“It’s hard to be thankful. I don’t understand what’s happening?“
Carlton was spending this years’ Thanksgiving holiday in two homes. Carlton was doing well in school but he made little to no eye contact when someone talked to him and he mummbled his words when asking a question. He was able to engage in activities and write out his feelings but had difficulty talking about them.
Carlton was confused about the changes in his family life and he had a limited sense of compassion for himself (low self-esteem) and needed support to be full of thanks – find love for himself. Therapy allowed for clarification of the changes he was experiencing and a supportive environmnet for building his sense of his own strengths.
By acknowledging his own worth and capabilities he would be able to find ways to cope and assert himself to get his needs met with his family and peers.
We worked together to explore his Truths (what could he notice about his body, his senses, his movements?). When he started to sense and move he realized that he had control over his actions and his thoughts. He communicated thankfulness for his ability to move fast, slow, and with his entire body. He brought awareness to his senses and listened longer, watched around himself, and explored all his abilities.
He then took his new awareness into his two homes and acknowledged daily his own personal thanks. This year on Thanksgiving – Carlton says he plans to share with his family WHO HE IS and WHAT HE CAN DO!
Do you know of a child who could use support? Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families to help them gain knowledge, compassion, and connection. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (310) 966-0700 to schedule your time.
Please Note: These stories are based on real moments but all names, ages, and identifying information has been changed to ensure confidentiality and safety for all individuals involved. The events are a composite of related scenarios used to illustrate the work; bringing understanding to the benefits of supporting children through a mind/body connection.