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. Please note these are first rough drafts, so there may be spelling and/or grammatical errors.

© 2016 Jennifer Engel, All Rights Reserved, but feed back welcome.:)

How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: Guided Visualization can help people recover.

Author’s Notes: Guided Visualization works by taking an old picture or story, deleting it, and rewriting a a new one.

In today’s story excerpt Michelle’s psychologist is going to introduce the concept of beginning guided visualization with her.

Left Side:

Progress Report: September 25th Compiled by Dr. Wong

Report of recent symptoms/behaviors:

Michelle’s rating scores continue to be 3s feeling somewhat sad and alone.

Session Note:
Today’s session focused upon trying to determine when Michelle’s Fear first manifested. As suspected it was the day her grandmother was born. A technique of guided visualization was introduced. See Transcript:

Dr.Wong: So, one coping strategy for dealing with negative emotions that seems as if the meditation sessions are working pretty well for you, Michelle, is the meditation sessions?

Michelle: Yes.

Dr. Wong. That’s great. I’d also like to start introducing something similar to meditation. This is called Guided Visualization. It’s very similar to meditation, except, meditation is what you can co on your own. Guided Visualization is where you allow me to guide the meditation, instead of just letting your mind take you where it wants to go. It’s kind of like if you were to on a vacation and use a guide to show you the sites. You are in control of the sites we see, but I am helping try to give you more details on how to best experience those sites. Does that make sense?

Michelle: Yes.

Dr. Wong: Is this something you’d be open to?

Michelle: Um-hum.

Dr. Wong: Good. The first thing I am noticing is that while you may not be experiencing flashbacks per say, you do seem to be stuck…do you know what record is? (silence. Dr. Wong and Michelle chuckle a bit). Sorry, but you are young, and technically I didn’t want to assume you knew because technically you were born around when the MP3 was. Anyway, you are like a record that is currently playing the same song and when it hits a certain place, it skips and starts to repeat itself. The good news is that it doesn’t have to stay that way. We can rewrite the story so that it gets past this one sad song and moves on to the rest of the songs on the album. Sound good? (silence). Good. Now, the second analogy or metaphor I’d like to use is that of a movie projector. You are the projector that is showing the movie on the screen. I get to see what some of this movie looks like through your drawings, which seem to be a bit scary. Am I correct? (silence). Yeah, I thought so. So, in order to rewrite the movie, I need to know what you’d like the movie to look like. So, for your next homework assignment, I’d like you to draw, not what you are currently seeing, but what you’d like to see at the end of your movie. Can you do that for me?

Michelle: Yes.

Dr. Wong: Good. So at our next session, we’ll begin.

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