Dr. Lee H. Baucom (PhD)
The dry statistics are this: I completed my M.Div. in pastoral counseling in 1991. In 1993, I earned my Th.M. in pastoral counseling and family therapy. In 1997, I completed my Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy.
In reality, I have been in training all my life. I was fortunate to grow up in an intact and loving family. Currently, I am married (have been for over 25 years), and have a quickly-reaching-adulthood daughter and son. My degrees gave me book knowledge. My family has taught me what it all really means.
Beyond the academic degrees, I have extensive training in community building, life coaching, and conflict mediation. I have had the opportunity to work across the socio-economic spectrum, with a variety of backgrounds.
On a daily basis, I watch in amazement and gratitude, as people grow, develop, change, and become thriving people. As Ray Kroc said, "You are either green and growing or ripe and rotting." So, I keep on growing.
In my spare time, I enjoy trail running, paddle boarding, and scuba diving. Oh, and I really enjoy spending time with my family.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
Sometimes, a profession finds you! When I was in college, a conversation reminded me that I was the person people sought out when they were struggling. And I love connecting with people on a deep level. But more than that, I love to watch transformations.
So, I trained to be a therapist. And in the midst of writing my dissertation, I realized my heart was in coaching. So I trained as a Life Coach. I found I was more pulled toward helping people build a great life than helping people "dig up the bones of the past."
My passion is in helping people to thrive. I refer to myself as a Thriveologist. I am constantly studying how and why people thrive, then taking that information and helping others to thrive.
This became more poignant for me a number of years ago. I was diagnosed with an illness that should have left me chronically disabled, and prematurely killing me. Thankfully, I recovered. But it gave me a new appreciation for life. I now live on what I call "bonus time." I didn't know whether I would have anymore time. So it is all bonus now.
My life purpose is to teach others to thrive, all while learning to thrive more myself.
Dr. Lee H. Baucom
Dr. Lee H. Baucom
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