Kiersten has been instrumental in helping me through the toughest time of my life. I sought her help when I could feel myself slipping to a dark place that I couldn’t fight on my own any longer. I am in my 2nd marriage with 3 children and a past that includes childhood sexual assault & domestically violent adult relationships that haunt me. Through my weekly sessions she has helped me learn to understand and cope with my PTSD, Anxiety, & Depression. I feel like she has a gift of listening and helping others in need. I like the perspective she helps me see and understand myself so I can become not only a survivor but warrior. While with Kiersten I felt a positive energy, sincere caring, thoughtfulness and safety. I am very thankful for her services.
Since participating in a support group led by Kiersten, I have learned so much about myself and how I don’t need to be manipulated by my husband and family. Kiersten has shown me qualities I didn’t know I had. I’m in my fifties and felt it’s all too late. Thank you, Kiersten, for giving me hope for a brighter future with my head held high.
I first met Kiersten on one of the scariest days of my life. I had finally decided to leave an abusive relationship of almost 10 years. I had no idea what was going to happen but I knew my life was about to change drastically. I was extremely uncertain whether or not I was making the right decision but Kiersten’s patience and genuine concern helped me make that hard decision. Through our time together I was able to build a strong and trusting therapeutic bond with her. This is something that I would not have been previously able to do before her help. It has been over a year since our first appointment and I can honestly say that my life has made so many positive changes since then. This would not have been possible without Kiersten’s active listening, non-judgmental and empowering attitude, which allowed me to feel comfortable sharing my difficult story with her. I owe much of my new found safety, peace, and independence to Kiersten and her relentless dedication to my growth and safety. Our work together is something that I will always carry with me and be forever grateful for!
Last year, I sought out counseling and was scheduled to meet with Kiersten. Upon my very first session with Kiersten I immediately felt at ease and comfortable. Kiersten is very gentle, soft spoken person. She listened attentively, always focused on me and gave me great feedback. Because of her obvious passion for her work, I kept going back once a week for roughly 6 months to meet with Kiersten. I always looked forward to our sessions because afterward, I felt empowered and more confident. Being a victim of domestic abuse can take years to recover from and even then, I don’t think you ever get completely over it. However, with the help of compassionate people like Kiersten, victims like me can move forward and lead a happy, healthy life knowing we deserve better.
I am 53 years old and I suffer from Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression and schizophrenic thoughts. Most of these symptoms I have had my whole life. I am under the care of a Psychiatrist and go to counseling with Lisa. I have been in counseling with Lisa for six months and she has transformed my life. She systematically treats each aliment and symptom through a clinical approach that works. She is very knowledgeable and skilled at what she does. She has unraveled a life time of problems in a very short period of time. I was always skeptical about counseling until I started seeing Lisa. If you are like me give Lisa a shot, you won’t regret it. On a scale of 1 to 10, my symptoms and problems have gone from a 10 to a 1. Lisa, thank you so much for all that you have done and continue to do for me. Lisa gets an A+ rating in my book.
I wanted to briefly share my experience at Polaris with my counselor Lisa. Especially in light of recent celebrity news of the passing of Robin Williams, I have been reflecting on the decision nearly a year ago to approach Lisa after a session she was having with my daughter. To this day I am still not sure how or why I got the courage up to open my mouth about the struggles I was going through. Over the first few sessions Lisa was able to find a glimmer of hope that things could maybe get better that I didn’t even know I had. She fanned that precious spark and led me to a place where I could eventually imagine that life did not have to be miserable. Her discernment and wisdom of when to listen, when to push, and exactly what steps I needed to overcome my despair were nothing short of miraculous in my life. Again, as I reflect back on the journey I have been through juxtaposed with others who have lost their battle with depression, I do not know what the difference was for me that day I spoke up. But I hope others can find a way to overcome the awkwardness, the fear, and the hopelessness that things will never change, and that they too can discover an organization like Polaris and someone whom I owe a debt I can never repay like Lisa. There is a popular song on the radio that has a line that says “I didn’t realize I was broken, until I wanted to change.” I had no idea how broken I was, I merely thought I was defective. The difference is one can be repaired, the other can only be discarded. With Lisa’s help and guidance I am on the road to being repaired and no longer think of discarding something I am now grateful for each and every day – my life. Thank you Lisa, and thank you Polaris for providing a safe place and showing me the way back to life.
I clicked with Marilyn quickly during my first visit. She is very kind, warm and easy to talk to. Marilyn has been such a big help to me. I was stuck in a relationship which was past my capability of handling it alone. She has taught me tools to help communicate and navigate my way through this relationship. She is wonderful and I would highly recommend working with her.
My wife and I meet with Elizabeth in June of 2016, our marriage was basically over and I was hoping that Elizabeth could help in any way. We continue to meet with her and she has helped with our marriage and I know that there is more I can learn about myself and my wife. Elizabeth is a very compassionate person and listened to what we were going through without picking sides or being judgmental. She is a very compassionate person and I can tell she loves her job. She is also easy to get a hold of by email or text. Even though it is a far drive, her guidance and wisdom are worth it.
A few months ago I decided to seek counseling. I was in a deep depression and wanted to gain a greater insight as to why I was finding myself struggling in my personal relationships. The decision to seek help was difficult and I had a lot of anxiety when arriving for my first session, but I was immediately at ease with Elizabeth. I’ve never been one to easily open up, but I felt safe and soon enough we were diving into everything. Elizabeth has helped me a great deal by giving me perspective, greater awareness, and asking me the tough questions I had been avoiding. At the conclusion of each session I feel lighter and more focused on making positive changes. I am grateful for Elizabeth’s continued guidance and support.
“About a half a year ago, I decided to seek out grief counseling for depression and anxiety. I had lost my father about two and a half years ago and my life was in a slow downward spiral until I went to see Elizabeth Dubiel. Through our visits she helped me work through my hard times and was very helpful to get me back on track. Everyday tasks seemed very difficult and hard to do. Today I can say that she was so insightful and supportive and, with her help, I am back to my old self – taking the bull by the horns. In the beginning, I was talked into therapy and I didn’t think it worked and to my surprise it has worked wonders.”