The Refuge Center for Counseling’s Hope Award, to be awarded at our 5th annual Hope Grows dinner celebration on Thursday, October 5, 2017, was developed to honor an individual whose work in the community aligns with our mission to empower, educate and support those in need.
We want to honor and recognize those making significant contributions to our community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.
The honoree selected should serve as a role model for compassion and service, and be striving to make the world a better place. He/ she should have a passion for helping others in our Middle Tennessee Community.
When I first came to The Refuge Center, I had an eating disorder. Now I am not worried about food or my weight. I am happy and have more joy. I am not worried or anxious.
The Refuge Center has taught me so much about myself. I’ve discovered who I am in a bright, new way. I’ve learned how to work through pain of loss, relationship problems, and I’ve learned how to set healthy boundaries. After all, it’s up to me to protect myself. I’ve also learned that I’m not damaged, or maybe I am, but we all are and we all can heal. The Refuge Center has taught me how to take steps towards healing. It’s a journey, but a beautiful one. I’m learning to find joy in the “here and now”.
My family and I came to The Refuge Center after experiencing several traumatic deaths in our immediate family. We were eagerly met with patience, love, concern, and understanding of our situation. They have offered tremendous guidance and excellent suggestions to help us cope. We feel blessed that God guided us to such an amazing center!
I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am to have received help from the Refuge Center. My therapist has been amazing! When I came to the center, I felt devastated, guilty, unloved and overwhelmed. My therapist helped me see things in such a different light. She gave me tools to use and listened to me cry. She gave me courage and hope. She truly has been an angel sent to me from God. As I sit here today, I feel confident and stronger than I ever have! I am forever thankful for all your help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Talking to my counselor has been life changing. She helped me understand things fully, like with friendships, family problems, and my own feelings and emotions. I’m really thankful for her help. Even though I’ve never been to another counselor, I’m pretty sure she’s the best ever! It’s great to have someone to talk to other than friends and family. Thank you.
The Refuge Center has helped me with a lot of skills to help me control my fears, like deep breathing and telling ‘Mr. Trouble’ to leave me alone and most important, praying. Thank you Refuge Center!
The Refuge Center has helped me in a way I never truly thought could be helped. I feel like I can live again because my counselor actually cared about me as a person and daughter of God, not just a client. The most comforting words she ever said in my sessions were “I pray for you.” This was especially moving when I was in such a dark place I couldn’t even pray myself. The sliding scale gave me a sense of dignity, in that I could afford to pay for it on my own, like I was investing in my own recovery.
The Refuge Center helped me with my bullying, talking to more people, and making new friends.
I first came to The Refuge Center to get some help for my teenage son who was facing difficult challenges and crucial life choices. Not only did my son make a great deal of progress, but I also realized that doing some intensive work on my own issues was imperative. With my counselors help, and the use of EMDR, I was able to face the deep seated wounds that I had held from an extremely traumatic childhood. I overcame the fear, anxiety, and intimidation that held me back for a lifetime. For this I am deeply grateful. The changes that I am experiencing are wonderful. I finally feel like I am becoming free to be the person I was always meant to be.
I walked into The Refuge Center as a shell of a woman, unaware of any strength left within me. Through the patience, compassion and sensitivity of my counselor, I slowly found healing and redemption in my story. My counselor helped me make sense of every emotion and pain I was experiencing and allowed me to be honest. My counselor walked through the trenches with me, and by God’s grace I have emerged as a new, strong, healed and whole woman. I have discovered great freedom and joy in this journey and I am eternally grateful to those at The Refuge Center.
I feel as though this has been the most helpful therapy I have ever received. I now have direction, hope, and alot of goals to work on. My counselor is a great therapist. I would definitely recommend him. It has been hard work, and there is more work to be done, but now I know where I am going.
I am forever indebted to The Refuge Center. As someone who has experienced horrific childhood trauma, there were many times when there seemed to be no hope for healing. With the level of counseling I really needed, there would have been virtually no way to afford therapy. Due to the sliding scale fees that The Refuge Center offered, I was able to get the help I needed. Counseling was not new to me, as I had participated in counseling over ten years in my adult life, but still was suffering from the past trauma. In less than a year of therapy at The Refuge Center, I was able to experience more break throughs than those other ten years combined. My healing will enable me to be a better father and husband and so much more. I am so thankful for the care I was able to experience and only wish more people could experience the same!
The Refuge Center has given me peace during a chaotic time in my life. My counselor that worked with my daughter was amazing. She really helped resolve some issues and helped us both get back on the path of healing. I’m very thankful that they offer a sliding scale which made the sessions very affordable. The Refuge Center I would definitely recommend to someone that needs counseling.