Hope For The Hurt Within
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Meet Ben Lessley

I believe all of us suffer inside at times in our lives. Sometimes, the ache remains long after the event or person has passed. I have ached inside, as I journeyed the lonely road of sorrow and loss. I know the ways of the hiding heart, as I have lived behind the drawn curtain for many years. I believe counseling is a heart matter, an invitation to the hidden one to open the door slowly to the soothing presence of relationship to hold the burden together. I have experienced the relief of nearness and offer this to you.

I have been ministering since 1988. I have a Bachelor's degree in Ministry Leadership and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon. At RHC, I work with individuals (adults and adolescents), offering a safe relationship to rest in, process, plan and change. I also work with couples and families, helping to bridge the gap between distant hearts that in the secured relationship you might rest in each other again.

I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to hold burdens, to clarify confusion, to plan next steps and to walk together towards change. John Merrick, in the classic film The Elephant Man (1980), said to his friend, surgeon Fredrick Treves, “I am happy every hour of the day. My night is full because I know I am loved. I gained myself. I could not have said that were it not for you.” At Renewed Heart Counseling, Lindsey and I believe that loveless wounds heal in loving places -- hope for the hurt within.

Integrating Faith In Counseling

While Lindsey and I can incorporate Christian values, scripture and prayer into your care, we do not force these values. We offer faith incorporation to those who would like it.

Client Testimonial:

I want to thank Ben for creating an environment that feels safe, confident, and peaceful. In doing that, he gave me the strength to dip deeper into my life and personal self than I ever thought possible. I was able to discover things about myself that I did not recognize as the root of some of my struggles . His guidance and tools have impacted my life in a very positive way. I feel as though I now have the tools, confidence, and motivation to achieve success in my personal goals. I cannot recommend Ben highly enough. I am confident anyone who chooses to use his counsel will not be disappointed.