|Posted by Susan Bliss on June 30, 2014 at 12:35 AM|
I will call the following client "Patricia"for the sake of anonymity.Patricia came to get help with trauma from being raped. In our first session, Patricia told me she was crying herself to sleep every night. She appeared withdrawn.
Her main goals were better self-esteem, and to forgive herself for getting talked into going with the young man that lead to the incident that precipitated her visit. She was concerned about her appearance and wanted to feel good about herself. In our first session we worked on forgiving self, and on changing her beliefs about herself from "I am fa"t to "I am just right" and from "I am ugly" to "I am beautiful". Immeadiately, I noticed a difference in her posture and her energy.
At her second session, I noticed her demeanor had changed. She was bubbly and excited to share her experiences of the prior week. She gave me the following feedback: "I am not crying myself to sleep anymore. I am feeling self-respect." In regards to her looks she said, "My true friends see me in my least attractive state and still like me. Feels like that event has been a blessing for me now."
Her mother reported the following at the conclusion of our third session: "That first month after the incident, it seemed like it was dragging her down. After her first session with you, she was happy, giggly and back to her old self again. She is doing way better at school, having a better attitude about school and taking responsibility in keeping her room organized."