A Former Resident Sends Thanks to The House
August 25, 2017
I was in and out of The House of the Good Shepherd for years. HGS was the first time I was ever in residential placement. The staff was great with us for the most part. There was always opportunities and chances to grow. They gave me the tools to help me stop cutting, fighting, being aggressive, but my favorite part about how they taught me was the DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy*) with Ms. Eddy at C Cottage. I loved her groups! Yeah, they were boring at times, but they were absolutely very helpful. I use to say that the coping skills that they would give me "don't work", but looking back on it, I know that they didn't work then because I put it in my mind that they wouldn't work. And now I see that they do work.
HGS made me realize that people care and that there is a place where everyone belongs. It made me see that I can be anything I want to be. I am now 19 years old. I have a beautiful girlfriend and a baby on the way. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for HGS helping me.
Thank you. I know some of the staff that were there while I was there aren't there anymore, but I know that the staff work really hard and have to have some of the best patience and understanding I have ever seen. I would like to be able to come back at some point and talk to all of the other kids and adolescents, and tell them my story and my struggles and let them know that there is a future.
*Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes.
DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors.