Brandy and Danielle
times I find myself getting up in the
morning and expecting the same routine
things throughout the day.
However, today I met two amazing young women
who taught me more about life in one hour
than I have learned over several years.
These young ladies aren’t worrying
about having the latest iPhone or getting a
new pair of designer jeans. They are
worried about their family being evicted
from their home, having food on the table
and dealing with tragedy and death in their
The two young
ladies are Brandy and Danielle, who met in a
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group for
teenage girls and are both in the Intensive
Treatment Team (ITT) program of Bluegrass.
Their stories reflect why Bluegrass and its
services are so important to people’s lives
and the community.
Brandy has been suffering from depression
and anxiety as long as she can remember.
She has had several admissions to Charter
Ridge Hospital, has a history of cutting
herself, used drugs and alcohol, and in
times of severe stress, she would hear
voices. She was traumatized by the
unexpected death of her boyfriend and was
unable to live with her father. She
was referred to Elizabeth (Beth) Lueking
of the Intensive Treatment Team of
Anderson/Woodford/Franklin County in
December of 2011.
with Brandy several times a week and worked
with her on ways to deal with and control
her anxiety. They used DBT skills,
Radical Acceptance Skills and Mindfulness.
This took a lot of hard work from Brandy,
but she was so open to learning these skills
and getting better that she flourished.
Brandy states, “Beth saved my life and gave
me the encouragement I needed to
understand and deal with my negative
Brandy is now living with
her mom and says they are best friends. She
is in the Anderson County High School Band
where they won 3rd in the state. She
is doing remarkably well and is very hopeful
about her future.
Danielle is 18 years old and has been in
a severely abusive relationship with her
ex-boyfriend for many years. In
addition, she lived in a home lacking any
parental stability, was constantly being
evicted or moving and was bullied at school.
When she was 15- years-old, her older sister
became her legal guardian and things seemed
to improve for a time; however, in her
junior year of high school, she moved back
in with her mom and began experiencing
severe stress and would often seclude
herself. She suffered from severe
guilt, would not open up to anyone and had
been in Charter Ridge several times with
thoughts of suicide.
October 2011 she was referred to Beth
Lueking and the Intensive Treatment Team
of Anderson/Woodford/Franklin County.
At first, Danielle had little faith in
therapy and found it hard to trust.
Fortunately, with Beth’s approach and
demeanor, she finally opened up and together
they worked on her problems. It was
determined she had Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder from the abusive relationship with
her boyfriend. She attended DBT groups
and learned other skills to help her cope
She moved out
of her unstable home atmosphere and is now
living in a secure home environment.
She is attending Eastern Kentucky University
where she is majoring in Criminal Justice
thinks her treatment has been so successful
with ITT because she was able to meet with
Beth several times a week instead of once a
month. Her treatment helped open her
eyes and become more accepting of others.
Danielle states that with the help of Beth
and the ITT program she knows she can
have a happy and productive life.
These young women show remarkable strength
and courage. It was a pleasure and an
honor to meet them and to listen to their
journey of recovery.