​​​Finding Your Way

Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

Life Empowerment Guide

Ordained Interfaith Minister

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WHY GUIDANCE, COACHING & THERAPY WORK...


  They work because they facilitate you in not only telling your life story, but more importantly, creating and writing your life story.  Being the creator of your life and telling your story works because it combines the cathartic value of storytelling with the healing power of having a skilled listener guide you through the process of learning skills so that you may re-tell your story with clarity of thought,

control of emotions, and character-building new behavior.


“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” ~ Isak Dinesen

  Storytelling lives at the heart of human experience—it is a compelling form of personal communication as ancient as language itself.  In this complex and diverse world, storytelling survives as a phenomenon that we share in common and from which we can learn valuable life lessons.  If we listen, learn, and live the lessons taught from our life story and those of others, then we will ensure our success; if we ignore the lessons of our stories, it will condemn us to fail to move forward – we will remain stuck.


  My deepest intention in encouraging my clients to tell their stories is to help each of them discover the unlimited potential of each human being to manifest miracles in his or her life.  Every life is a story. Great stories contain the elements of ethos, pathos, and logos. The ethos is a person’s moral character, the source of his ability to persuade. The pathos is his ability to touch feelings, to move people emotionally. The logos is his ability to give solid reasons for an action, to move people intellectually.  What is your story?  How did it begin? How will it end?  You can take the elements and experiences of your life and weave them into a story that has any ending you desire.

 Storytelling for the traumatized individual serves as a vital part of the personal healing process and allows the person to make sense of the traumatic experiences. Clients are encouraged to tell their stories over and over; eventually the coherence of the narrative will bring coherence to the event.  Having a sense of coherence is vital to recovering  health and well-being.  Confession is good for the soul.


  From my perspective, during the period of time that a client is telling me his or her story –no matter how brief or long that measure of time may be – it is a time when he or she may experience some respite while I carry the burden.  So many people don’t tell their stories because they don’t want to put their burden on anyone else.  But there are helping, experienced, caring people like me who are strong enough, and willing, to carry the load so you can rest and recover.


 As a Life Empowerment Guide, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Director and a Psychologist, all these roles involve listening to people tell their stories.


  How may I help you rewrite your life story so that you are inspired to think, feel, and act lovingly - to make healthy choices, to live life with purpose, to peacefully resolve conflicts, and to be grateful, mindful, and truthful?


   “All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.”

~ Isak Dinesen​​