As with all good things….
On Friday, October 4th, 2019 One World Counseling is coming to a close and will no longer be operational.
This agency is sincerely proud to have been called a “second home” by so many of its clients and served as a refuge for many others who were seeking counseling and treatment (I will simply call it help and human connection) to address their needs and concerns.
I remain personally enlivened when speaking with referral sources and other agencies that express how much this agency has helped its clients, supported their organizational efforts, and established mutually supportive and enhancing relationships.
I started One World Counseling in 2012 amidst a backdrop of reactionary defensiveness; including, those that held disbelief and even disapproval of what and who this treatment program would be serving. The forces of hate and prejudice have very strong conscious and unconscious roots. The vision and mission of One World Counseling has always been set on reaching out to and offering professional help and treatment to segments of our population and communities that have traditionally been – not only underserved – but completely overlooked. My staff and I are so proud to have been able to serve and help a variety of newer and older immigrant communities in our region that just never knew where to go to in order to access the help that they most need or wanted.
One World Counseling developed its footing by operating on the “fringes” of the treatment community; a professional sub-culture in its own right. And it has been from the fringes that we set up our home and created a welcoming and healing environment. This is something that regulatory controls and State bureaucrats will never be able to create or even replicate. This has truly been a labor of love and dedication by my staff and me. This has been an endeavor sparked by the consciousness of the heart and the processing of the mind, and all of our success is only attributed to that. While we have never been recognized by the powers-that-be in the treatment-industrial complex, our full recognition and joy comes in the reflections of words of appreciation and sentiments of gratitude that are shared by multitudes of our supporters in the community and partner agencies.
A confirmation of the success and positive impact of our mission can be seen by taking a walk through the neighborhood in which One World Counseling was established, and generally throughout Southern Brooklyn. It is common to now see store-signs and departmental placards in front of shops and businesses that read in Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Hebrew, Arabic, Uzbek, Tajik, Georgian and many other languages. This was certainly not the case even ten years-ago. It is a changing world, and we are tremendously delighted to have been part of the change that has streamlined so many of these developments in our neighborhood (and the larger world) and even helped opened the way for them. One World Counseling has been a ripple in this larger tide and we are pleased to have claimed our vibration in this stream of development. And it has truly been a development. We know that communities are only made stronger and safer by integration efforts, and this has been at the cornerstone of the treatment philosophy of this agency.
The clinical and treatment successes of One World Counseling would not have been possible without some of the extraordinary staff this agency has had over the years. I would like to pay tribute to them here.