Life stressors are inevitable. For Kristen, she was dealing with the stress of having a young daughter and an unstable relationship with her partner. Kristen needed to gain access to tools and resources that could help her manage her stress, deal with the instability of her relationship, and gain confidence in herself. She met with one of our counsellors, and they used solution focused approaches to discuss self-esteem building techniques, self-care strategies, effective communication and assertive behaviour. Kristen and her partner also attended couples counselling together which seemed to have stabilized their relationship.
After some time, Kristen returned to individual counselling, where she disclosed that her partner had begun to be physically abusive and that she was considering leaving that relationship for her and her daughter’s safety.. Soon after, another physically abusive incident occurred and Kristen contacted the police. Her partner was arrested and Kristen was ready to have a fresh start.
Kristen continued counselling, was able to find housing for her and her daughter, and explored employment opportunities. Throughout this experience, Kristen had support from her parents and her clinician, and as a result she has been able to move forward in her life in a positive manner.