I wasn't ready to be a father. I was nowhere near prepared for divorce nor raising my three-year old daughter virtually by myself. A lot of my issues revolve around low self-esteem, low self-confidence and major parental burnout. I have always been a better follower than a leader which triggers the questions in my head how on earth did I ever think I would qualify as a parent. These are the circumstances that brought me to PHP.
I discovered the benefit of the PHP support hotline one morning around 2:00 AM when I couldn't take the constant anxiety attacks anymore. The person who took my call actively listened to my overwhelming situation, walked me through some helpful tips of ways I could stay connected without much contact and provided enough of a confidence booster for me to walk out on that limb I was afraid of, and just do it. PHP provided another outlet per week to express a lot of feelings that needed to be vocalized in an uncensored, confidential forum. Part of the support from my PHP group has been helping me figure out what to do while I wait other than stay in a stagnant state of despair.
What makes PHP unique from other support groups is the personalized attention we get. It is important to reinforce that PHP does not provide all the answers. The group is not a substitute for therapy, but it is a safe place to go when seemingly there is no other place to go.The learning and growth I have accomplished has now begun to incorporate more than just my family. I have been invited by my facilitators to occupy many leadership roles in the PHP organization. Even at six-years there continue to be times it’s in my PHP group where I only feel safe and truly heard. TO READ Michael’s ENTIRE STORY CLICK HERE