My name is Derrick Javan Hoard and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. I have helped thousands of people release themselves from the guilt of past behaviors. In my therapy practice, I provide a safe and non-judgemental space for individuals to unload themselves of the burden of holding on to feelings of guilt and shame.
Guilt is the feeling that arises when one knows that they have committed some act or offense that is illegal, immoral, or societally unaccepted. Shame is the feeling that one is a bad person because of an act they committed. Some people hold on to feelings of guilt and shame longer than others and don't know how to let go of it. Not letting go of guilt and shame results in feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and in some cases, clinical depression.
Absolution is a formal release from guilt, punishment, or obligation. Absolution therapy is the vehicle for this release. All of us have done or said things that no one else knows. Holding on to the guilt and shame will wreak havoc on our mental health. In my therapy practice, I noticed that some people who came into therapy with depression symptoms would feel better after releasing themselves from the guilt of something they said or did to someone else.
Using techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and conversational hypnosis I help reframe your thoughts to allow you to observe your past behaviors and not label them. Absolution Therapy is an active process, and I can often visibly see the weight of guilt leaving them after completing the process. They report feeling lighter, happier, and, most of all, free from the invisible suffering.
The reason most people hold on to guilt is that they are afraid to tell someone due to fear of how they will react or the possible legal implications. Because I am a licensed therapist, you are entitled to confidentiality. It is the same level of confidence you would have between yourself and legal counsel. The only time I have to break your privacy is if you are going to hurt yourself, someone else, or if you are engaging in current abuse of a child or dependent or disabled adult. Past behaviors do not count
My hourly rate for absolution therapy is $150 per hour. Some clients only need to attend one meeting, as absolution is an active process. The closest comparison is seeing a priest, except you can be sure the conversation will always stay between you and me. You don't need to carry this burden alone.