“I’ve had a lot of counseling in my life—and nothing has made me feel better and healthier than going to IOP and being at Beautiful Minds.” Lynn came to Beautiful Minds from the hospital after being admitted during what seemed like her lowest point. Lynn looks back fondly on her childhood; remembering all of the sacrificial things that her parents did for her and her siblings to express their love and support. She was very close to her Father who she remembers as being a very hard worker and faithful provider for their family.
When Lynn’s father passed away unexpectedly at a young age, she felt like she had lost her greatest support system—this caused her to spiral into her first experience with depression. After years of turning to relationships resulting in abuse, neglect and betrayal, she was even more depressed, anxious, insecure and at the end of her rope. It was not until Lynn experienced an encounter with a previous perpetrator that she lost control of the emotions she had been trying to suppress for years. “I lost complete control of my body,” she shared, “I was told to get over it, but I could not stop shaking.” Lynn had been labeled by many of her family members as “crazy” for years. Being taken to the emergency room after this experience, hospitalized, and later sent to a mental health facility seemed to support their accusations. “It made me think that they were right, I am crazy.” Lynn spent the next thirty days in that facility, but little did she know that her life was about to change. “After my time at Aurora, they said I needed to attend an IOP program. I didn’t really know what IOP was. “They said, ‘we’re going to send you to Beautiful Minds,’ and it is the best thing that has ever happened in my life.” If you were to meet Lynn today, you would be able to see the peace and joy that she has now found. At Beautiful Minds, learned about reframing her thoughts, the dramatic difference that gratitude can make, the amazing health benefits of hydrotherapy, and so much more. “I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to know that there are people who know that I am not crazy! What happened to me was not my fault. I just did not have the tools to handle the emotions… I am going to be 65, but I know this is just the beginning of my life…I know that I can take care of myself now in a healthy way, and I owe all of that to Beautiful Minds.”