Brianna was adopted by her aunt and uncle at a young age and then removed from their home at age 14 because of physical abuse. At the start of therapy at Western Youth Services, Brianna was not concentrating in school, skipping classes, and feeling unmotivated and sad. She was recently reunified with her aunt and uncle, and was concerned about being back in their family home. She wondering if she would be safe.
Her WYS counselor helped her entire family talk openly about their concerns and improve their family communication. This helped her feel more secure and safe at home. Her uncle participated in anger management classes which also helped him respond differently to Brianna.
Within 6 months of working with Brianna and her family, they were coming to sessions laughing and giggling, and doing well at home. They were all able to express their feelings, including anger, in safe and healthy ways. Brianna’s initial school problems and sad mood were gone!