Nicky’s early life with a drug using Mother had taught him to fight his way through life.
Nicky’s parents had come to us when he was 8 years old. His parents were very worried about him and had not been able to find any therapy for him that enabled them to be involved. Nicky’s early life with a drug using mother had taught him to fight his way through life. He was aggressive and rejecting of his parents care and concern for his safety.
Through musical games and directed activities he slowly became relaxed. Together, he and his mother built up a bank of shared enjoyable experiences. It took longer for the positive effects to become evident at home, but gradually his attitude changed and he had a more positive image of himself – as someone who could give pleasure to others.
3 years later, now age 12, Nicky was told that he needed therapy to help him with difficulties with other children. He had got in trouble with the police. Nicky immediately said that he wanted to come back to Catchpoint. This time the focus will be age appropriate life story narrative with some musical activities and free improvisation to explore his anxieties about adolescence and peer pressure. By choosing to come back, he is choosing to come to a place where he can anticipate understanding, feel safe in the patterns of our therapy and be accepted whatever his presentation.
Welcome back Nicky. I don’t think you will need to be with us for long.