Hi Friends! We have been working on a little project for the past almost 100 days of Live Oak :)
We have been interviewing the people of Midland. Living Oaks of Midland... people who are investing their lives in walking with others on their journey toward living a full life. May is Mental Health Month... it is a matter that weighs heavily on my heart and I am so grateful for anyone and everyone in the movement to help shine a light on it and walk with others into freedom. Molly is a friend and a compassionate advocate for every individual who feels alone, stuck, discouraged, lost and afraid.... Here is our coffee talk, may it encourage and inspire you. And if you need help in this area, there is no shame... get help. Talk to someone. Don't go this alone... we were made for community.
Name: Molly Sowels MA LPC, Clinical Therapist
Occupation: Clinical Therapist
Family: Wife to Matt, mother to Hannah, Colton, and Carter. Nana to Ava.
How many years in Midland: Lifetime Midland resident, her grandma was a cheerleader for MHS :)
Educational background: Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Michigan State University, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Central Michigan University. Formally trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children.
Community Involvement: Social Worker for Royal Family Kids Camp and for Royal Family Kids Club of Mid Michigan,
Personal Testimony: Seeing the miracle of God’s provision over and over in my life and seeing the fruit of the Scripture that says “God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes in Christ Jesus”.
Personal Philosophy: I purpose to love all people, kind or not kind, broken or not. Contrary to popular belief, as a therapist it isn’t my job to fix people. My job is to come alongside clients in the therapy process and walk with them through the discomfort, pain, or anguish as they reach growth and healing. It truly is an honor to listen to my clients’ personal stories and be invited into their world.
Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:26 the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
Favorite Quote: “To love at all is to be vulnerable” C.S. Lewis
Pruning Moments: God used many relationships that didn’t bear fruit to become part of my sanctification. He has taught me to discern His voice from mine. I am learning to better quiet myself and quiet my mind before Him. Learning to distinguish between facts and feelings has helped me to gain strength and centering.
Where do you get your grounding? I am an extrovert! From relationships, connections with people; most of all God, He is my anchor. Good self-care and healthy boundaries are imperative for my well-being.
What are your most treasured connections? My family.
What are your dreams? To be the best wife and mom I can, and to nurture and help others. I would love to own a Bed and Breakfast one day, my husband and I are adventurers and enjoy visiting different B&Bs as we travel.
What are you passionate about? Caring for others.
What breaks your heart? Loneliness, I want people to know that they are not alone.
How do you want to change or improve Midland? My hope is to help strengthen relationships, strengthen families in this community. The family unit is such a precious gift, I have a heart to help parents and children connect, support, and love each other in a way that they leave a legacy for future generations.
How have the winds of life strengthened you? I believe people have one of two different perceptions about the wind: I can see it as something that will blow me over, something that is destructive or even scary. Or, I can perceive the wind as something that is meant to strengthen me, something that will cause me to be more resilient, more flexible, more rooted in the things that matter in life. And so it is with therapy. We can choose to perceive things in a helpful or unhelpful manner, it is our choice.
-Written with love, Renee' Deckrow