Who does this work?
Who are the individuals who work with those who’ve been impacted by trauma?
What do their journey’s look like?
Has it been a direct path?
Or perhaps a more circuitous one? Like mine.
And is there a commonality within those paths?
I would say, yes.
It’s that we’ve been called to do this work.
This week, though my guest doesn’t specialize in trauma, he is a clinician, and he and his story inspired me to reflect on this topic of a calling, and what it is that brings each of us to this work.
Mike Shook is now living and working in China. And the story of how he got there, and came to work there, is pretty inspiring.
Mike is husband to Becca and father to John. He has lived in China since 2007, where he worked for an NGO caring for children with medical needs before beginning a career in mental health counseling with expatriates living in Beijing.
Mike holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University and serves on the leadership team of his Chi Sigma Iota chapter. He also serves as a leader and elder in his church, Oasis Christian Fellowship in Beijing. Mike loves Jesus, his family, reading, beer, good food, and the outdoors. Mike is also the host of The Thoughtful Counselor podcast.