Stories of Hope

"Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts."
Salman Rushdie, "One Thousand Days in a Balloon"



The people who come to Cathedral Counseling Center have stories to tell. The work they begin or continue at Cathedral enables them to tell their own stories, interpret them, revise them, learn from them and give them meaning. We invite you to read their stories—stories of change, healing and growth. Stories of hope.

We have used fictitious names in the following stories to protect the identity of clients.


A Client's Perspective: Cathedral's Impact

"Prior to my arrival at Cathedral Counseling, I was, without a doubt, facing the most difficult and painful time in my adult life. I had recently lost my job, gone through a divorce, been cut off from family members, and was battling a substance abuse disorder along with a number of health maladies – I felt scared, incredibly alone, and completely helpless."  READ MORE


A Client's Perspective: Treatment for Depression

"For a long time I thought everyone had the kind of racking pain, anxiety and sickly fear that haunted me from the moment I awoke."  READ MORE


A Parent's Perspective: Treatment for Schizophrenia

 "During her first year at Vanderbilt University, my daughter showed signs of the mental illness that would change our lives."  READ MORE


A Therapist's Perspective: Depression's Contagion

"Eventually, Dave admitted that he had been thinking of suicide. He felt hopeless, that he would never work again and that he would not be able to take care of his family."  READ MORE


A Client's Perspective: Overcoming Fear

"A highly trained and committed Cathedral therapist met and accepted me as a person worthy of love, respect and dignity."  READ MORE


A Client's Perspective: Group Therapy

"When the group came to a conclusion, I wished it would continue."  READ MORE