Renée is a woman in her forties who recently became divorced after many years of living in an argumentative and unhappy marriage. Over a short period of time Renée became very jealous of her ex-husband when she found out he had started seeing a new woman. Unable to cope and move on, Renée began stalking and sending threatening letters to this woman which led the police to intervene. Realising that she was going too far and hurting herself and others, Renée decided to look into therapy to help her come to terms with the end of her relationship with her ex-husband.
Renée started therapy for the first time and found talking tremendously helpful as she had a lot to share. Talking through everything with her therapist allowed her to reach a deeper understanding about her relationship with her ex-husband and she gained greater insight into her feelings of loss, rejection and loneliness from their divorce. The sessions helped Renée work through her issues of trust and she began to understand how her emotions fuelled her actions which harmed others including her own integrity.
As the sessions progressed, Renée began to use creative writing and art making to express her thoughts and feelings. This way of working felt hands-on and tangible for Renée as it helped her to consider new and different perspectives on the same issues. Overall, working creatively helped build Renée’s confidence and self-esteem, and she gained a new sense of self-worth and love for herself.
Renée learned a lot about her relationships and about herself. Renée is now more comfortable with being single and more open to the idea of being able to one day enjoy another relationship.
Just like Renée, therapy can help you:
- Develop greater self-expression and a deeper understanding of yourself
- Process difficult, painful and conflicting emotions
- Better understand your relationships with others
- Develop your confidence and self-esteem
*Please note: The names and details have been changed and altered to protect the clients’ identities. The photographs are for illustrative purposes only and do not identify any clients.