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I tried very hard to remove my loneliness with drugs, alcohol and one-night affairs and for a while this worked but not for long. I realized I could not go on this way and I found myself in an unbearable loneliness, separated from everything and everybody. Through the help of IME I was able to look at my life, my problems, the hopelessness of my situation. Now I can make a decision to do something about my life that is positive.
East Hartford, CT
There was a certain morning on which I woke up feeling overwhelmed by my crisis and I said to myself I would not feed into the emotions that day. I had done this many times before, and each time I failed. But this morning, for some unaccountable reason, another voice told me I was a liar; that I could not handle this emotional crisis all by myself. I reached out to IME who helped me face life challenges, and through the sessions I was able to gain the strength to handle future emotional crises.
A few years ago, I sat in a club talking with some friends and everyone was lit up like a Christmas tree. I inquired why everyone was so happy, and thoroughly uninterested in any conversation about current events. One person said to me, I think one of the great pleasures of just feeling miles away is to try some ecstasy……years later I was traveling on a different track, different clock, different music, on the edge of pleasure pain moving towards progressive disaster. My significant other mentioned trying IME counseling to address my substance use and in some important way their services helped me to change.
West Hartford, CT
I remember being all talk, I felt certain that I would be free from fear after reading all the magazines, watching YouTube, and listening to motivational speakers. It did not work, my general health declined, I became highly nervous and tense. As a result, an ulcer, high blood pressure that finally took me to the hospital where I laid almost near death. I had much time to think and to meditate. It was suggested by the hospital staff to try IME counseling and through intensive sessions I was able to face the root cause of what was causing my fear.
After a visit with the oncologist, my fear was that I might have cancer, if I did, I knew I might not make it. Well you know the story; the results came back positive for cancer cells. Life had ceased to function for me in any normal way my depression was paralyzing. Through months of painful radiation IME counseling provided motivation which gave me just enough strength to live. I slowly began to find peace and balance and engage in positive thinking which helped lift my spirits out of depression.
When I first engaged IME counseling services, I was terrified. I thought I no longer believed in anything. What a miracle that after a few sessions with a counselor I could have hope. This hope kept me coming back to sessions and gradually the belief grew into that there is good in all of us. I needed to seek the good out, nurture it, tend to it and it will flourish. Through the strategies suggested by my IME counselor I began to search for the positives within myself.
I had lost control of my inner voice, I felt I was powerless and did not believe that I was worthy of anything good. I felt a lot of pressure from others concerning my inability to express myself effectively and efficiently. I had a caring, kindhearted IME counselor who practiced looking for the positives within individuals. It was difficult at first but today I can honestly say I love the new me, I can embrace the new me and accept the new me. I am more confident and able to express myself than ever before.
New Britain, CT
There was a spiritual experience that had been one of many endless frustrations: it seemed that I was actually beginning to discern my own personal conception of God. Now at least I saw a real possibility that I might come to know the difference between spiritual life and religious life. I was struggling with my faith, which caused me to pursue spiritual counseling with IME. Together with the exploration of scriptures and much dialogue the struggle was over, it was the breakthrough that was needed.
For a long time, I had an idea that I must succeed, I must be right at all costs, I must be important. If I let go, I thought, then I would not be anybody. Well, who was I, anyway? Just an individual full of darkness and pain. Through the help of IME counseling services, I am beginning to see that letting go doesn't mean giving up. They helped me see that letting go means opening myself to new ideas and opportunities.
The word hope was vivid as I read the sentences until I realized that laughter and tears were intermixed, and I was no longer seated but pacing around the room trying to forget the traumatic event. For the first time, I began to understand that thoughts of the traumatic event were prohibiting me from activities of daily living. Through the skilled counselors at IME, I am able to dance, laugh out loud and feel reborn to continue to live life with all of the challenges that exist.
I have always believed in a higher power, God and the trinity but I quit going to church when life became overpowering. I prayed daily, but felt I was not getting through to God. I had reached a point where I wanted to die and could not. Through IME spiritual counseling I met the finest and most understanding counselors I had ever known. We explored the biblical writings and its interpretation on God's promises to his people. I have come to realize that with God all things are possible.
I knew I was dying from feeling anxious. I was so weak that I could hardly breathe; my breath came in little gasps, quite far apart. If a drink had been put within an inch of my hand, I would not have had the strength to take it. For the first time in my life, I was backed into a corner that I could not fight, cheat, lie or buy my way out of. I was trapped. I was encouraged to reach out to IME counseling services to explore new techniques to feel less anxious, fearful, and uncomfortable within my own skin. After our counseling sessions I feel calm, relaxed, and refreshed.
After three years, I had just broken up with my significant other. Simultaneously with the departure, there seemed to be coming towards me from all directions a feeling of dread, and lack of trust for future relationships. A close friend suggested IME counseling services to address my lack of trust for others. Over many, many sessions, we were able to move forward where I can see that I am able to love again.
Manning, South Carolina
At one point, I was physically fit, Then I lost my job and I became very frightened and depressed, I just could not face the future. My stupid pride would not allow me to ask anyone for help. So, I cried myself to sleep many nights, overeating and binging on junk food. During the IME counseling sessions, with the use of evidence-based treatment modalities I came to realize my negative thoughts were harming me. Thanks to IME counseling service, I have started to work out again and to approach life on different terms.
San Diego, CA