Mining Stories, Crafting Words, Loving Living Things
"She is a wise, compelling, and life-giving presence" -
~ Dan B. Allender, Founder of The Allender Center, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology - Founding President and Professor of Counseling Psychology, Author of Healing the Wounded Heart, Intimate Allies and To be Told
"“I have known Jan Proett for twenty five years. She is my first choice whenever my friends need a counselor. The truth is, if you can get in to see Jan, you’re immensely fortunate and should seize the opportunity immediately. She’s wonderful"
~John Eldredge ~ author of The Sacred Romance, Wild at Heart, and Beautiful Outlaw.
""Jan is an intuitive artist who knows where the all secrets are hidden in the human psyche and soul ....she knows where the grace is hidden, too . . . "
~Kathryn Helmers, Literary Agent, Creative Trust Literary Group
"Her fierce integrity and tenacious belief in the redemptive, reconciling work of the the Gospel is something to behold."
~ The Rev. Joel Pinson, International Anglican Church
"Jan’s words are piercing – they bring comfort, hope, and healing"
~Vance F. Brown - Chairman and CEO, Cherwell Software, Inc. (cherwell.com) Founder and Chairman, Band of Brothers Ministry (bandofbrothers.org)
I am married to Steve and we love sharing life with three adult daughters and our grandchildren.
I am a licensed professional counselor, speaker and author of The Allure of Hope, Listening to Love and Beauty and the Bitch: Grace for the Worst in Me.
I have been a counselor for thirty years. I've been involved in trauma-informed care in the United States, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Philippines, North America and Southern, Central and East Africa. I was formerly on the facilitation team at The Allender Center, and
have had the privilege of engaging the stories of countless women during Sexual Abuse Recovery Week workshops. I serve on the board of several non-profits committed to serving those who have been exploited.
I am happiest when my hands are in the soil, and happier still at harvest time. It's good when I can be on a mountain, hiking or skiing. I love being in, cultivating, fighting for and enjoying my marriage. And I love fighting for the marriages of friends. I love words, and I both love and lament their power. The people I most respect are those who cultivate a rich inner life and an honest outer life, a life of service. I'm grateful to be surrounded by such folks.
The greatest pleasure, but also the most challenging aspect of my life, is seeking to follow Jesus Christ. This does inform my work with people, but not in the ways you might think (and I will always honor your personal faith, religious beliefs or lack thereof).
The true face of Christiantiy is not angry, positioned and arrogant, nor is it plastic, stiff and strained. Rather it is completely for you: passionate, grieved, in awe, intelligently humorous, fierce and loving. And it is meant to bring freedom.