When I was in third grade, I had some panic attacks- a combination of bad parenting, severe ADD, and divorce drama, so I went to a counselor that my mom hand-picked. This lady... she was... well, I could spam the keyboard with curses but... eh.
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You always maintained your impartiality with us. You encouraged Rita to be more assertive in stating what she wanted to get from your counseling sessions, as well as what she wanted to get from the relationship.
You taught both of us better communication between ourselves, which lead to an emotional comfort level between us that didn't exist before.
You took control of the direction of the session if things were not moving along.
Thanks so much
for helping us."
Rita and Mark