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In Her Own Words: Catholic Charities helped me find hope

By Marybeth

Five years ago, I found myself in a dark place in life. People around me were suffering, struggling to overcome life’s adversities, some struggling so much that death was the final answer. Each day became riddled with anxiety/depression, panic attacks and a sense of losing control. It wasn’t so much the trauma of losing those friends and loved ones, but rather the fact that I didn’t have any support when I returned home at the end of the day. I realized then that I had hit my breaking point.

That was when I reached out to Catholic Charities. From the moment I heard my counselor’s kind, sweet voice over the phone for the first time, I immediately knew that I was taking the necessary steps to begin my journey toward healing.

My counselor has made it incredibly easy to open up and work through my traumas by providing me with the coping skills needed to combat my anxiety. By helping me regulate my emotional responses, I have learned how to best respond to situations accordingly. I’ve even shared these skills with my daughter, who can also be a bit anxious at times. So not only have my counselors helped me directly, they’re also helping me to become a better mom.

To this day, it is comforting to know that I can contact my counselor and work through day-to-day decisions that some may not think twice about. I can call at any time to ask, “Can you fit me in? I’m having a really rough week,” and they always do their best to accommodate me.

Catholic Charities has been truly instrumental in my life, and I really would not be where I am today without them.