WRIT 146Macbeth Therapy Session

WRIT 146Macbeth Therapy Session - Seraphina Oney April the...

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Seraphina Oney April the Fifth, 2013 Confessions: A Mistaken Case of Post-Traumatic Stress Yesterday I observed one of the most unique, thought-provoking sessions that I’ve ever experienced. A couple from the neighboring town of Inverness made a last-minute appointment with my secretary. From what she jotted down, the couple were experiencing some sort of marital strife over a topic they wished to discuss with a licensed professional. During my five years as a psychiatrist, I’ve had my fair share of couples that enter with marital issues and exit happily so I had no doubts about my ability to discover and remedy the source of their disagreement. However, nothing prepared me for Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth. It was slower than usual that day, so I had plenty of time to prepare myself for the Macbeths’ session. Generally, first impressions can be deceiving but there is no doubt that I was spot-on in my judgment of their characters. When the Macbeths entered, I noticed everything about Mrs. Macbeth was sharp and lanky, including her facial expression. My office isn’t the most colorful of the complex, but Mrs. Macbeth’s chilly demeanor made it seem brighter than a rainbow. Despite his powerful presence and towering height, Mr. Macbeth allowed his wife to take the lead. His wife was berating him as I entered. “Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth?” I called, walking into the sitting room. The couple stood. Mrs. Macbeth grabbed her husband by his sleeve, forcing him up. “Please, follow me.” Once in my office, I covered the usual protocol. 1
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“I want you to know that everything here is strictly confidential. This office is meant to be a safe space. I also urge you to be as honest as possible during the process if you want to move forward from this experience. I can only help you as much as you allow me to. Do you have any questions for me?” Mr. Macbeth, perched upon his chair, shook his head. He hung onto my every word. In contrast, Mrs. Macbeth sat stiffly in her chair with what I can only call a defiant
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  • Spring '13
  • WilliamCain
  • Macbeth, Mr. Macbeth, Mrs. Macbeth, Belladonna Macbeth

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