Road to Healing
Because of you Chris took the first step for his family
Chris had one fear – that he would lose his family. He had struggled for years with his anger, but didn’t understand how he could get help. Chris was unsure of how to start this journey. Where would he look for help? How would he afford this additional expense? And what would he actually say if he found someone to listen. Because of your unwavering support, Blackwater Counseling was there to help Chris.
Then he took the hardest step — and reached out for help.
At first Chris was quiet in his sessions, not knowing what to say, afraid of feeling judged or misunderstood. After a few sessions, he began to open up. He was beginning to see anger in a new light. He saw that the person sitting across from him wasn’t judging him, but rather expressing compassion and understanding.
Because of you and your support, Chris began to heal. He realized his feelings of anger traced back to painful experiences from his childhood. So Chris put in the work. With the help of his anger management facilitator they were able to pin point triggers and worked to find healthier ways to express his difficult feelings.
“Chris came to Blackwater Counseling for anger management. His reason for being there was clear – ‘I don’t know how to change, I don’t want to lose my wife and daughter. I have to be better for them.’”
Healing felt good and his family saw the difference in him too. Chris started into counseling with Matt, a trauma-informed clinician. It was through these sessions that Chris began to feel compassion for not only what he was putting his family through, but for himself as well.
Determined to break this cycle, Chris began to connect his family to Blackwater’s team of clinicians. Abby, his 6-year-old daughter, started seeing Amanda, a trauma-informed therapist who often uses the soothing work of art and nature to help kids who have been through hard things so early in life. Chris’s wife began seeing the healing happening before her eyes and she soon sought after help of her own and became connected to Lupita, who provided a safe space to start to name and process the stress she’d been carrying for so long.
You provided hope in the middle of the storm for this family. Your selfless giving ensured that help was available and waiting for Chris. Because of you, an entire family began to heal and break the cycle for a healthier tomorrow.
You transformed Chris’ life, and have given his family tools and resources to heal. Without you, this family would have had a very different journey. Every day there are fathers, who much like Chris, need someone to walk with them and find a way out of a cycle and into a better life. Not just for themselves, but for their children. Because of you and your support, help, and resources are ready and waiting for families in need.