Welcome to Heartful Path Therapy
I began my social work career in 1992 working with people who were homeless in Seattle. At that time, my focus was chiefly on addressing homelessness from a social justice perspective by including homeless people in the political process. By the mid 1990s, I served in AmeriCorps – where I had the time of my life creating an education program for homeless youth. Though not yet a therapist, it was these early experiences where I found that people could find solutions to life’s problems when given the support, encouragement, and tools to discover it for themselves. It was not until I was in graduate school at Portland State when I first tried my hand at therapy, working with Vietnam Veterans at the VA Hospital.
Since graduating with my MSW in 2001, I have had an extraordinary career providing therapy in a variety of settings; including homeless shelters, residential programs, HIV/AIDS organizations, a correctional facility, and community mental health agencies. I have had the privilege of serving diverse groups of people including those living with serious mental illness, survivors of trauma and abuse, people struggling with addiction, self-injury, eating disorders, and those facing their own mortality.
For me, regardless of who I have worked with, I have always been astounded by the ability of people to not only overcome the struggles in their lives, but to move beyond suffering and learn to lead lives worth living.
J Workman-Purvine, LCSW