Dina connected with Family Services of Peel because of an abusive relationship. She began attending the group for women who have been or are currently in abusive relationships, as the start of her journey to healing.
She stated that a sense of calming relief surfaced as soon as she had the initial phone conversation with the agency. Dina said there was a glimpse of hope for her future. After attending the women’s group, she moved on to attend individual counselling. She expressed that there were many days when it was difficult to get up in the morning, and that daily functioning was a struggle. Although she had fears about her future, Dina felt empowered and was able to make the decision to leave her abusive relationship, as it was holding her back from reaching her full potential. With the help of her clinician, she applied for housing and now has her own apartment.
After Dina had settled in, she connected with her clinician to express that she was ready to discontinue counselling. She said that she’s been able to get her life back on track, that the sessions have changed her life, and that she has feelings of content with her life.