“I want to tell my story to help other people. The staff at Jefferson Center is amazing, and they helped me. I spoke to my friend, and she noticed it too, that the edginess is gone. It changed my life.”
– Jesse, a client at Jefferson Center
Jesse* is a grandmother from the state of Colorado. Fortunate enough to work with her adult children, she spends most of her time enjoying her grandchildren’s company and making a living surrounded by family. Jesse is an Aquarius who enjoys being outside, meeting new people from different cultures, and listening to her favorite bands like Godsmack, Snow Patrol, and Die Antwoord.
Jesse is a proud client of Jefferson Center and describes her present life as a positive shift from the past, but things weren’t always this way for her. Like many others, Jesse suffered a series of unfortunate events that led her down a path of anxiety and depression. Having experienced domestic abuse, the death of her child, and generational trauma, Jesse knew she needed to seek help, and that is when she contacted Jefferson Center. “I wasn’t functioning. Something was wrong with me. I called Jefferson Center to get an appointment and they changed my life.”
After seeking help from Jefferson Center and working with two clinicians, Jesse feels her life has changed for the better.
“If I hadn’t gone through the process, I wouldn’t be able to deal with the death of my son. Listen to your clinician and work with them. Go with the process and click with your clinician. Don’t fight it. Do the work. It’s so important and life-changing.”
Today, Jesse can live life with less anxiety and manage depression. She enjoys her grandchildren in ways she couldn’t before, and her experience at Jefferson Center has even inspired her to help others and want to start a non-profit.
“I want to tell my story to help other people. The staff at Jefferson Center is amazing, and they helped me. I spoke to my friend, and she noticed too, that the edginess is gone. It changed my life.”
*Names have been changed.
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