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28 W H AT O U R C L I E N T S S AY “As a male brought up with the old saying, ‘harden up’ and ‘children are to be seen and not heard’ this program has helped me change my ways of thinking as a parent. It’s helped me to understand that being supportive and yes sometimes soft, not hard has helped me develop a lasting connection with my children for the rest of my life.” – Participant in the Communities for Children Parent Education Project “The process of meeting with the Interrelate mediator assisted me to see that my level of distress was more than the workplace incident itself and it has helped me to understand why I react to certain situations with panic, anger and despair. I am learning to be more aware of my emotions and how they are linked to past events in my life and I am trying mindfulness and engaging in counselling. I feel that I am on the road to finding a better and happier version of myself.” – Workplace mediation client “I recently attended the Parents not Partners 6 week program at Interrelate in Port Macquarie. It was recommended that I attend to better deal with separation and the challenges that come with being a single parent. Initially I was very hesitant having never been to anything like this before or any counselling in general. I was pleasantly surprised by the structure of the sessions, the content and most importantly the non-judgmental approach by the friendly people running the course. I felt very much at home and found myself