When the FP counselor first began working with Krista*, a 16 year old, she was struggling with angry outbursts that led to self-harm behaviors and damaging items in her home. Krista shared with her counselor that she consistently had negative thoughts about herself; she wished she was someone else her family would "like better". Krista felt as though she needed to wear pink, listen to pop music and be "girly" in order for others to like her. Additionally, Krista's family was still holding onto pain they felt from Krista's anger towards them. After intensive individual and family work, Krista's self-esteem has vastly improved; she has made new friends and has chosen drawing and poetry as a way she can express her feelings. Krista's talents in these creative outlets continue to flourish. After processing feelings, perceptions and past events, Krista's family has been able to work through the difficult dynamics that led to conflict. Now, Krista's family has a goal of making one night a week "family night" in order for them to continue to create memories and strengthen their bond. In the past, Krista has had difficulty connecting with therapists, however, she has chosen to continue seeing the Family Partners therapist at a lower level of support, meeting twice a month in an outpatient setting. Her counselor will continue supporting this client as she grows, strengthens and discovers herself.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of PHILLIPS' families.