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Before I met Hayley, I felt lonely and so upset with the way my life was and I resisted the idea that I could confide in a therapist about my issues. I remember my mother and father insisting I just talk to someone, and I hesitantly obliged, feeling hopeless about my relationship to my peers, to food and to life itself. 

It has been almost a year now since I met her, and she has brought me to a place in my life where I can see happiness and light rather than fear or pain. She has mentored me in almost every aspect, and with gentle encouragement helps me grow stronger in my own decisions everyday. 

Our discussions always make me feel safe and free, and I always leave them with a renewed sense of courage and resilience. Whenever I speak with her, I feel as if I am talking to a best friend or an older sister because she is both someone who I look up to and someone I can resonate with. She draws upon her own experiences to bring light to certain situations and is an unfaltering source of support and care. 

The skills Hayley has helped me develop and hone are invaluable ones that I will use for the rest of my life. She made me brave to face challenges on a daily basis, accept and deeply feel my emotions in a positive manner, and most of all regard myself with kindness and love. 

Sanjana, 16, therapy