One Door. Many Stories.
Trust. Patience. Peacefulness. Those were the three things Anthony needed when he sought abuse counseling. While he had found peace in things like photography – “It became like meditation to me”- and early morning hikes, Anthony knew there were larger issues he needed help addressing. That’s what brought him to Reach Counseling Services. He was impressed the moment he walked in the door.
“Everything was calm, relaxed.”
“It was just what I needed so to talk about what had happened to me as a boy.”
“When I was 10 or 11, I was up north at deer camp, and a family friend did something to me that was very inappropriate,” Anthony explained. He admits that he had buried the things that happened for about 30 years. It was the watchful eye of friends that had him considering getting help.
“I had a couple of former coworkers that had been pushing me to talk to someone after they noticed that every November I freaked out,” he said. “They didn’t push me hard, but they were the most supportive.” Over time, their attentiveness made me recognize that I needed help. “Now that I’ve been through treatment, I have two stars tattooed on my arms for them.”
Anthony is quick to admit, though, that it wasn’t an easy process. “It’s a lot of hard work. You have to talk about bad stuﬀ. But I’m so much better now. I’m more open. I talk to strangers. I should have done this many years ago.” It actually taught me a lot about who I am as a person. “I’m not weak. I’m strong. I’ve learned that. I’ve gotten a new conﬁdence in myself that I didn’t have for a long time,” stated Anthony.
Reach Counseling was such a gift. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m a man, and it’s more diﬃcult for men to face this stuﬀ, but I want everyone to know it’s not as scary as you think.” He said. While everyone’s healing process is unique, Anthony said that opening up in a safe, and trusting environment made a night and day diﬀerence. “The great work of Reach Counseling Services is helping individuals like me achieve unseen potential and help heal deep wounds.”
“Thanks for allowing me to share my story.”
40 Years Providing Innovative
Services to the Issues of Abuse
and Trauma Throughout the
1975-2015 40 Years of Serving Victims of Abuse and Trauma throughout Winnebago County and the Fox Valley.
Reach Counseling Services’ mission is to end sexual violence and promote healing in our community. To fulfill our mission, we have developed comprehensive services to meet the needs of persons affected by the trauma that was created as a result of sexual abuse, physical abuse, incest and assault. Our tradition of innovative programming results in dynamic responses to the changing needs of our Fox Valley community. Services are available to all in need. No one is turned away due to financial limitations.
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Reach Counseling Service is a non-profit, United Way Partner Agency Serving the Fox Cities and Oshkosh areas since 1975