Content warning: Challenging family situaitons
Nearly all of Kathryn’s life she followed the rules and did well in school. Despite her aunt adopting her at the age of 2, she experienced a seemingly normal childhood. However, all of that started to change when Kathryn entered her junior year of high school. Her social circle began to include negatively influencing peers. Unfortunately, she started getting into trouble at school and running away.
Kathryn ran away to an emergency shelter, and the staff there felt The Bridge would be a great resource for her. She was taken home and immediately started counseling services with The Bridge. It was decided that Kathryn’s mother would join her in counseling because they had the most interaction. From that moment on, Kathryn and her mother started down a new journey to heal together.
Like many parent-child relationships, the two needed to work on improving their communication. The Bridge staff dove right into tackling the problem and set up certain behavior expectations and consequences for violating those expectations. Additionally, staff turned a new leaf with the family by setting up rules for them to follow, outlining more effective ways to communicate and discovering the intent behind negative patterns to help to break them.
After encouragement from The Bridge staff, Kathryn and her mother began to spend more quality time together outside of counseling. They focused on improving their communication and increasing their comfort level using a baby step approach. Slowly but surely, the rule–following, good-student side of Kathryn began to shine through yet again. She and her mother attended church activities, watched movies, and even participated in a breast cancer walk together. This allowed them to connect while working towards something, or doing something that was not just about them.
Kathryn and her mother made great strides during their journey to heal together at The Bridge. They now have a better relationship and have improved the way they communicate with each other. Kathryn even took matters into her own hands and distanced herself from the negatively influencing peers. She has reconnected with her family, as well as the friends who are a positive influence.