Your Mindful Counselor - Suellen Fagin-Allen, JD, LMHC
2101 Park Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32835 - Telephone 407-432-3034
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About Suellen Fagin-Allen, JD, LMHC - Your Mindful Counselor
I'm a human being, just like you. My life has had ups and downs, like yours. What I find fascinating about life is that it's always changing - and I've learned to be curious, flexible and comfortable with change. Most of my career has involved helping people like you navigate through challenging situations and times. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the reactions people have when they realize that they have been able to get through difficulties they had never anticipated they'd be able to negotiate in their past lives.
And, I would be delighted to help you, too!
For those who'd like to know a bit more about me, here are a few tidbits.
I really love learning. That's why I've earned three advanced degrees - in music, law and mental health counseling. And, I'm immensely grateful to have been able to utilize all three of them during my career. I got my Master's in Counseling from Rollins College in 2004, just as menopause was hitting me full force at age 50. After surviving that with my sense of humor and resiliency intact, I shared those strengths with people dealing with severe and persistent mental illnesses and with people in a drug court alternative treatment program prior to opening my private practice in 2010. As I prepare to celebrate the sixth anniversary of that opening, I look back in appreciation for the many wonderful people I've been privileged to serve as counselor, stress management consultant, mindfulness teacher, coach, cheerleader and temporary support system as they worked their way back to wholeness after sometimes devastating losses and setbacks.
I really love my spouse of 28 years, Robert, and our wonderful cats, currently Kiddo, Onyx and Pixie Ann Pearl. We also enjoy keeping up with our large brood of nieces and nephews and their children via social media.
I really love the health and independence I am so fortunate to have as a person with a physical handicap from birth who utilizes a wheelchair for mobility. That chair and its predecessors have taken me to exciting places and adventures here and abroad and have helped grow me into someone who loves helping others make the most of what they've got while accepting and embracing the very human limitations they share with all of us.
I really love my sobriety. Alcohol was a coping strategy in my family of origin, and I drank too much for too many years. Now, at over seventeen years of sobriety, I am privileged to help others discontinue or reduce their reliance on substances and processes of abuse and rejoin life in progress.
All that being said, I'd like to know more about you! Read on to find out more about my clients and the issues they have resolved through our work together.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu
On the beach at Deerness, Orkney Island, Scotland on our 25th anniversary trip.