Spotlight on Stan Hoover

This month we turn the spotlight on Stan Hoover, one of our Master’s level therapists who specializes in working with trauma victims and individual counseling for men.

Stan spent his childhood in Franklin, PA, a small town he describes as having “lots of cows, and lots of snow.” One of his favorite childhood traditions was the yearly pilgrimage on Groundhog Day.

“We used to wake up early, make the trek up Gobbler's Knob, and stand in the freezing cold and snow to see if Punxsutawney Phil -- "the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire!" -- would see his shadow,” Stan said, adding that “Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog.  All the others, no offense to Gen. Beauregard Lee, are imposters. “

These days, if Stan isn’t working on his doctorate (which he aims to finish in the next two years), he is probably reading, eating Chicago deep-dish pizza or attending a Bluegrass music festival with his wife Kelly. Kelly is also from Franklin, and although the two grew up less than a mile away from each other, they didn’t start dating until both had left home.

Stan was first drawn to counseling because it’s a profession that allows him to help others. “Being a counselor allows me to dedicate myself fully--personally and professionally--to caring for others in a way that reflects God's care for others,” he said.

 It was during his master’s program that he became interested in trauma and the detrimental effects it could have on people’s lives. “Finding out all the ways that trauma could impact people was staggering to me,” he said, “But the longer I do this work, the more amazed I am by the strength and resilience of people who survive traumatic experiences and, most especially, the faithfulness of God to ‘heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds’. “

 Participating in this healing process makes the final session with a client one of the most rewarding for Stan, bringing the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the ways the client has changed and grown. Similarly, he enjoys the beginning of each journey. “Meeting a new client for the first time and being invited into his or her life is always so humbling; each time is a reminder of what a privilege it is to do this work.”


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