Over the years we have witnessed the effects that trauma has had on the children in our programs and in their families; deep wounds that were never healed after experiencing violent crime, sexual abuse, rape, and/or drug and alcohol addiction. The list goes on and on. Realizing that a talk or conversation here and there could not even begin to heal these wounds, CGM decided to start providing counseling services in October 2015 at little or no cost to neighborhood residents.
Rebekah Laws is a counselor (MA, LPC, NCC) from Birmingham. She came to us highly recommended. Rebekah comes every other week and meets with 3-4 people from the neighborhood.
On average, white Americans are two times more likely to go to counseling than their African American counterparts (source). This isn’t associated with cost or lack of insurance, but rather the idea that others will view you as “crazy” or unable to handle your problems. Our desire is to see this stigma changed and to provide the help that so many families need.