Sara is a student in her twenties and came to Kinergy because she was sexually abused by her father and mother. Sara had been experiencing flashbacks and images of sexual abuse. She recognised that she has large gaps in her childhood memories, and no specific memories of the abuse, and was uncertain whether to trust these flashbacks, however, she wanted to explore the memories and images. The flashbacks she experienced were very intense and visual and often trigger periods of dissociation.
She also wanted to explore her identity, and emotional and relationship needs, as well as self-care so that she can have relationships with others without sacrificing her boundaries with her family and friends.
Through her experience of counselling, Sara is feeling more autonomous, and has learnt to validate herself rather than seeking validation through others. She is using what she has learnt about herself to create boundaries with others and she has started to recognise her triggers and how she is affected, by increasing self-awareness of her thought processes.