Alicia is a year 9 student referred for anger management and for difficulties emerging for her following the sudden death (suicide) of close family member.
On her first session Alicia said that she found it impossible to talk to people about her feelings.
She was able to stay in the room and begin to do a scaled profile of how she felt about different aspects of school and home life. She circled numbers on the scale representing how she felt which was much easier for her than actually talking about it. During this session it became clear that she enjoyed art, so I gave her an art journal that she could take home and bring back to each session.
On her second session Alicia brought back the art journal. She had spent time drawing in it and illustrating inspirational quotes which pointed to her dreams and values. She was able to talk about these.
She spent the session drawing and talking. We were able to set goals for what she wanted from mentoring and Alicia was able to talk about some of the difficulties at home that were causing problems for her at school.
In subsequent sessions Alicia has been able to explore her issues further. A suicide in the family had, in her words, destroyed her family. She was left feeling isolated and anxious about the well-being of the rest of her family. She expressed a wish to be able to talk to her mum. Using solution focussed methods we have begun looking at the many strengths already existent in her family both when they are at their best and during this crisis. We have begun also looking at her relationship with her mother, building a picture of how she would like it to be and helping her work towards it.
In future sessions we will work on understanding and managing her anger, which has become an increasing problem for her in school as well as helping her with her feelings of anxiety. We have also talked about creating a memory box for the family member who committed suicide which will give Alicia a chance to process the many conflicting feelings that she has around this death.