Your Mindful Counselor - Suellen Fagin-Allen, LMHC, PA
2101 Park Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32835 - Telephone 407-523-1213
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About Suellen Fagin-Allen, LMHC
Like you, I am a person solidly in mid-life who has wrestled with most of the same issues I'm inviting you to contemplate. I've had my struggles and triumphs, as we have all had. Sometimes my life has felt magical, at other times hellish, and at still other times merely humdrum. Early on, I decided that regardless of what happened, I would do my best to live an interesting life and to make it count for something. I can help you do the same with yours.
I came to the counseling field relatively late in life after pursuing an eclectic career path that included work in the health insurance, music, law, business and non-profit management fields. Always curious about what made people 'tick', I returned to graduate school for the third time and earned my Master of Arts in Counseling from Rollins College with honors at age 50. After working in community mental health, substance abuse and court alternative programs, I entered private practice in 2010 - and and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. I am grateful for every day that I am alive and feel privileged to help people create or rediscover a sense of purpose, passion and fulfillment that can manifest even in the darkest of circumstances.
Among the significant influences on my own personal growth and thriving are a stable, supportive marriage of 33+ years, two beloved feline companions, 22+ years of continuous sobriety, faith in a Higher Power which I fully admit I don't understand, myriad opportunities for education and travel, musical ability, a keen and sometimes bizarre sense of humor, living successfully with a physical handicap from birth using a wheelchair for mobility, an insatiable thirst for learning, parents from whom I inherited a ruggedly independent disposition, a strong support system, and confidence in the resiliency of the human spirit, of which I see ample evidence through my work every day.
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Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. - Virginia Satir