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A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

I hope that you can read my story and find some sense of comfort.  I want you to know that you are not alone and that there is help available.  I urge you to take the help.  You do not have to, but it may make things easier.  I want you to honestly look at yourself and identify both you strengths and your vulnerabilities.  Accept yourself at the place that you are right now.  I feel that acceptance is much more productive than avoidance.  Accept your pain and acknowledge it; do not run from it.  View the world as bigger than just your life.  That your own need for comfort may be limiting you.  Your sole focus on surviving limits you from seeing so much beauty, love and care in the world.

 

There is a reason for why you act the way you do and that is because something terrible happened to you.  I want you to accept that.  That won’t be taken away, what happened happened and it hurt.  You can be angry, sad, scared, or anything else.  Do not disown your feelings.  Running from them only makes them more destructive.  Your feelings will not destroy you, avoiding them will.  Confronting them will strengthen you.  I urge you to contemplate if you are ready to try to move forward.  Moving forward is not forgetting the past.  It is simply looking at your life and thinking about if you want more.  You can have more.  It is out there.  All you need to do is trust again.  What happened to you made this hard to do, but do it anyway.  Begin to trust in yourself and others; push yourself to do it.  Maybe start with a therapist or family member.  Be open and honest with him or her.  Tell them if you are cynical of them.  Tell them if you are scared.  You are in control.   You can stop if you need to.  But try to tell your story.  Try to understand how what happened to you affected you.  Begin to accept yourself, particularly your feelings.  Your feelings are not wrong even if they don’t make logical sense.  Express them and then you and your therapist can begin to understand them.  This will began the process of you moving out of survival mode.

About Peter

Hi, my name is Peter Munro. I live in Chicago with my wife Lilly and daughter Grace. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Rush University Medical Center in the department of psychiatry at the Rush Day Hospital. The Rush day hospital is an outpatient treatment program for adults with mood and anxiety disorders. Prior to working at Rush, I worked at a Chicago non-profit social service agency called One Hope United where I was a MultiSystemic Therapy (MST) therapist. As an MST therapist I worked in the field and primarily with teens that were on probation, living in disadvantaged Chicago neighborhoods and struggling to keep out of trouble. I attended graduate school at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and undergraduate at University of Southern California. Prior to graduate school I worked in the department of psychology at Northwestern University where I did program evaluation research mostly for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. I also worked at a residential treatment center called Allendale where I was on the floor of a unit with teens, many of them DCFS wards, who had behavioral and psychological issues.

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The goal of this organization is to help those who have experienced a trauma heal. We want to bring people together to foster understanding and care. If you are interested, Peter is excited to share his experience in person and has some availability for speaking engagements and interviews.

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