Janice Cabrillo: A Short Story

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Janice Cabrillo arrived on time for her scheduled appointment. Appropriately dressed, the 42-year-old, Caucasian woman, gave off the appearance that she had it all together, but her eyes told a different story. She shared a touch of her sadness with her eyes, which were only half masked by her courteous smile. I asked her if she would like something to drink and directed her toward the coffee and tea station nestled in the corner of our small office lobby. “Sure. I’d love some tea.” Janice helped herself to herbal tea and as she was adding honey to the cup, I commented on her beautiful ring on her left ring finger. “Thank you. Yes, Joe has good taste. He’s a keeper.” Janice followed me back to the counseling room, and I offered her…show more content…
To make a long story short, I told him, and he was very upset and immediately threw it on me that he wanted a divorce, that he had been unhappy for a long time, and this baby news, to him, was a sign that it was really over.” Janice paused, as to collect herself and prepare herself, for the words that were about to come from her mouth. “I lost the baby.” Janice pulled a tissue from the box next to her. Now her sad eyes, were making sense to me. “I see that Robert used the pregnancy and his distain for it as an excuse, because the real driving force for him to take off--her name is Cheyenne, his co-worker. Our marriage had been rocky for a while, and I was too wrapped up in my career to notice just how bad.” I continued to listen using the theory of Person Centered Therapy, at least for right now, because she certainly was sharing. According to Rory Lee-Oaks, Person Centered therapy is effective regarding bereavement and loss, and certainly Janice has significance in this area. (CounsellingTutor, 2014) “Joe knows about my miscarriage, but that’s’ about it. He knows I had a miscarriage, I haven’t gone into details about it, but I feel like there’s a connection between this miscarriage, and my inability to move forward with

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