Why the Lighthouse

I just want to take a moment to introduce myself to you. My name is Paula Thomas and I am the owner of Lina’s lighthouse LLC A Beacon of Hope. I am a Board Certified Mental Health Coach and Social Worker. I am married to my wonderful husband Dave for 29 years and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. They all are the love of my life. We as a family including our grandchildren love to go down the shore or to the mountains of North Carolina.

So some of you might ask what the purpose is of the name I have chosen for my business. Well I enjoy going to the beach because it is so peaceful. I googled the definition of a lighthouse. Here is what it says: “It is a tower with a bright light at the top, located at an important or dangerous place regarding navigation. The two main purposes of a lighthouse are to serve as a navigational aid and to warn boats of dangerous areas.” A Lighthouse represents a helper, a secure place, a destination, accomplishment of difficult tasks and arrival after a long arduous journey.

This year has been a difficult one for everyone. There have been lives lost due to Covid, loss of jobs, parents finding themselves having to homeschool and so much more. Stress and anxiety is on the rise. Especially now since we have no idea if everything will be closed down again. There is a lot of fear of the unknown.

You might ask what can coaching do for me? Well I will help you manage your emotions, challenge negative thinking patterns, improve relationship skills and reduce stress and anxiety. I will draw on principles and practices from evident-based therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I will ask you powerful questions that will help you see yourself in new ways and open new avenues of transformation. I will introduce you to new perspectives and skills. At the same time we will be turning to the Bible for guidance. God is a Powerful God and He cares about every detail of our lives. He is not a stranger to anything we are going through. Genesis 16:13 “Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her. You Are the God Who Sees Me. Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” Remember the story of Hagar when she felt alone and abandoned? Well the Lord saw her and was with her. It is the same for us.


Paula W. Thomas, BMHC

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