Testimonials

Office Services Testimonials

Aspire’s services make a significant difference in the lives of those who are experiencing depression, grief, trauma, family dysfunction or other challenges in life. These situations are often short-term, and with the right tools, people can recover.

Our clients were asked how well their therapist understood their concerns and the issues they wanted to work on.

%

said excellent to very good.
(January 2018 Client Survey)

Having been through counseling myself and seeing the “before” and “after” I can relate first hand to how mental illness can affect not only the one going through it, but their families as well. I’m fortunate to have been able to afford help and my heart goes out to those who can not. The work your organization does has such a positive domino effect that many don’t even realize. It makes me happy to know your clients find their way to your doors, and to know I can help in a very small way. Keep up the good work!

Adrienne, 2017

I wanted to say thank you for helping me out last year. It was a very rough ride. I am doing SO MUCH better. I turned my life around and got rid of all that baggage that we raised in therapy. You helped a lot just letting me talk it out without judging. The personal bill of rights stays with me and I read it almost everyday. That really helped me find my footing.

April 2018

I am glad that Aspire can continue the type of work it has been doing to help the community as well as provide good continuing education for professionals, which I enjoy.

Ellen, February 2018

Today is my birthday and I was reflecting on things. I just thought you should know you have helped me grow so much! I have been able to get through every obstacle because of you! You saved my life. You are great at what you do and I’m truly thankful!

November 2017

Aspire does good work to assess and address the mental health needs of this community. Please continue this excellent service.

Claire, March 2018

Community Program Testimonials

Helping the underserved…

Outside of the office we provide community based services for vulnerable members of our community –those who would struggle to make a traditional office based appointment due to financial, cultural, language and other barriers.

* names have been changed to protect identities.

Community Program Testimonials

I want to take this opportunity to thank your organization for the free workshop “How to Manage Stress” offered in the Mobile Med clinic in February. It was very interesting, educational and interactive, sharing with other people the community interested in solving their daily problems of living and learning relaxation techniques. It was a challenge that I think had good results. I would like to extend my thanks to the two young interns and Mrs. Iris for their professionalism and kindness towards us. Thank you very much for this project that without a doubt will help many more people if they keep it in perspective. Thank you very much.

Jane’s* doctor referred her when her severe chest pains and breathing problems were diagnosed as panic attacks, not signs of heart trouble. Brutally abused as a child, Jane was on high alert for danger. Each time she left home, her panic symptoms – dizziness, chest pain, and shortness of breath – made her terrified she would die. The Aspire therapist who works onsite at the Mobile Medical clinic in Rockville helped Jane cope with her panic, and deal with her past abuse. Jane gained enough confidence to get a job and enroll in English classes.

Regarding the Integrated Health Program

Maria* had a horrific history of trauma in her native country. She’d watched her own mother run screaming through her village carrying her dead baby (Maria’s brother) in her arms. When Maria had her own baby, she was so terrified the baby would die that she stayed up holding him, night after night, too afraid to fall asleep or put him down. She rocked back and forth, weeping. Depression set in and she felt hopeless and relentless guilt about being a bad mother. The baby, responding to Maria’s depression, was listless and withdrawn. With home-based therapy through our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program, Maria became calmer. She could sleep. Her depression lifted. She was no longer gripped by fear. She nursed, talked to, and played with, the baby. Her baby began to babble and laugh.

Regarding the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program

Aspire helps seniors like Helen*, who became depressed and suicidal dealing with her husband’s dementia and her own failing health. A combination of talk therapy and medicine helped Helen cope with putting her husband in a nursing home and working on her own physical rehabilitation. Helen still grieves her losses, but sees them in a more positive and accepting way.

Regarding the Positive Aging Program