Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Fuhro, LPC, LPCC.
Hi Liz, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Growing up, as an only child, I was always observing others, and fascinated with why people do what they do. In school, psychology and sociology classes interested me but somewhere along the way I got the message that you could not make good money in the field of psychology. So, I took the ‘safe’ path and pursued a degree in accounting with plans to become a CPA.
In college, a toxic relationship and development of an eating disorder brought me into therapy for help. During those years of therapy, I began my road to recovery, found my way out of that relationship, regained the passion for life, and graduated college with a degree in business.
Throughout those tough years of early recovery and self-reflection, I discovered traits about myself that I had for so many years tried to change because they didn’t fit into what society deemed as normal. I found validation in being who I am instead of trying to conform to what I thought I was ‘supposed’ to be. For example, I accepted my introversion by discovering the concept of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) and understanding my rare (1% of population) personality type, INFJ. Notably, INFJ (a Myers Briggs personality type) is often called ‘The Counselor’.
From the healing and growth in my own therapy journey, I grew a passion for helping others heal, accept themselves, and thrive in their lives. I knew then that eventually I wanted to become a therapist. In my late 20s, I met my now husband of 10 years. Over our years together, I talked about wanting to go back to graduate school for counseling many times. I put it on the ‘someday I will do that’ list and got stuck looking for the perfect time to start. I know now that things unfolded in the time that I was ready for them. Once I had a stable home, supportive and encouraging spouse, and solid recovery, I was ready to take that leap to change careers. In 2012, at the age of 30, I enrolled in graduate school at Lindenwood University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Unlike undergrad, graduate school was stimulating, thought-provoking, and filled my intellectual cup. After my first class, I knew that I was on the right path. I finally felt like I was around ‘my people’ and lifelong friendships developed. Upon graduation, I started a private practice and gradually transitioned from corporate America to owning my own therapy practice.
My husband and I had been talking about moving to the Southwest for a while. The unknown was what that journey was going to look like. In 2017, my husband got an offer to work in Southern California and all of a sudden, I was packing up our 1st home and we were moving to paradise! I closed my St. Peters, MO therapy office, moved my practice to a virtual setting, and continued to work with clients via teletherapy (telehealth) – before it was the norm it is today. This past year my clients were so grateful to have one thing in their lives not change when everything around them was unknown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, my joy comes from authentically connecting with my friends, volunteering at my local animal shelter, going to car shows and concerts with my husband, hiking, and exploring new parts of the Southwest.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I would say that the journey has not been linear but a pattern of tidal waves, choppy waters, and many times of smooth sailing along the way. One of my favorite quotes is, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” ― Steve Jobs
This quote reminds me that the path to what we want is not always clear but at many points along the way you can look back to see how the dots have connected to bring you to the place you are supposed to be.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Forever Evolving Counseling?
I provide personalized psychotherapy for adult individuals experiencing challenges in both their personal and professional lives. This includes matters of coping with anxiety, codependency, emotional eating, body image, attachment issues, self-care, self-compassion, personal growth, goal setting, and/or confidence. Through a process of self-discovery and self-reflection, my clients work to build a stronger & healthier relationship with themselves, adopt new reactions to their struggles, and challenge limiting beliefs.
From my own personal journey, I know that emotional healing begins by sharing your story in a non-judgmental safe space. The therapeutic theories and techniques I use are designed to strengthen confidence and assist clients in their unique healing process. I believe that everyone (no matter the severity of struggle) can benefit from a safe, non-biased place that provides reflection, mental health education, and can be solely their worldview.
I believe, to thrive is to continuously grow our emotional intelligence through our personal experiences and interactions with others, hence Forever Evolving.
Currently, my practice, Forever Evolving Counseling, services all of the St. Louis Metro area, the state of Missouri, and the state of California via teletherapy (telehealth).
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I am the only child of my parents so I grew up fairly lonely. Fortunately, I had a good friend that today I consider my sister and best friend. My upbringing was privileged in the area of having food, a nice home, good schooling, safe community, etc. Unfortunately, it was not in the way of emotional support and stability. My mother was unable to care for me as a child due to mental illness, so I often felt like I was on my own in figuring out the world. I realized later that wanting to understand my mother’s illness fueled my desire to learn more about mental health and psychology. I am grateful for the models and caregivers I did have growing up but often felt like I was my own parent.
Looking back, especially as a teenager, I did make it very challenging to be parented. I was fiercely independent, got good grades, and was often quiet – some would describe me as shy. I now know that I take in the world at a slower pace, get overstimulated easily, and need some time to formulate my thoughts and opinions. In middle school, I enjoyed spending time with friends, playing violin, and volleyball. When high school came around, my focus became social activities that involved drugs and alcohol. I realize now that substances helped me quiet my anxious and self-critical mind. My grades suffered and I lost direction. I didn’t feel like I fit anywhere in high school and let my anxiety drive my behaviors. Because of my intelligence, I feel I was able to get by in high school, graduate, go to college and start working full time but I left untapped potential during those years. Today, I see that these struggles helped me become the compassionate and non-judgmental person it takes to be an effective psychotherapist.
- $125 50-minute individual therapy session
- $65 30-minute individual therapy session
- $40 90-minute group therapy session
- Email: Liz@ForeverEvolvingCounseling.com
- Website: https://www.foreverevolvingcounseling.com/
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