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HOLD believes that every person deserves to be actively heard, without judgement, without worry that what is said will go further, without unsolicited advice.

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With respect and integrity, we're ready to hear you.

Our Mission Statement:

 

We are a safe and confidential place for people who need to share/rant/vent/unload.  We are different from a therapist, but outside the circle of family members, friends or coworkers who may be too close to the situation to share with at this time.  We listen without judgment or problem solving, giving advice only when asked.  We Mr. Rogers the world.

 

Still unsure what we do?

 

It’s incredibly simple and extremely powerful:  We listen.  Allow yourself to experience catharsis, the release you feel after sharing strong emotions that you've held back. Happy news that's too soon to share? Upset, sad, or angry feelings that you worry your spouse or best friend can't tolerate hearing yet again? Feel like you'll scream if you don't tell someone? Afraid you're going to lose it if you don't get it off your chest? Are you wishing for a sounding board, but not sure who to trust? Do you have something you desperately want to say but maybe the person either isn't available or not ready to hear? Are you tired of getting unsolicited advice?  Unburden yourself with us. We only offer our thoughts if we are asked directly.  You won't get platitudes or clichés, rather understanding and compassion.  

We aren't therapists, but we are friendly, compassionate listening ears.  Listeners are trained by Deb, who has a 96 hour MDIV with a specialization in care and counseling from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  She brings both her education and relevant life experience as a hospital chaplain, spousal caregiver (now divorced), former homeschool parent, and funeral arranger so that regardless of which listener you meet with, you feel heard.  

 

We ask that you don't share information about illegal acts. If you are suicidal, please seek professional help as that is beyond the scope of our service. Our rules are very simple -- be respectful and kind. Give us a try!

Take a load off your mind with HOLD - Hearing Out Life Drama.