We first met Charlie 22 years ago when our marriage was hanging by a thread. He helped us find our way to healing as a couple and family. Over the years we have called on him when we needed a third person’s perspective. When my son was a junior in high school and facing his own struggles, he asked to see Charlie. In the last couple of years my daughter and son-in-law have worked with him early in their marriage to point their relationship in a positive direction. We are grateful for the role Charlie has played in the life of our marriage and family.
I didn’t go to Charlie because I wanted to. Frankly, I did it because my wife was going to leave if I didn’t get help. I had kept secrets throughout our marriage and each time some of them came to light her pain worsened. I was buried in shame by my numerous betrayals and the last thing I wanted to do was go talk with someone about it. But to my surprise after the first 30 minutes of our initial session I knew I had done the right thing. I began a journey that day of recovery from sexual compulsions that had plagued me since my teenage years. But most of all, I am grateful for the peace that has come from living truthfully. I had no idea of the energy and distress it took to hide my secrets and to create more lies, until I didn’t have to do it anymore. Charlie has been an important part of my recovery journey. (F.)