“Each human being is bred with a unique set of potentials that yearn to be fulfilled as surely as the acorn yearns to become the oak within it.” – Aristotle
Camille came to the clinic in the middle of an emotional and economic crisis. Her marriage was teetering on the brink of collapse, her two young children were dealing with their family’s stress by acting out, and, under the circumstances, neither she nor her husband had the resources to respond to them thoughtfully, either lashing out or turning away when the boys needed their help most.
Camille called Well Baby Center on a Friday and by Monday she had been assigned therapists for both herself and her children. Over the course of the next year, both children were able to work through their feelings about their parents’ eventual divorce through the use of sand tray, child-centered play therapy, and art therapy. They were able to express their sadness, anger, and grief about the many changes and heartbreaks that their family was enduring. They also learned coping strategies including patience and self-regulation in order to manage their mom’s sometimes limited ability to attend to them, being their primary caregiver and juggling work and home life with little support from dad. By the end of treatment the children learned about emotional resilience. They showed gratitude to their “feeling doctors” by making each of them thank you cards and expressing how they would miss them in their “good goodbye” sessions.
Eventually, mom began to feel better too, learning in her own therapy sessions that she had always struggled with depression, which had only increased during the pandemic and because of the ending of her marriage. She was able to examine aspects of her childhood that had affected her adult life adversely and found new ways to deal with her new life as a single mom of two rambunctious boys.
Well Baby Center held this family together through a very challenging time. They emerged more resilient than ever — capable of handling future struggles with more grace, fortitude, and compassion for one another and for themselves.
* names changed to protect privacy
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