Jason Eicher LPC
“To be loved and not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” Timothy Keller
Philosophy of Counseling
In the Natal tribes of southern Africa there is a common greeting, Sawubona. This greeting means I see you. As a human being this is my passion, as a counselor it is my position. I see you. You may be reading this because you are curious who I am or if I can help you overcome a mental health disorder.
will do my best to see you, to see you beyond your problem, diagnosis or disorder and see you as a person, a fellow human being. With all the modern technologies and platforms created with good intentions to connect us to each other it has also, unfortunately, had adverse effects. It has caused our humanity to become obscured and hidden. I will strive not only to see you presently, in your current situation, but to see where you came from and where you can go. As a human being and a counselor I strive to see my clients through hope filled lenses. As Helen Keller put it “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
The natural response to the greeting Sawubona in the tribal communities is Sikhona which means I am here. That is all that is required of you. To be here. To bring yourself, and be yourself. As you read this I cannot see you but in my presence I will strive to see you as you are but also help you to see a new you that you did not know could exist.