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Holodeck- Cryptic Messages

Posted May 6, 2021, 11:12 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (CNS) (Lindsay Bayes)

Posted by Ensign Viyara Nazeen (Scientist) in Holodeck- Cryptic Messages

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (CNS) in Holodeck- Cryptic Messages

Posted by Ensign Viyara Nazeen (Scientist) in Holodeck- Cryptic Messages
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Janna let silence sit between and around them for a few moments as much for her own sake as Viyara’s. “Knowing that something needs to change, is a good step. You don’t have to know what it is or how. That’s why you have me,” she said gently.

Viyara continued to look out over the canyon in silence for a few more moments. But eventually she turned her head again and face Janna once more, nodding.

“Does that mean you agree? ” Kingston asked.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

“Yes,“ Viyara replied and nodded her head a little. She felt nervous, uncertain and uneasy, but she was willing to give it a try.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

“Okay,” Janna said with a smile. Some patients were forced into therapy for one reason or another but it always went better for everyone if they choose to go through with it. “I have homework for you then. First, those tension balls. Keep one on you at all times. At your workstation, on your bedside table, in your pocket. When you’re feeling anxious, stressed or angry, squeeze on it.”

“Okay,” Viyara nodded, weighing the balls once more in her hands.

“Two, I want you to keep a journal, if you don’t already. And I want you to write down when those feelings of anger, or anxiety, or even happiness comes up. Anything strong enough to notice. Track your mood and write down what you were doing or thinking right before. I especially want you to make a note of anytime you harm yourself, even if it doesn’t leave much of a mark. We’re not going to do anything with it just yet. Just make observations the way a scientist would. Get curious about your own feelings. Name them, or the thing closest to what you think it was.”

At the mentioning of a journal, Viyara pulled slightly back, physically and mentally, as her mind went to the journal she had been keeping most of her life. The one she used to carry with her wherever she went so no one would find it. The one that now lived hidden in her quarters. But she nodded nevertheless. For what Janna was asking of her sounded logical and like something she’d be able to to.

“We’ll meet tomorrow in my office, at 1300 hours. Bring your notes and an open mind,” Kingston said softly with an encouraging smile.

~Janna Kingston, CNS

“Okay,” Viyara said again. After a brief moment of silence she looked Janna straight in the eyes and added, “Thank you Counsellor.”

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

Holding Viyara’s gaze, Janna was unapologetic in her openness. “You’re welcome. We’ll find a way through this together, one step at a time. For now, focus on the small things being asked of you. And get some rest… you’re going to need it.”

~Janna Kingston, CNS

Viyara took a deep breath, held it, nodded and then slowly exhaled. Rising to her feet, she said, “I’d like to stay here for a little while before I return to my quarters.” She didn’t ask for permission. It was a simple statement of fact. It felt right to stay and do something physical. So that was what she was going to do.

~Ensign Nazeen, Scientist

Kingston looked over the beautiful landscape. “I don’t blame you, it’s incredible.” She pushed herself to her feet. “Enjoy it. and don’t forget your homework. I’ll see you tomorrow at thirteen hundred,” she said before turning and heading for the door.

But before she left, Janna turned back. “And Viyara? Do yourself a kindness and be gentle with yourself.”

Janna slipped out of the holodeck and once in the corridor, blew out a breath. She knew she had to head to her office to not only make extensive notes but come up with a plan. This was going to be a long-term process but she knew if Viyara could meet her in the middle, she would find herself on a wonderful path forward in her life.

~Janna Kingston, CNS


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