I’m happy to let my story be used… I really believe in what you guys are doing. Happily, I now works in a very responsible position and supervises others, mostly men, on the job. But it was not always so.
I first contacted Christian Counseling Associates several years ago. I had seen another counselor but just didn’t ‘click’ with her. I cold called the CCA office and was amazed at the warm, friendly conversation I had with the person who answered the phone. She connected me with Pauline. I don’t know what I would have done without Pauline since then, she has been the one consistent person in my life. I can’t say enough about her.
I kind of slithered into that first appointment. I was walking through chronic anxiety and depression, aware of many issue but having no idea how to face any of them. Pauline, my counselor, had her hands full with me. My father had recently died and I was trying to deal with my drug-addicted mother. Soon I found myself pouring out stories of my early neglect and sexual abuse (by-products of Mom’s addictions).
I worked through my history of awful and often abusive relationships with men; my unhealthy marriage; the constant anxiety from my high-stress job…. It amazed me that Pauline was willing to keep listening! Never once did I feel judged and condemned.
In the time I have worked with Pauline, I have accomplished so much! I have built a ‘Spiritual Foundation’ in my Christian faith, my prayer life, my church participation, and my friendships. I have been able to relax my ‘hypervigilance’ and relate more normally with family and friends, including a number of men friends.
I have been able to forgive others, especially my drug-addicted mother, even to the point of helping with my mother’s care-giving along my mother’s path into early Alzheimer’s. I now delight in helping others.
After all this time working with Pauline, I can truly say that I walk with my head held high.