When Jessica realized she was good enough.
A story from a Clinician:
I have a client, Jessica*, that I have been working with for about six months. We began the work with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Jessica to recognize thought patterns that were no longer serving her, like having the reoccurring thought that she “wasn’t good enough.” We also worked on affirmations and a new script that she could use to change that internal dialogue positively.
Jessica made some great gains during that work, and it was inspiring to see. We incorporated mindfulness into our sessions to continue taking the emotional charge out of her negative thoughts. She said how helpful it was to be aware of her thoughts and patterns in this way.
After CBT, we practiced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to move her healing even further. After four EMDR sessions, Jessica noticed a considerable decrease in feelings of being triggered, an increase in positive associations. She was able to think and talk about her past without the enormous emotional baggage accompanying her for so many years. At our last session together, before Jessica “graduated” from therapy, she reflected on how far she had come. She expressed that she went from feeling like everything was overwhelming to feeling confident that she could navigate whatever life brought to her.
It moved me so much to hear that and to be part of her journey of healing. Being able to sit with someone on their healing journey and witness such remarkable positive change is very rewarding.
Thank you for making it possible for Jessica to realize she is “good enough”!
*name changed for confidentiality
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