“Gretchen, so much of the good that presently fills my life flows from the time I have spent with you. In the course of our working together, you have listened, informed, educated, encouraged, consoled, comforted, challenged, supported, guided, affirmed, inspired- and much more! You take counseling to a new level by infusing your practice with empathy, caring and kindness in a way that has “heart” and models the energy and light about which you so often speak.
Thank you for listening; for creating a space that is safe; for respectfully divining the circumstances central to each individual’s development and learning their unique language; for creating an atmosphere in which to explore without judgment while adhering to certain inviolable truths; for holding a space for the best in us even when we are not ready to occupy it; and for doing it all with extraordinary grace and humor. It is in this environment that my partner and I continue to find our way towards one another and perhaps more importantly toward ourselves.”