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Rebuilding Lives with Family Counseling

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"She showed me I
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Andrew was a teenager met in the parking lot one afternoon.  He was quick to smile as he encountered people in the Catholic Charities parking lot. When I spoke with him about why he was waiting he was surprisingly open and shared his story.
 
He explained that he started hanging out with people at school who got into trouble a lot and who didn't care about their schoolwork or grades.  "It got easy for me not to care about what I did.  I didn't care about my grades and I didn't care about getting into trouble.  My mom finally got sick of it and we started coming for counseling.  We get along pretty good now."
 
Andrew and his family took advantage of the FREE counseling services that is offered to young people and their families at Catholic Charities.  The services are offered by masters level mental health counselors who are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  Because the service is offered as part of a federal grant program focused on preventing teen runaways, Catholic Charities provides the service in Winston-Salem free of charge.  There are no income guidelines to receive free counseling, however, a child must be 17 or younger in age and must be seen at the Winston-Salem Regional Office.  This service is not only for people living in poverty, but is available for all youth and their families.
 
Just this week an 18 year old young woman who received counseling to help her cope with a sexual assault told me, "I was broken and she (the counselor) helped me put myself back together again.  She showed me I wasn't alone and that I can live life."
 
Family counseling can be the answer when it appears there is no help in sight to assist families with the challenges that daily life places on young people.  Catholic Charities strives to work every day to strengthen families in our community.
 
By Diane Bullard,
Piedmont Triad Office Director
Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte © 2014