We had the good fortune of connecting with Deborah Chelette-Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deborah, what matters most to you?
The value of my spiritual self is what matters to me most. It is because of this connection and my experiences I have come to heal my traumatic past and reconnect with this aspect of what it is to be a human being. I call it my soul. When I am connected to the soul aspect of myself then I connect to an unlimited Source of wisdom and guidance beyond what I alone would do. I felt closer to my soul as a child before I was indoctrinated in the pain and fear of our human survival legacy. Trauma became a distraction from intermittent soulfull experiences. It has been a long journey back to my soulfull self and I appreciate myself for making it. We don’t have a school to remind us. That is why I created S.O.S. School of Soul.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began my work as a child therapist addressing behavioral problems at home and school. I found that much of what I had learned academically didn’t seem to work for a growing number of children. Thus began years of research and training in child development, attachment, neuroscience, and trauma. This journey led me to grow both personally and professionally. I discovered my own unresolved traumas and the need for healing. Transforming my trauma into triumph allowed me to become a healing presence and guide for others. My youngest client has been two years old and my oldest, one hundred and four. What they share in common were experiences they carried from unexpressed, unprocessed, and unintegrated trauma. I was privileged to bear witness to their unspoken experiences locked away and in the presence of an island of safety, they found understanding, relief, and a way to a new way of living. Healing trauma is a difficult journey for sure but from my own experience, I know well worth the challenge. It is exciting to see people grown beyond trauma and reconnect to possibilities. The other challenge I had was the business and administrative side of having a business. It definitely was a learning curve for me and through ups and downs, I think I’ve gotten a handle on the necessary details. To be honest, paperwork stresses me out more than people work. Over the years my company, Country Pathways, PLLC has grown to include counseling, workshops, self-published books, paintings, Life and Parent Coaching, and future group coaching and online workshops. Everything I do is motivated from deep heart and soul place to be an agent of creating a safe space of the healing of the human condition and awakening to living life as a soulfull being. It is a journey that has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams of what was possible for me. How can I not share what I’ve learned with others?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
At this point, with the pandemic, I’d say my favorite place to visit would be my home. I live and visit her every day. I offer herbal teas, coffee, wine, organic salads, and muffins. We can build a fire in the fireplace and enjoy a good conversation connecting soul to soul. What more can one want?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to Anne Redelfs, the Soul Gardner and Kathy McCommon, Life Coach
The Wings and The Lady: painted by Deborah Chelette-Wilson All pictures were taken by Deborah Chelette-Wilson