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.

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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 continuing her guided visualization session with her.

Left Side:

Progress Report: September 28th Cont…
(In the background we hear Michelle cry)
Dr.Wong: Where are you now?

Michelle: (through crying) at my mothers.

Dr. Wong: Who is there with you?

Michelle: People I don’t know…social workers….I think.

Dr. Wong: Remember. Anytime you want, you can turn the movie off. Also, remember, the movie might want to pull you in, but you an pull yourself out and just watch it or turn it off. You can also rub your hands together to bring you back to this moment. (after a pause the sound of hands rubbing together can be heard). You will get through this and you are currently in a place that is safe. Remember, you are simply watching a movie, as scary as the movie may be. Let’s reorient you back to the chair, back to just watching the movie by focusing on our breath again. Breathe in..1..2..3..4..5..hold…breath out..5..4..3..2..1..
With each breath… 1..2..3..4..5.. hold…breathe out..5..4..3..2..1..
You return to the chair…Breath in 1..2..3..4..5.. hold…breathe out..5..4..3..2..1..
To a place of safety and calm. Breath in 1..2..3..4..5.. hold…breathe out.. 5..4..3..2..1 Good. Remember, if at any time, you need to look away from the screen, you may. Breathe in..1..2..3..4..5..hold…breath out..5..4..3..2..1..
Let’s send a minute or two watching the movie.It is okay to be scared, or uncomfortable. Those feelings are natural, but I am here with you and you are in a safe place. You are doing really well and are very brave to face something that happened to you in the past, but remember, you are not there now, you simply watching it like you would watch TV. As you are watching, I’d like to hear what you think the main character, you, is thinking.

Michelle: I don’t want to go with my mom.

Dr. Wong: Why is that?

Michelle: Because I know she can’t take care of me, but she’s fooled everyone into thinking she can. My grandma and I couldn’t be fooled. That is why I lived with her.

Dr. Wong: I’m sorry to hear that. Why couldn’t your mom take care of you?

Michelle: Because of the monsters.