Linda began seeking treatment at the Pressley Ridge Family Counseling Center in February 2015, shortly after the clinic opened. She was dealing with extreme guilt over the death of her mother and unable to move on from the feeling that she could have done more to help her. Her son Sammy was already receiving service coordination through Pressley Ridge, and his coordinator convinced Linda that she could benefit from talking with a counselor.
Therapy was difficult for Linda, but after many tears and several weeks of meeting with her therapist Jessica, she came to understand that she shouldn’t blame herself for her mother’s death – she had done everything she could and needed to let the past be in the past. Linda recalls, “I worked through those hard memories, and put them on a shelf where I can reach them when I need to, without crying. Therapy gave me the tools to do this in my daily life.”
Linda also worked with the psychiatrists at the Family Counseling Center, who were kind and understanding. They made her feel like she had a team in her corner giving her tools to work through her extreme anxiety and depression.
Linda experienced a setback when her brother, with whom she was extremely close, was unexpectedly diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She became his primary caregiver throughout his sickness until his death. Jessica was, and continues to be, a big support to Linda as she works through his death. “Therapy helps me to put things into perspective and keep moving forward. I recognize that I could have the same guilt I felt with my mom, but I am constantly reminded that my guilt is a weight I don’t need to carry,” Linda said. “I feel very comfortable and protected in therapy. It’s a place where I know I can say whatever I need to say and will not be judged. Jessica understands me.”