When ten-year-old Fernando came to Western Youth Services, he was emotionally closed off and isolated from his family and friends.
When he first came into the office he sat in the corner, hiding behind his mother and communicated only through her. He had a habit of hiding himself inside a warm sweater, even on hot summer days.
Fernando was referred to us by his school. His teachers and school administrators were concerned that there might be more to the story since they knew he had a history of being bullied.
Through the process of family therapy with Fernando and his mom, we watched him start to open up. After a few sessions, he felt safe. We knew we were on the right track when he started to step away from his mom and communicate directly with his counselor.
Working Together to Support Fernando
Fernando’s social skills improved, first with his family and then in school. We worked with his mom to help establish consistent communication with his teachers and school administration so they could help reinforce the positive work they were doing together as a family. When daily communication between Fernando’s and his mom and the teachers was in place, they were able to help keep his progress at school.
Small Steps Lead to Massive Changes
Fernando’s self-esteem and confidence increased, he stopped wearing his sweater on hot days and he stopped hiding behind his mom. He now participates in school and at home, and his relationships are flourishing. We are so proud of Fernando and his mom for getting help. Together they created a system that worked for their family and one that can be applied to other situations that may arise in the future.