Stories & New Endings by Kera Adeola MA, LADC

Stories & New Endings

Have you ever connected with a story that changed your life? As an avid reader, I believe in the
power and strength of a well written story. Think about the books, movies, and television shows
that you enjoy. What are the stories that resonate with you and what about them do you
resonate with specifically?

Fictional stories can leave an impression and I find that real life stories leave a more lasting
impact. As a professional counselor, I have the honor of sitting across from my clients as they
share and unpack their life experiences in the therapeutic process. I have witnessed the healing
that can occur when someone begins to explore the stories that impact how they view
themselves or the world around them.

In my office there is a quote from researcher and author, Dr. Brene Brown that reads: “When we
deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending”. This
quote guides my counseling philosophy and my direct work with clients because there is power
in deconstructing narratives that no longer serve you and there is courage in writing new stories.

In this post, I want to provide you with some questions for personal reflection:

  • What stories have you been denying?
  • Where did these stories come from?
  • Have these stories begun to define your life? If so, in what ways?

What would it look like to own your story and write a brave new ending?
If you are ready to write your brave new ending and would like a companion on the journey,
please reach out to schedule a counseling appointment with me.


I believe there is healing power in owning and sharing our stories. We all have parts of our story that we wrestle with, hide, run from, or try to numb. Through my personal and professional experience, I have been amazed by the resiliency and strength of the human experience. I understand the courage and trust that is required to work through these parts of our stories. I feel honored when a client invites me to journey with them in their healing process through counseling. I am passionate about creating safe places for the individuals I work with. My goal as your counselor is to help you feel heard, seen, and valued.

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