Welcome. My name is Rose Longworth.
I immigrated to the US in 1985 from Ireland where I was born. I chose to study and become a counselor because I find that helping people understand themselves better is exciting to me. I have a Masters in Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I studied at both JMU and EMU in Harrisonburg, VA where I raised my three lovely children.
My initial practice with people included working with Wellness Groups, Substance Abuse Groups and Anger Management Groups and of course with individual counseling on a constant basis over the years. My work in Community Services Boards has educated me in a consistent and deep way so that I now am an executive counsellor specializing in Mental Health Wellness.
My interest in the psychoanalytic has led me into a deep study of dreams, of art, of shapes and colors and their interpretation. I have been recording and studying my dreams since I was 21. Along with studying to be counselor, my undergraduate degree was in art and creative writing. I have been interested in mandalas throughout the years, using a circle form in which to color and get in touch with the unconscious psyche. In 2004 I started studying MARI, Mandala Assessment Research Instrument which is recognized by The Counseling Board and by other Counseling Bodies as a legitimate form of assessment and treatment. This work gets past the blocks of trauma, as well as giving tools to release the pain held in for too long.
My inner work at this time has led me to develop an artistic tool to interpret the wisdom of dreams through drawing and writing. I have created a Dream Leaflet that anyone can use to engage with his or her unconscious. The emphasis is on using the right side of the brain to increase sense of well being and security.
I have a daily meditation practice that is the center of my spirituality. It includes yoga, singing, chanting, as well as stillness.
On my blog, I will be writing about my thoughts, prayers, blessings, inspired during and after meditations in the mornings and at other times of inspiration also. I hope to post my watercolor drawings, my dreams, the Leprechaun stories as a way of looking into the psychoanalytic in a more general way. I hope reading my blog helps you on your path in life as well.
I am also enjoying traveling and find that visiting Nepal, India and Guatemala in the last year were wonderful experiences exposing me to other cultures and their sacred paths. Traveling with a group of like minded travellers on retreat also blesses me with insights.
I led a dream workshop in my most recent excursion in Guatemala(see photos below) with a group of Kundalini Yoga Seekers. I talked up dreams with everyone and with people from other countries and felt the benefits of such work for me personally. My visits to Ireland and Europe also pull me into my roots, into places steeped in the mystical. I intend to keep traveling.
Personal Statement: When you work with me you can expect me to be a mental health counsellor drawing from many years of experience in healing. You will work with your dreams and your art and associations for an hourly session weekly as needed. I use artwork to illustrate your dream and look for a rhythm showing the inner conflict displayed in the dream.
I have developed a Dream Leaflet into which you put your dream, your personal dream illustration, your prayers, your goals, your issues, and your new focus for yourself. There is space there to place a message to yourself from your dream: that, “Opened letter to your self.” This work will bring struggle, satisfaction, laughter and energy to you. My attention to symbology, mythology, religions, archetypes, alchemy, poetry, psychic phenomena, chakras, art, bodywork, health, all coalesce to bring light into dreams, “The unopened letters to you.” This kind of attention brings out what is most important and what is most painful to be resolved. The dream links into the unconscious, bringing the possibility of transcendence, through the symbology. It focuses on blocked energy, it gets under depression, and releases energy into a new freedom whatever stage in life you are facing. On this pilgrimage of life, there comes a time to look into the Dark Woods and go where there is no path, to find yourself. The possibility of stimulating the deepest layers of the psyche, of understanding soul is there, through a walk through your own dream, your personal symbology. I have recorded and studied dreams since I was in my late teens and have worked professionally and personally with dreams for the last forty years in therapy and in groups.
KNOW THE KNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN. START NOW: I am presenting a new way, an ancient way of making your way to “the way” for you.