Stories of Recovery
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.
“It helps by giving you hope and being able to say yes I can. It’s a great program and I congratulate this program for helping me emotionally and psychologically as mother because we often face so many difficulties. [The] support helps a lot emotionally and it also helps the family as well because once we’re learning and making the changes, the family changes as well and you can see the progress.”
Juan, 41, visited a Mobile Medical Care clinic soon after his arrival in the US, fleeing violence in his country of origin. The graphic violence he witnessed was making it difficult to function and raise his family in a positive environment. The doctor introduced Juan to the Aspire onsite clinic therapist and he was diagnosed with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Juan desperately wanted to overcome his PTSD and he eagerly used the free therapy sessions as a tool to overcome common trauma-related symptoms, such as hyper vigilance. Thanks to information gathered from his therapy sessions, Juan was granted asylum in the US and continued to improve with therapy and follow-up care by our patient care monitor. Juan credits Aspire’s Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary care program with restoring his peace of mind, and helping him to be more present to provide for his loved ones.
Pamela, a 46 year old woman from Guatemala, came to therapy with a history of complex trauma. She attended therapy sessions once a month because of limited income and practiced recommendations made in therapy, between sessions. Six months into therapy, her medical provider alerted the therapist that symptoms of PTSD were being triggered by family events in her home country and symptoms were worsening. Behavioral health therapy coupons allowed her to attend therapy sessions on a weekly basis for one month to address the trauma symptoms. Weekly visits allowed Pamela to develop and practice more specific coping skills to reduce the frequency and intensity of the trauma symptoms. Pamela appeared more relaxed and able to engage in and enjoy external activities again.