People go through traumatic experiences throughout life and often they develop negative behaviors as a result of inability to handle the emotional stress of their internal pain. That's what counseling is for, but some people, whether it is part of a family ulture of too much pride to admit a need for help, or ones oown personal misperception that asking for help is a sign of weekness. Actually, asking for help is a sign of strength but in many cultures, people are expected to just "suck it up" when they are in emotional pain, and keep living as if nothing is wrong. Feelings of grief can follow a death, a divorce, a bankrupcy, an eviction, an abandonment. Grief is a natural part of life, but alcoholism, drug abuse, and other forms of self medication is an indication that one is still suffering and in pain. How do you know when you need counseling? Grief Counselor Rev. Gloria Randolph joins us today to discuss her ministry of healing the hurt within. Later on, Howard Williams of Serenity Family Services discusses some of the cultural barriers that prevent people from seeking counseling when they need it.
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