Dear Haley

I can appreciate you are very busy but I attended your recent presentation and I couldn’t just walk away without giving you my sincere appreciation for the information shared on that day. I have studied Mental health, substance abuse, cultural studies, behavioural issues in young people along with many other subjects but for some reason what you said resinated with me on not only a personal level but also professionally.

I know that who I have become as an adult was a result of some trauma I was exposed to growing up, but I think I only really thought of this as an “idea” not as “fact” and it’s almost as if a light switch went off in my brain and I almost felt tears as this all hit me while you spoke – I was so moved it felt like you were talking to just me.

I would love to hear more of what you have to say as you have left an indelible footprint in my brain now, I am so thankful for what I have now gained and plan to work on some of these issues within myself – including my need for control and severe anxiety in my day to day life.

On a professional stance you also made me feel confident that I am on the right track with my interactions with the young people who make contact at our youth centres and often require extra supports.

Thank you so much for sharing your own personal journey and for everything you taught me. I’m more motivated than ever to read more books and learn all I can in my chosen field (I even purchased the book “The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog; And Other Stories From a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook” over the weekend as I heard it was a good read for professionals and am looking into more training options).

I’m sure you have changed many people’s lives along the way in your teachings and I hope you know how valuable that is.

Continue your work, you are truly inspiring!

Kate

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