Suzanne Hales

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Suzanne Hales

Ed.D, LPC, LMFT, Diplomate Jungian Analyst

Individual Therapist In McKinney TX

As a freshman in college I took my first psychology class and I immediately knew I loved learning about human behavior and why we do what we do. I was amazed to learn that 93% of our behavior is due to our unconscious and only 7% of what we do comes from our conscious mind. I was immediately intrigued and spent the next 30 years of my academic training pursuing more knowledge and experience with the unconscious.

 

Initially I taught in the public school system and coached young women, beginning the women’s athletic program in McKinney in 1976. My curiosity about how the athletic performance of girls was tied to their self-perception led me to explore how our concepts of self are formed. We learn perceptions of self early in our lives, and often those perceptions are inaccurate. We are each born with an inner beauty and competence, but early in our lives we begin to lose sight of who we really are. We develop a false self, one that hides our true self, but one which attempts to get us the love we seek and need. To me, therapy is a process or a way of rediscovering who we really are and once again finding that inner beauty that we lost along the way.

 

During this work with young athletes, I began to develop a dream to create a place where people could discover their authentic selves and learn to see themselves accurately. A safe place where needs could be identified and met, where pain could be heard and valued, where imperfections could be honored and not judged. This was the beginning of a deep yearning in my heart for a place of healing, where I could listen to people’s dreams, fears and heartaches. In 1986 I opened the doors of Counseling and Consulting Associates of North Texas. Today, CCA is home for thirteen other therapists and one psychiatrist working with me toward this dream.

 

I view therapy as a process where my clients learn about their inner selves. I help each one identify how they lost him/herself—and more importantly, how that inner self can be recovered. For me, therapy is a spiritual process where I am blessed to enter into the process with another human being. I work with individuals, couples, and also groups. I also lead workshops and retreats in the local area and further afield, including at the new Crescent Moon Retreat Center in the Kiamichi Wilderness in Oklahoma. I also am continuing my exploration and learning about the lifelong influence of the unconscious by training as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich.

 

As a therapist, I encourage you to search until your heart lets you know where you can be heard. The journey is holy. Our pain does not mean we are defective: it simply means we are trying to grow…to create a new consciousness. Just as nature is cyclical, so are our lives. Moments of birth, learning, sadness, fears, darkness, even death…which in time moves us back to the new life of springtime. One of my favorite sayings is a quote from Albert Camus, “In the midst of wintertime, there is in me, an invincible springtime.”

 

I have been married for 36 years and have survived the adolescence of two beautiful adult daughters.

Education

1974 BS in Psychology
1986 MS in Counseling with emphasis in Marriage and Family
1998 Ed.D. in Counseling

Licenses and Certification

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Imago Therapist

CCA Therapist Since

July 1985

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