Madison’s Moment

When I faced a tough conversation at work and handled it really well.

“When I’m feeling something,” says Madison, who graduated from Climb’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in the Sweetwater Area, “the whole world knows it.”

At first, Climb’s group therapy was difficult for Madison. She had never been to counseling. “I had a lot of emotions inside me that had never been let out.”

Guided by a licensed mental health provider, Climb’s group sessions help moms practice how to handle conflict and communicate effectively so they’re ready for similar situations in the workplace.


“I realized that having emotions doesn’t make you weak. It makes you human.”

-Madison, Climb Wyoming Graduate


Climb also provides individual counseling to every participant. Madison says she talked a lot about past trauma for the first time ever in these one-on-one sessions. “I trusted Climb,” Madison recalls. “I learned to tolerate some of the discomfort and things that triggered me. I realized that Climb is a safe place
to practice.”

Madison’s job placement as a CNA at the Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River gave her an immediate opportunity to experience
how emotions show up on the job.

“I used what I learned in group to address a disagreement,” Madison recalls. “By then I realized that having emotions doesn’t make you weak. It makes you human.”

She says, “I’m no longer scared of my emotions; they are almost always telling me something important. Now I have better tools to express how I’m feeling at home and at work.”