As an intern, I have been seeing how hard it is for people to go through the court process. Dealing with the courts and all that comes with it can seem unbearable and it’s no wonder that “court ordered therapy” can have a negative connotation. However, what I have seen, is that Rangeview is trying to help clients see that it can be better than that!
Court mandated clients first might find therapy to be a drag and just something they have to add to their to do list. Before coming to class, their initial thoughts might be that the counselors will lecture them and teach them things they already know. They might believe that they will not gain anything from these classes and will have to waste their time and money before they are able to move on from one of the hardest times of their lives.
What I am seeing, and the clients are too, is that these clients are here to help. We strive to have a sacred space for our clients, regardless of why they are here. The environment is non-judgmental place, and people openly talk about what they are going through and how they have been coping with the struggles they are facing. We take the time to check in on daily lives in our weekly group sessions and discuss ways as a group to handle situations in the best way possible.
Being a part of Rangeview has shown me that if you focus on empathy and compassion for people, then we can all work together to heal and be the best versions of ourselves. Our clients commonly say that they don’t enjoy the circumstances that made them come here but they are glad that they did. After completing the program, people use what we have discussed in class to ensure a healthier life style moving forward.
By: Kaylah Sisk (undergraduate intern 2018)