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My dad died three years ago. He was my best friend. My mom and I don't really get along that well. I can't talk to her like I talked to dad. We don't like the same things and she criticizes me over everything. I know she loves my brother and sister more than me. To make things worse, I was molested when I was little by my uncle (my mom's brother). I knew if she knew this she would hate me even more. My school counselor made an appointment with a FCC counselor. Since I was 17, they told me I could come to one appointment by myself.
My counselor told me that I really needed to talk to my mom and let her know what I was feeling. She worked with me to write her a letter. She told me she would call me and see if I gave her the letter. I did. My mom cried as she read it. There were a lot of things we have to discuss with my counselor and I'm working through those feelings with my mom also.
-17 year old female
Last year, I was arrested for domestic violence. My boyfriend and I fight all the time - yelling and hitting. The time I got arrested, I threw a lit candle at him because he called me out of my name. I hated coming to the END group when I first came. It was unfair that I had to take all these classes and my boyfriend didn't ? he had done much worse to me. He only had to attend a class for four weeks.
Susan and Sandra were real nice and supportive. So were the other ladies in the group. Susan helped me see that my relationships were unhealthy and if I wanted to change it was up to me to make it happen. What really shocked me were the effects of my actions on my kids. I want them to have a better life so I need to be a better person.
-23 year old female
"She felt like she was coming apart at the seams....early thirties, mother of three, divorced, domestic violence victim, depressed, scared. It was hard supporting her little family on minimum wage.
When she found the Family Counseling Center, the therapist was able to connect with her and became a mentor in the process. Finances were an issue, but Mary learned that she was able to afford counseling appointments because of the sliding fee scale based on family income, ability to pay and the United Way.
When she needs to, she returns to FCC to help her stay focused on her goals. "Without the help and support I received at Family Counseling Center, I don't know where I'd be today," Mary says, with true gratitude in her heart.