in 23 days, 21 hours, 43 minutes
Author | Speaker | Licensed Professional Counselor
Beyond Beautiful: A Journey of Hope and Discovery available hereA note from Valerie:
Before I met Alane my book was a dream. She took me from the idea to the product. Actually holding my dream. I had poems in my personal journals that could be helpful for others to read. Emotional Catharsis was one of my intentions for offering my personal journey for others to experience. My Counseling office could be “on the road.” People would ask me for help with their friend or family member who hadn’t gotten out of bed for 3 years. And they were in another state. Or, a teammate who showed signs of an Eating Disorder; how to tell this person about me. My coffee table, multi-sensory experience called Beyond Beautiful: A Journey of Hope and Discovery in Photo and Verse could be a gift for a person who may never step into my therapeutic space. Since working with Alane I have started to think of myself as a writer. This was not in my Self Image before. I have something to contribute to the world. She helped me see another way to meet people where they are. The written word is a powerful thing and I have a part in touching the soul of a person in existential crisis. I will always remember the first day of being an author. I was texting Alane and asked if I was an Author now. She texted back that I am a “Published Author!” Talk about increasing my self-identity!! Now I feel all tingly when I see someone experience my book. Sometimes people cry when they look at it. I sometimes give a disclaimer that it is powerful. Poetry can reach folks. Emotions are outside the space-time continuum. They do not simply go away because this thing called time has passed. The pain of loss, change, trauma is still there. My book can tap into that well. Find a Counselor in your area who can help you process that wonderful resource of your experience. Read my book and realize it’s still there.
“I enjoy helping women realize their potential, and was able to write about how I had been coming alongside women in a voluntary capacity,” Valerie replies to the question of what inspires her practice of psychotherapy. “Women have a tendency to care for everyone but themselves. This is a powerful place in the world, but can lead to feeling depleted and empty.”
What Valerie offers her clients comes from what she has worked on for herself. Know that she has walked her walk and desires to share that with others who are on their path of finding their life’s purpose and strength.
Beyond Beautiful: A Journey of Hope and Discovery
When a woman achieves her personal best in life, it naturally oozes into the lives of those around her. The woman is like the center of a flower, and as the petals of her life open, she realizes more of her innate potential, and the people around her start to open too.
Most women need to feel beautiful, and when they recover from the pain in life to embrace more of their natural essence they become Beyond Beautiful!
To make this happen, a woman needs to work through the many physical, career, relational, emotional and spiritual transitions that occur in her life. These transitions and experiences give her opportunities for growth and awareness.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, author Valerie Montgomery creatively supports each client as they pass through their life challenges, meeting women where they are and holding them as they become more aware of themselves and where they want to be.
This book of verse is an extension of Valerie’s support and presents an opportunity for the women in your life to be held as they journey through the pain with Valerie, and then be amazed as they find the beauty in themselves from the process. Join the author on her journey and find that you, too, are Beyond Beautiful.