Hali here. Although I've practiced psychotherapy in secular settings for almost 15 years, faith is an important part of who I am. The idea of naming my practice 12 Stones Counselling Services came from an Old Testament story of the Israelites travelling to Canaan. On their journey, an enormous barrier presented itself in the form of a river too big for them to safely cross on their own. But then God parted the Jordan (just as He had the Red Sea when they escaped Egypt) so the Israelites could cross the river on dry land. And once on the other side, they built an altar made from 12 stones they had picked up from the riverbed as a reminder of their experience (Joshua, chapter 4).
I often explain to my clients that journalling is about more than just writing thoughts down on paper - it's anything that takes what's trapped on the inside and gets it out. This helps us process our experiences and remember our growth. The stones the Israelites placed on the banks of the Jordan River were, in a very real sense, a kind of collective (or community) journalling. The stones served as a benchmark and reminder, not only of God's faithfulness to His people, but also of the courage, determination, and persistence the Israelites had that day.
The benefit of remembering the things we've faced and overcome is much the same: it builds our confidence; it helps us take on future challenges; it can become a beacon for others struggling through similar problems. My hope for 12 Stones Counselling Services is that this can be a place where many people will overcome the difficult things they face and a reminder to all that hope is always present.