Who I Am
Usually, when I ask those who come to counseling, "who are you?" most tell me their history of conflict or trauma and the reason for counseling.
The reason for this is, most people don't know themselves very well, and the same could be said for me for many years.
There are many reasons we come to dislike or even hate ourselves however, in the scriptures I do my best to put the past away. Don't live in the past and its traumas, but move forward into Adonai's future, one filled with hope and prosperity, which may unexpectedly differ from what you imagine.
Born while my parents worked for Catholic missionaries at Rosebud (Ogalala Sioux) Reservation outside Rapid City SD, we moved to Custer SD.
My older brother was born one year and two weeks prior to my birth, while a second brother came along one year and one month later. Four years later, a third brother, then another four years and a sister joined the family.
In the third grade, I was eight years old, having started school at age five, the three oldest of the then four siblings were placed in a Catholic school, always referred to as an orphanage for it felt like we had been abandoned.
This catholic school was not a nice place and, after my brothers ran away, mom and dad finally removed us from the school.
A lot of years in-between as an atheist and sinner of ill repute, after a couple of children born out of wedlock and a couple of disastrous relationships with married men, one of whom came to be the father of my one son, I ended up in even more trouble with whatever trouble came along, which brought me eventually to my knees before the Lord of Heaven.
Needless to say, at this point, I became a believer in Yeshua aka Jesus Christ and returned to school to become a counselor. After graduating with a master of Education in guidance and counseling I attended university for a doctorate and eventually transferred to another program and graduated in 2009.
A Biblical and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington since 2001. Prior to counseling, for twenty-two years I was a registered nurse working in the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit until I accepted a position working in-the-home with children who were terminally and/or critically ill and in need of long-term care outside the hospital.
After some twenty-two years as a counselor, while I still counsel part-time, most of the time I spend writing. At first I wrote nonfiction, but since 2019 I've been writing fiction, and now am into fantasy.
Check out my author's website at www.brandymarks.com