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I remember very clearly the day I sat in my doctor’s office and he said to me what do you think about having some counselling? At that point in time I was skeptical, but I was also very desperate and did not know what I should do. I also knew that I couldn’t keep up with the way things were. So, I agreed.

After my first session I thought why did I do this it isn’t going to help me but by the time I had reached the end of my sessions I knew I wanted more, and I had come so far. I was able to face a lot of things that I never thought that I could. I had experienced an accident where a car had crushed me, and it was very difficult for me to even walk across the Walmart parking lot without being in absolute terror.  I would have a panic attack and not even be able to go in the store. I would relive the accident over and over again in my nightmares. I had become somebody I didn’t know. From a strong independent woman to a frightened panic driven version of myself. So really what did I have to lose by having a few counselling sessions?

In my counselling I learned that l did have control of what I was experiencing.  I had the power to make my fears what they were, or they weren’t and how much they controlled me. After my sessions were complete, I continued on with counselling at another facility and I became stronger and more in control. I guess my best advice to anybody who’s thinking about it or afraid to do it, just give it a try.  It has made all the difference in the world to me. Take that first step for yourself. You are worth it.

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Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) is a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors. In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care. RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community. www.reddeerpcn.com

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