May 30, 2024

Leesburg Woman Provides Healing and Hope to Community Through Free Counseling Center

1.5 min read| Published On: May 30th, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

Leesburg Woman Provides Healing and Hope to Community Through Free Counseling Center

1.5 min read| Published On: May 30th, 2024|

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The People Helpers Counseling Center: The center has been serving the community for 20 years with free one-on-one counseling as well as currently offering evening classes and support groups. In the last three years, we have grown from being a small service to now serving about 200 clients with the prospects of continued growth.

This service is needed because: In the U.S. we have a mental health crisis. In 2023, there were over 50,000 American suicides. Our communities are filled with broken people who have no place to turn. We are a lighthouse giving people individual counselors to listen compassionately, make suggestions and guide them to comfort, peace, purpose and restoration. 

Issues we help with: We counsel many types of issues – marriage restoration, anger management, anxiety, depression, family relationship issues, abuse, losses of many kinds, grief and more. Our clients come from all walks of life, from millionaires to homeless, ages 5 to 95.

Why I love what I do: Because I have the amazing opportunity to offer hope to those who are hurting in our community.  I desire to prevent many more suicides and help people move on with new purpose, new joy, new peace for the rest of their lives. I hope to make our community a safer place by alleviating inner-chaos. I hope to share how a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will change their life and give them inside strength for each new day of life adventure. 

I want everyone to know: That I am extremely passionate about helping the brokenhearted, depressed, anxious and angry of our community to find a better way to live.

A saying I live by: “Praise be to the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 

My life has taught me: That our losses and difficulties in life give us the empathy we need to bring hope to others.  Nothing is wasted. God works miracles to create good out of evil. 

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography, and video editing. She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and produces Style Magazine's Sports Hub Podcast and the Healthy Living Podcast. She also produces for Beacon College’s Telly Award-winning PBS show, “A World of Difference.” When she isn’t working, Cindy loves traveling the National Parks with her husband , Ryan, and son, David, photographing wildlife.

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