Paul Babb, Eds, Acs, LPC-mhsp
If you need help, please reach out and let’s talk. I would be glad to spend time with you over the phone to see if I would be a good fit as a counselor for you. My fees are $140/50-minute session and I do offer a sliding scale based on need and appointment availability.
My number is 615-481-8181 or reach me through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinical Specialties/Services include Addiction and Recovery, Men’s issues, Depression, Grief counseling, Anxiety/Stress Management, Trauma/PTSD work, Relationship/Boundary issues, Personal Growth, Spirituality issues and Work/Life Balance.
From the deepest part of our very existence, we reach, we cry, we wonder, we yearn, and we struggle to find meaning and purpose in life. Instinctively we sense an inner calling to know more and to live more, but at times, we become confused, disheartened, and discouraged. The negative voices of the past, present and future clamor for our attention and we find ourselves lost and set adrift in the despair of the realization that I am not where I need and want to be.
Sometimes the biggest question is simply, “where do I begin?”
I understand this story because I’ve followed a similar path in my own journey.
For years, I walked around thinking that there was something fundamentally wrong with me and that meant I wasn’t as important, valuable, or lovable as everyone else.
I believed that if I did what I thought other people expected of me then I would be happy and content in my own life. In a lot of ways, it made sense to me because how could there ever be a problem or an issue if I did everything to make everyone happy? What I didn’t realize at the time is that my depression and anxiety were being fueled by this quest to be perfect in everything that I did. As the inner struggle raged, I developed two strategies to manage my pain; the first was to do more as maybe I wasn’t trying hard enough and second was to numb out or simply distract myself from recognizing that I was feeling anything. Regardless, both “solutions” left me empty inside and gave me more reason to dislike myself.
After several years of repeated disappointment, embarrassment, and self-exhaustion, I finally set aside the illusion that I could fix everything by myself.
At the darkest and most fractured time in my life, I was blessed to be given the gifts of humility, hope and a desperate willingness to do whatever I had to do to change my life. I found encouragement and support through individual and group therapy, marriage counseling, spiritual direction, and the addictions community. My life today is profoundly greater and more meaningful than I could have ever imagined and it is my own experience that inspires me to help others who find themselves battling similar hardships.
This is what I carried with me into the work I did for almost 15 years as a mobile crisis counselor, a mental health specialist and a program manager in the Davidson County Jail. In each of my roles, I saw firsthand the transformative power of human support and connection despite being a witness to an insurmountable amount of pain, grief, doubt, and calamity. It has been through a culmination of all my experiences where I have witnessed firsthand the instinctual and internal drive to make sense of the world around us and most importantly, to make sense of the world inside of us.
In a lot of ways, you’ve already taken a very significant step forward simply by seeking out the information you have found here.
Your willingness to consider other resources and support is a key ingredient in finding a life changing solution to your current struggles.
I would love the opportunity to hear more about your experiences and your hope for the future.
First-Time Appointment Paperwork:
- Initial Assessment - Please complete and bring this form with you to your first session.
- Protected Health Information - Please read this form prior to your first session.
- Counseling Policy & Processes - Please read this form prior to your first session.
- Social Media Policy - Please complete and bring this form with you to your first session.