FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A CASE DESCRIPTION
in the words of a young client (aged 11 at the time of therapy) who wishes to remain anonymous
Therapy with Yaela was a lot of fun. I would come in and she would ask me how my week had been and what I wanted to do: talk, draw or something else. Sometimes, we would play, and I would describe issues or problems that I was having. Other times, she asked me if I would want to create something and we would use recycled objects like papers and containers and create a new object which described something that was going on in my life. I could also describe issues by using different objects (eg. scarves), where I would make pictures on the floor and place them in positions in a shape. We would then get into conversations about problems and issues by describing each day of the week and what had happened.
Sometimes we would act out scenes and we would role-play how I could approach them. For example, let’s say I had a problem with trying to tell someone something that wasn’t easy for me. Yaela would help me act it out. Sometimes we would wear different costumes (eg. wigs, scarves etc). It was a lot of fun.
In her therapy room, there was a mini-trampoline and beanbags which we sit on when we were talking.
What was very nice was that therapy with Yaela was very flexible. I was able to play and act out events that were happening in my life which I really enjoyed, and it made the sessions fun. But if I just wanted to sit and talk, I was able to do that.
She helped me with my goals and what I wanted to achieve. I would write them down and we would fold the paper up and put it in a balloon, blow it up and then later on in the year when I felt ready, I would pop the balloon and see if anything had changed and if I had been able to meet any of the goals I had set for myself.
One time I expressed my emotions by singing. Yaela asked me to make up words and sing them to the tune of my favourite song. This helped me express how I was feeling.
When it came to closing each session, we would sit down on the carpet or beanbag or wherever I wanted, and she would light some incense while we talked.
I really enjoyed my therapy with Yaela, and I felt close to her. We had some inside jokes with each other which was a lot of fun. She is very kind. She smiles a lot, is very warm and she helped me get to a point where I was feeling strong and happy within myself.
I learned how to stand up for myself. I am very grateful for how she helped me.