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Hello, and welcome to Numinous Counseling and Wellness. My name is Bryan Norman, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. I've been counseling individuals, couples, and groups since 2010, and have a wide range of experience.
I believe that therapy is a dynamic and even sacred process of inner growth. Healing arises when we begin to see ourselves through the lens of compassion. What a difference it makes when we can explore ourselves with gentle curiosity and courage rather than criticism and contempt!
Goodness of fit: It's important to think about fit when finding the right therapist for your needs. I've provided some ideas of who will likely fit well with the work I do with clients.
Who likely is a good fit: You're generally stable, and fairly self-aware. You have coping skills, use them, and in general, can regulate your emotions. You have done work in and/or out of therapy, and are interested in doing deeper work with yourself.
Who likely is not a good fit: Your life, emotions, and/or mood are not stable. You don't really know yourself, do not use coping skills, and cannot regulate your emotions. You want a quick fix, or want me to fix you. You've never been to therapy before, are not willing to put in the work required, and you're not interested in doing deeper work.
My role as therapist: A big part of what I do as a therapist is help you identify barriers that are keeping you from having your best life possible, and to work together to unburden these parts. When under stress, we have many emotions, sensations, beliefs, and behaviors that overwhelm our ability to see things clearly. In those times, we often feel stuck or trapped. My job is to help you shift that sense of stuckness, see things with greater clarity, and provide you with some tools to help along the way.
I believe that curiosity, compassion, and copious amounts of humor are agents of positive and lasting change. If you are interested in doing deeper work with yourself, such as processing your traumatic past, connecting with unknown parts, or building a well of self-compassion and understanding then please reach out!
My influences: I am influenced by both Western and Eastern psychological and philosophical traditions, and utilize a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach to guide my practice. I draw from several Western modalities, including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Exposure and Response Prevention, as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing. My ethos is influenced by Buddhism, Animism, and our inseparable connection with nature.
Again, welcome to Numinous Counseling and Wellness!
Alphie (left) and Gemma (right). They are good friends. Gemma was a pound puppy rescue.
As I lie on the desert floor,
this sacred earth beneath my body,
I am held once more
by this land that offers to sustain me.
Gentle winds convey their mirth
as they swirl around this frame,
and prepare me for the rebirth
each day brings.
Embodying me, the radiant sun beams.
And I, in turn, bask in its splendor,
as it offers me a dream
within this liminal space.
The gentle grasses and clover,
damp from the morning dew
beckon me to move slower,
to pause and feel into this gift…this life.
As I lie on the desert floor
and welcome these elements in abundance,
I am given an entrance, a door,
to the wonderful, the intelligent, and the numinous.
-Bryan D Norman 2021
Numinous Counseling and Wellness, LLC stands in solidarity with reproductive rights, the BIPOC community, and the LGBTQIAP community. We embrace difference, diversity, and intersectionality. We do not tolerate discrimination or bigotry in this practice.