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: Inside each one of us we each have our own Neverlands and Wonderlands that we can recreate to.

In today’s story excerpt, Michelle’s therapist, Dr. Wong, gives her an assignment.  Create her own fantasy island. This information will tell her what, and who, Michelle wants to live with upon release from the hospital.

Author’s Notes: Thinking about, going to visit, our own Neverlands and Wonderlands can tell us a lot about our own emotional states.  What does the weather look like there? Is there anything that needs to be cleaned up, or rebuilt?  If you never thought about this, consider doing the homework that the main character, Michelle, was assigned.

Left Side: 
Progress Report: September 21st Compiled by Dr. Wong

Report of recent symptoms/behaviors:

Michelle’s rating scores consistently fluctuating between 3s and 5s. From feeling somewhat sad to feeling extremely sad and alone.

Session Note:

Today’s session focused upon her next art-therapy homework session, which will be called Fantasy Island. Michelle was given the instructions to fantasia about living on an island where she had everything she could need, but where she is the only one that lives there. On this island she finds a magical creature that can grant her anything she wants to be on this island. Next, this fantasy asks her three additional questions:

  1.  Draw what your perfect, fantasy island would look like.
    2. Draw where you are on this island.
    3. If you could have anyone with you on the island, who would you have with you. Think about who would want to help take care of you on the island.
    4. If you mother was with you on the island where would she be?
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