Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. Left-Brain excerpts will be from her care-takers’ point of view or the point of view of the friends and family around her, while right-brain excerpts will describe how she sees the situation. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences.

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How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: We can not control our future, and we must get stuck in the past.  Therefore, we must only live in the present.

In today’s story excerpt, Michelle, the  main character, will soon need to think about what life in foster care might mean for her.

Left Side

Progress Report: September 18th Compiled by Dr. Wong

Report of recent symptoms/behaviors:

Michelle’s rating scores are inconsistent fluctuating between 3s and 5s. From feeling somewhat sad to feeling extremely sad and alone. 5s seem to manifest whenever she talks about her grandmother, which was the original reason for the psychotic break.

The story Michelle wrote coincides what social workers found at her mother’s house: at this point and time, Michelle’s mother seems incapable of caring for a child.

Child services will be called in to help find foster care upon Michelle’s release.

Session Note:

Michelle’s homework, during her art-therapy class, is to draw a road of life that might lead to foster care. The next session will be used to see what images and hues she creates in order to determine how much transitions work will, or will not, need to occur.