I’m Lucille. I used to hate my name when I was little but now I love it. My name means “bringer of light.” My hope is that I leave all those I meet with a touch of light and hope.
Sometimes I get caught up in trying to leave a legacy but as Rich Mullins, one of my favorite musicians, said:
“If my life is motivated by an ambition to leave a legacy, what I would probably leave is a legacy of ambition. But, if my life is motivated by the power of God’s spirit in me and the awareness of the indwelling Christ, if I allow His presence to guide my motives, that’s the only time I think we really leave a great legacy.”
Anyway, helping hurting people is the desire of my life.
I grew up in a small town in northwest Colorado. Small town, big family, and a lot of freedom to roam. Our family had one rule: Be home for dinner at 6:30. In the summertime I hopped on my bike and pedaled to the pool where I swam from 6 a.m. to noon doing competitive and synchronized swimming. Then my friends and I would hit the deli for a sub sandwich or go home for PBJs and trampoline jumping.
I routinely spent whole afternoons in the library. After that my friends and I would pedal around aimlessly on our bikes until the day cooled. After dinner, packs of neighborhood kids would form ballgames in the streets. In the wintertime I would play sports or hang out with friends. Sometimes I would take a snowmobile, by myself, into the dark countryside.
There were good times and bad, but the worst was losing my mom to a degenerative muscle disease three day before my high school graduation. I tried to deny and cover the pain and move on.
After college, I married John — a truly good guy — moved to the big city (Denver) and worked for a few years before staying home to raise my children. To earn a little extra money I sold scrapbooking supplies, and offered a time and place for people to put their family photo albums together. As my friends shared their stories, I listened. At some point someone suggested I become a counselor.
Those years, coupled with the experiences of having the Columbine High School tragedy happen within walking distance of my home, and working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 tragedy, made we yearn to understand how to help people in crises. That’s why I went back to graduate school.
Many counselors will tell you the emotional unraveling that happens when you embark on a counseling program is more important than the academic work. When I graduated I was a radically different person. I came out with a clearer understanding of how people get hurt and what helps them heal. My desire to take people on that healing journey was humongous!
Unfortunately counseling is limited to one or two people at a time and I wanted to help so many more. That is why I started writing a book.
Ha. Writing a book. It’s no small task!
First you have to find an agent and convince her to represent you. She tells you to write a proposal. (Figuring out how to write a really good proposal took me at least a year.) Then the agent shops your book. You get told no, you change your book idea, you rewrite and rewrite and then finally you get an offer. That’s what happened to me – my book will be published in March 2013 by Abingdon Press.
It’s a book about self-care but it includes all the things that helped me heal from emotional wounds, and the tools I use to help my clients heal.
What you should know about me:
I love people. I once heard a quote: “ah, at depth everyone is beautiful.” Being a wounded healer is holy privelge that I don’t take lightly. I am honored by the risk clients take to put their faith in me. They share the deepest parts of their lives with me and that is unbelieveably cool. I am continually astounded by their courage, hard work, and growth.
Mostly I am a student. My clients teach me every day. I am passionate about learning so I continually read and listen to books on CD in my car, and podcasts when I go running.
I teach psychology courses at Colorado Christian University as an affiliate faculty member.
I’m not a detail person. That’s why I don’t write computer programs or teach math.
I am silly and sensitive. I find two of the strongest ways to bond with my clients is through laughter and tears.
Here’s all the official (boring) stuff:
I have a Master of Arts in Counseling degree and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
I am an affiliate faculty professor at Colorado Christian University.
I have a private counseling practice in Littleton, CO. I have clinical experience treating people in crisis, coping with health and mid-life issues, eating disorders, struggles related to self-esteem, child abuse (especially childhood sexual abuse), trauma, depression, anxiety, boundaries, and intimacy issues.
I have done extensive work with group and individual survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
I have been a guest speaker for many groups including MOPS, Colorado Christian University, and area churches.
I am trained in EMDR for treating posttraumatic stress.
I am certified in Prepare-Enrich for premarital and couples counseling, and I have recently received training in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) -- a very successful marriage counseling model.
If you live outside of Denver/Littleton, I offer phone counseling and intensives.
I do not accept insurance, but for your convenience, I accept credit cards.
You may contact me at (303) 906-3394, or email me at Lucille@RumorsOfGlory.com
Lucille Zimmerman 6638 W. Ottawa Ave. #170-3 Littleton, CO 80128.
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