"I have your files all ready for today. There are the three PTSD cases and one family counseling session we spoke about yesterday. Your first case, Sargent Ryan is already here." (Natasha)
"Thanks. You can send him in, in about 5 minutes." (Tina)
"Will do." (Natasha)
"Hello Sargent Ryan. So glad you could make it. Have a seat." (Tina)
"First of all, I want to personally thank you for your service to our country. You don't know how much we appreciate all that you and your fellow armed forces men and woman do. So thanks from the bottom of my heart." (Tina)
"You're welcome. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my country." (Sgt Ryan)
"So now down to business. This session is an evaluation session. As you know this is a mandatory session for all men and woman who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan for a consecutive year or more, or who had two or more tours of duty. In this session we will determine if you need additional sessions. So it is imperative that you are as honest as you can possibly be here. What you say to me will not leave this room." (Tina)
"So with that said, tell me what has been going on with you since your return."
"Well, I've been so happy to be back, that I can't seem to stop smiling." (Sgt Ryan)
"I know. That smile lit up the room when you walked in. So what's going on behind the smile?" (Tina)
"Well, I have been having some nightmares, but it's not all the time. I have a really supportive family, so I try to do a lot with them. Keeping busy keeps my mind in the right place." (Sgt Ryan)
"Thank you so much for coming today. I enjoyed our time together." (Tina)
"Surprisingly enough, I did, too." (Sgt Ryan)
"I will have your evaluation complete within two days. At that time I will contact you with the results. In the meantime, keep smiling."
"Thank you. If I have to do additional sessions, at least I will have a beautiful lady sitting across from me." (Sgt Ryan)
"What a charmer you are. On your way out, please get a card from my assistant. Feel free to call me anytime you need to talk." (Tina)
"What a cutie he was." (Natasha)
"He was quite the charmer, too." (Tina)
"A gentleman by the name of Harrison called while you were in your session." (Natasha)
"That's right. I told him I might be available for lunch today. I forgot to call him. Could you please call him and tell him if he can do a late lunch, say 1:30ish, then I can make it."
"Okay. The Harts called. They are running about 15 mins late." (Natasha)
"When they get here, just send them in." (Tina)
About 25 minutes later the Harts arrive.
"Thanks for joining us Mrs. Hart. As you know, Ethan and I have been working together for about a month now. He is doing so well, that we thought it was a good time to bring you into the sessions. Hopefully you have seen some of the changes that I have seen. So tell me, how are things going at home." (Tina)
"Actually it's going pretty well. We are communicating a lot more and his relationship with the kids has gotten a lot stronger." (Stephanie)
"So Ethan, how are you feeling about everything?" (Tina)
"Well I do feel better. I still have nightmares, but not as many as before. I am handling crowds a lot better, too" (Ethan)
Tina spends an hour with the Harts. She recommends at least three more sessions with the two of them. Tina has also suggested at least one session with just her and their 10 year old daughter. And another session with the three of them together.
Tina does get a chance to meet Harrison for a late lunch. If we are lucky, we will get to peek in on them to see how things are going.