Seeking help can be hard. We know there can be many barriers to getting mental health treatment for those who are suffering and struggling with problems alone. So we asked our patients to share their experiences and thoughts with you.
Here's what they had to say:
"Take time to nurture yourself"
"It takes a great deal of courage to seek help and that is the first step to a healthy outlook."
"Gardenia Cove has been a blessing for me. I do not know where I would be if not for them. Most caring people I have experienced ever!"
"This space has made an enormous and positive impact on me, my family, my relationship, in and out of work and I'm just so thankful for everyone here. I haven't felt this good...EVER. I'm happy I made that first step in healing myself. I'm happy because for the first time in my life I can get out of bed and not get right back in for all of the thoughts and fears. I can start the day and finish the day a lot better now. P.S. Thank you guys!"
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
"Dr. Williams and her staff are incredible! I met them at a time when my anxiety was worse than I realized. The loss of my father, the stress of having young children and other life issues had overwhelmed me. They've helped me so much to walk through much needed healing and recovery."
"Dr. Williams and her staff are great. She is amazing at what she does. She goes above and beyond to help. I would highly recommend her care to anyone. You come in as a patient and leave as a friend."
"Sometimes we feel helpless, like we're beyond hope. It's easy to give up and stop trying when you feel like there's no way out. This is when you need a guide. Whether your guild is a therapist, psychiatrist, or both, they will work with your best interest at heart to lead you back to a life full of hope. It may take time, like a bad storm you have to weather, but like all storms, the sun will shine again. Letting others help is the best gift you can give to yourself."
"Don't lose hope. There is help through Gardenia Cove
and Dr. Williams."
"The sun will come up tomorrow, promising a new day and a new beginning."
"Take your meds! Listen to your doctor and your family and your friends as you get well. Rest, eat well, exercise and go after your dreams - this involves work and dedication! 29 years diagnosed with Bipolar 1, 'Living my dreams through service to others.'"
"BELIEVE...everything will be alright! The work is worth it!"
"The staff is wonderful and really supportive. In the short time I have been coming here, I feel like family. You are not alone, and this facility lets you know that. It can get better."
"You are NOT alone!"
"After being trapped for decades - wondering what was "wrong" with me - I finally thought I was going crazy, sought help, and it was a life saver. Releasing my inner demons and having someone help you without judgment."
"You are never alone. You are loved. You are supported. You are more than enough."
"Greatest place I know! Dr. Williams and her staff are the best. It is so comfortable here!"
"Despite how you may feel and what is happening, everything will work out and you will be okay."
"Gardenia Cove's people are the most compassionately helpful, no-nonsense and gentle-at-the-same-time professionals I've experienced in my therapeutic lifetime! (I'm a "senior")"
"It was the best decision I've ever made. It's not easy,
but well worth it!"
"No matter how hard life gets, you're loved, you're beautiful, and there's nothing you can't do or overcome."
"Don't be afraid to ask for help. You aren't alone!"
"Dr. Williams is a great physician, caring and kind. Jamie is an excellent counselor, I've been using them for years."
"Hope....When you are in a world of darkness and it all seems hopeless - that you feel worthless - There Is Hope. Therapy gave me hope and in the process I am now in the sunlight."
"It's important to take time to honor yourself daily. Love yourself!"
"After a bad experience with my very first psychiatrist I swore to never go to one again. Having been diagnosed bipolar, my family begged me to try another one. I agreed. Dr. Williams was a Godsend! She carefully chose the right medications to start me on and they actually worked, but didn't make me a zombie. This decision changed my life forever!"
"NEVER, NEVER give up!"
"There's no shame in getting treatment! Your brain is just another organ that gets sick sometimes."
"Love the approach the office and MD give!"
"Some people prefer to see the rose then feel the thorn. I prefer to feel the thorn and then look for the rose."
"Dr. Williams and the staff here are all wonderful professionals who take great care of their patients."
"Life does get better after a long time. Once you have hit bottom the only way left to go is up."
" Dr. Williams is the first psychiatrist I've been to who is very validating and always has your best interest in mind. She's someone I've felt comfortable opening up to since my first visit! We all need help sometimes, so if you're struggling, know that
Gardenia Cove is a safe and supportive place!"
"Thanks Dr. Williams for helping me and saving my life. I am grateful to be alive. PTSD is real, and I hope you continue your work and see the need to help others."
"I have struggled with mental health over the years and seen many different doctors in sterile environments. A trip to Gardenia Cove is comparable to a salon/spa visit. A compassionate, nurturing environment. So thankful to have found Dr. Williams and her staff."
"It's not about winning, but staying in the race."
"The atmosphere is so soothing here. Everyone is so kind and accommodating. I have been helped so much more in a few months than I was in over 11 years with my former doctor! Thank you Dr. Williams for being firm with me on my meds.
P.S. Answer to prayer!"
"If you feel like this is all you'll ever feel, you're wrong. It's all you feel in the moment. In 10 years, you'll look back and love yourself even more for staying strong and continuing treatment.
You are Powerful, never forget that!"
"Dr. Williams is a great physician and has turned my life around. Thank you, and continue your great work. Also, great staff and Jamie is great as well."
"Be patient and wait on the LORD and watch him work!"
"Just do it! Therapy doesn't mean you're weak, it means you're strong. Candyce and [Dr. Williams] truly care! They will help you overcome anything!"
"Between individual and group sessions, I am getting the support that I need. Feedback and shared experiences are very helpful. Everyone here is wonderful and part of my extended family.
I love this place!"
"Events can appear severe and unsolvable. Sharing tears and anxieties with others often opens many avenues to life you alone could never imagine."
"Don't give up. God loves you and he is in the process of working on you. Don't be afraid to work with the doctors that are trying to help you, and take the medicine that they prescribe. You can do this, it won't be perfect, but life is what happens when we are making other plans. Just stay away from drugs and try to find something productive to do with your day. Who knows, someday you might be on top of the world."
"I'm really happy I made the choice to come and get help! Thank you so much Gardenia Cove!"
"Thank you for the kindness everyone shows here.
Also, thanks for truly listening."