u07d1-5238.docx - Introduction Hattie is in her late 40s is legally blind and has just been through a separation and divorce She has no children lives

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IntroductionHattie is in her late 40s, is legally blind, and has just been through a separation and divorce. She has no children, lives away from a family support system, and cries frequently, even at work. Hattie’s colleague and best friend Donna convinces her to go seek help from a professional counselor. Hattie’s parents also think counseling is a good idea. Hattie doesn’t eat, sleep, go out with her coworkers or friends and has been coming to work late almost every day since her husband left her for a “more worthy” wife. It’s been four weeks since Hattie spoke to her own family, living in Pakistan.DialogueCounselor: Good morning Hattie. What brought you in to see me today?Hattie:My friend Donna convinced me to come and talk to someone because she said I’m always late to work, need to sleep and eat more, and stop crying or whatever. Not only am I bad wife but now I can’t even be a good friend.Counselor: I’m glad you decided to try counseling. Could you tell me more about when these emotions and behaviors started?Hattie:(moment of silence) I never actually thought about it. I guess now that I think about it, I’ve felt like this twice in the last ten years. Once was when my husband cheatedon me and recently when I found out he was leaving me for a prettier and more successful woman. They were apparently in love. I felt like I wasn’t good enough for himand nobody would think I’m worth their time.Counselor: It sounds like you are a very strong individual. Losing your partner to divorce can be a great loss. Could you walk me through a typical day, since your divorce.Hattie:Like what I do? Or you mean how I feel every day?Counselor:You may share both.Hattie: I wake up or at least used to wake up at 7 am and go to work. I’ll grab some coffee and keep to myself while filing clients’ legal documents at work. Donna usually swings by my cubicle and asks me to come out for lunch or have drinks after work, but I usually make up an excuse to not go out. Then, I walk my dog after work and go to bed. I
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