Back when the group was first established it was called ‘Women Exploring Positive Transitions’. It was self-empowering for me. It gave back my confidence, and the courage to believe in myself again. I still use those skills with my own family today.
I was impressed with the equality of the group where the leaders took part and shared their humanity also so that it was never obvious.
As I reflect back as a grandparent now, my experience in both Family dispute resolution and group work, helped me acknowledge that I am not an isolated parent that experienced trauma and abuse that does not belong anywhere. It gave me hope and the courage to try, to learn and belong.
Dina-Marie is a Christian, who does not preach but tries to live up to her Christian values by demonstrating it to her clients. She is broadminded but does not hesitate to be ‘unpopular’ when she thinks someone is at risk or behaving in a risky way.
Dina-Marie and Jean created a safe space for group members to share openly, grow and be empowered.
Fairhaven counselling service enabled me to talk openly to a counsellor in a safe environment. I felt respected, accepted, understood and cared for as an individual. I was not in a good place at that time; there were issues of anger, shame, guilt and confusion.
I found my counsellor Dina-Marie non-judgemental, caring and willing to walk with me at my own pace. I felt accepted and valued as a person. My six month period in counselling slowly help me change my attitude, thoughts and behaviour and now I like myself, I have learnt to set clearer boundaries and moving forward, my life has turned around.
I would encourage anyone who feels they need some help to contact Fairhaven. Counselling changed my life and I am a better person for taking that first step towards counselling