Meet Blake Blankenbecler

The Basics

How do you spend your spare time?

I like to spend time with my husband Jordan, practicing yoga, browsing an old bookstore, playing in the outdoors, and eating good food.

Describe yourself in five words

Passionate, Kind, Intelligent, Dynamic, and Curious

About Your Practice

Why did you become a therapist?

I saw a gap in the kind of thoughtful conversations that required a person to enter in below the surface of their own heart. It’s in the depths of our own heart that we are faced with the tragedy and the glory of who we are. I wanted to be a part of the sacred work of entering into another’s story with hope and bravery. My own story of recovery has a lot to do with being a therapist; I believe fully in the change that happens from good, whole-hearted therapy.

What do you think is important for a client to look for in a therapist?

It’s important for a client to look for a therapist that genuinely cares for them. This is not someone who is going to give them all the answers to fix the problems of their life, rather this is someone who will hold and honor the stories and questions of their heart with compassion and integrity, who will hold up a mirror to their life, who will challenge them to hold the gravity and delight of their own story. It is through relationships that hurt, trauma, and abuse happen and it is also through relationships that healing happens. The therapeutic relationships requires it be one of immense trust.

How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist?

Saint Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” This quote encompasses how I incorporate faith into my work as a therapist. The call to full living is one that invites us to live from the bigger, fuller, eternal story. Whether a person comes from a specific faith tradition or none at all, faith in something outside of ourselves is often central for healing.

Favorites

Which TV show would you never miss?

Parenthood

What's your favorite author?

Pat Conroy and Dan Allender

What is your most treasured possession?

My journals, I’ve kept them consistently since college

Just for Fun

If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

Grilled portobello mushrooms, quinoa salad, and homemade chocolate chip cookies

What is a pastime or ritual you enjoy?

Going to the beach every summer with my family. We stay in an old 1920’s ocean front house that’s quaint and holds the memories of my childhood.

Other than your current home, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Either somewhere along the PNW or Cape Town, South Africa

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