I first heard about the Waukesha Women's Center when it was in the planning stages, because one of its founders, Bonnie Martin, was a good friend of mine. Bonnie was a social worker and saw a great need for the Center in Waukesha County.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever need the services of the Waukesha Women's Center. But, after a series of business losses combined with the devastating economic depression I found myself suffering from depression and disturbing memories of childhood abuse.
Several times during my adult life I had struggled with depression, but no therapist had ever found the root causes of the depression. Remembering long buried events is like peeling an onion, and it took a long time to uncover memories of abuse I suffered from infancy through childhood.
My therapist at the Waukesha Women's Center helped me understand what happened to me, and how I was able to bury those memories as a good way of coping. She helped me more than any other therapist; over 25 years I saw 3 therapists. They taught me coping skills to deal with depression, but really didn't find the cause of my angst.
I liked the way the Women's Center is set up so that it is a safe place to visit, and my problems are treated with confidentiality and respect. When my therapist left, the transition to a new therapist was handled easily. I enjoyed attending some of the group events, and appreciated learning techniques of art therapy.
The Center makes a big difference in the lives of the women affected by abuse, and I am very grateful to my old friend Bonnie for its creation and to my new friends at the Women's Center for improving the quality of my life by helping me come to terms with what happened to me as a child.