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Behind the Many Masks, I've Found Myself

This is a recent letter written to Staff Therapist Rochelle Silver. Names have been changed to ensure privacy.

Dear Rochelle,

I would like to thank you so much, never have I ever had a therapist who cared or took the time to really listen like you do.

You listen to all sides. I feel that you are a very giving person. I really have never dug deep inside myself to see who I really am. That masks that I have worn have been many, but the one I am wearing now is Serenity. That is because of us; you, me, my higher power. Our sessions have taught me so much. I no longer am a scared little girl. I am a strong woman. I will continue to work very hard.

I am very happy I came here.

I will never forget this experience for as long as I live, I feel so emotionally healthy. I know I have a long way to go in my recovery but I am determined to continue to work hard at it as I have done since I got here. I will never forget you. You are the greatest gift God could have given me to get me through.

I never thought I would break threw all those walls I had built up to protect myself from the evil. So many bad memories or triggers, who would have imagined? Dealing with my father or stepfather or my mother’s boyfriends. Kind of all hitting me at the same time was overwhelming, but with your help I am in my own little way dealing with it. Now this weekend coming, my family is supposed to be coming for our family session. I have been thinking and working on things to say to apologize for my behavior. I think I have it figured out what we all need to talk about to recover from our addictive behavior.

{Eddie} for his anger, mental or verbal. {Aaron} for anger and verbal and me for alcohol, drugs, anger, severe mental and psychotic behaviors.  I think a session with all of [them] every few months. I am going to save so much money from working as I can. So I can see {Aaron} as much as possible. What is meant to be will be. Once again, from the bottom of my heart, I truly have grown from you and I will continue to do so. You should be proud and pat yourself on the back. I love you so.

This is not good-bye by any means.

Take care of you,

Patient K.

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