Sometimes, our worries about those we love are a projection of something we ourselves have experienced. And while someone might be too traumatized to realize this is happening, with the right helping hand to open his eyes, a path to healing can begin.
Jake* first came to us with concerns that his three-year-old son was being sexually abused, based on certain behaviors that Jake had witnessed. After doing a comprehensive intake, our case manager pointed out that while she understood Jake’s concerns and wish to protect his child, and that we must always keep our eyes open for worrisome signs, his son’s behavior did not necessarily point to abuse. After several more discussions, it emerged that Jake himself had been abused as a young child, and his son’s turning three had triggered anxiety based on his own past trauma.
At the time Jake called Amudim, he was struggling with emotional regulation and detachment issues which were affecting his marriage; his wife noted that Jake often sulked in his room for hours, and there were constant arguments revolving around power dynamics within their relationship and financial difficulties. Jake’s case manager felt that intensive inpatient treatment was needed by this point, and thankfully, the client had good insurance that would cover the costs. After recently returning to his everyday life, Jake has begun weekly therapy and even resumed his college studies, which were interrupted by all of the pain and anxiety in his life. He notes that he feels lucky to have found Amudim when he did, and been granted the opportunity to become healthier for himself and his wife and family.
We will continue to follow up with Jake as he continues on his journey. If you are worried for yourself or a loved one, please don’t hesitate to call. We are here to help and support every individual in finding clarity and peace in times of need.