"I'll help you figure out where you are in life so you can figure out where you want to go."

You are here ➡️

Maybe you've experienced a mall during the Christmas season. The scene is usually chaotic. It can be a beautiful sight - but there are distractions everywhere - and maybe you've got just one or two specific stops to make and limited time to make them. Perhaps the idea of pushing through the crowd seems overwhelming - even painful. 

One of the first places you might visit is the map at the front entrance. Maybe you're looking for Kay Bee Toys or Radio Shack (shout out to the 90's kids) and don't have time to wander around until you happen to find them. Consulting the map will help you to establish a direct path that gets you where you want to go as quickly as possible. 

During that meeting with the mall map you might first locate the store you want to visit, however, there's one all-important thing you have to do before you can get there:  you have to establish where you are. The most convenient stationary maps will include a big "YOU ARE HERE," to help out. If not, you're going to have to look at what's around you so you can figure it out.

Navigating life is similar. Except there's no "YOU ARE HERE," designation on the map. In fact, there isn't even a map. And if you enter the fray without knowing where you are and where you're going, it's easy for time to slip away while you wander aimlessly. Perhaps, while the chaos carries on around you, questions like "why am I here?" or "where am I going?" are running through your mind. Perhaps you sense, as most of us do, that you need purpose to make your life meaningful. For our own peace of mind, we need purpose and direction. Sometimes, anxiety and depression result from these issues going unresolved.

Additionally, for many of us, establishing where we are involves looking at where we came from. Speech is more powerful than we realize and telling our story out loud can help us to define it, and own it, rather than the reverse.

Here at Tyler's Place Counseling, we will work with you to help you determine where you are so you can choose where to go. We will work to analyze what struggles you are facing, their underlying causes, and try to change the behaviors and thought patterns that are keeping you from being the person you want to be.

If you're ready to get on a path that leads to a more fulfilling life, you've come to the right place. Reach out today so we can work to get you on course.

About Benjamin Highley

I am a husband, father of six, and traditional pocket knife enthusiast. I drink an unreasonable amount of coffee. My favorite chainsaw is the Stihl 462. In my youth, I dropped out of college three times before eventually graduating three times. I know the immense pressure of being responsible for the support and well-being of seven other humans and what a toll that takes on a person.

I've spent more than 15 years working directly with teens in environments that can be high stress - first, in a locked facility for justice involved youth and then as a school-based counselor in a public high school. Four of my own children are currently teens. Our oldest graduated college as a high school junior and is working on another degree. Our second and third children each carry a GPA of better than 4.2 as they also pursue college credit in high school.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio and hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University. I also hold a Master of Arts in Ministry from God's Bible School and College in Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (also from GBSC).

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