Some days as a therapist can be discouraging because there are many difficult cases which include people suffering from negative childhood memories that haunt them terribly and seeing clients that seem to get no break from unfortunate circumstances. However, when there is a moment of insight, it can elevate someone’s mood in a transformative way. This is very rewarding to see.
Last week I saw a client who has been struggling with bereavement for over two years from her mother’s death. She had a stormy relationship with her mother as a teenager and felt guilty about all the troubles she caused her mom due to her drug addiction and poor choices. Even when her mother helped rescue her through posting bail and financial help, my client said , “I still acted like a brat.” Though their relationship improved, her mother died of brain cancer when my client was just twenty seven years old. She did have some good heart to heart talks with her mom during the last month of her illness, but Kathy (my client) still felt awful about her treatment of her mother from age 15 onwards. (more…)