Posted by Lieutenant Commander Daggum Hammor (Chief Operations Officer) in Holodeck 2- Therapy in Unusual Places Day 2, Part 1
Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Janna Kingston (Counsellor) in Holodeck 2- Therapy in Unusual Places Day 2, Part 1
Posted by Ensign Viyara Nazeen (Scientist) in Holodeck 2- Therapy in Unusual Places Day 2, Part 1
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Daggum looked at her and smiled a caring smile. “Hey, it happens.”
Janna regarded Viyara with a neutral expression though it certainly wasn’t unkind- her therapist’s mask reengaged for the moment. “What made you return?” she asked simply as she poured herself a cup of coffee and slid the press to Daggum.
~Janna Kingston, CNS
Viyara blinked a few times, confused by the question and (thus) uncertain how to reply. Tugging a little on the hem of her top, she finally said, “I just needed some space. Time and room to breath. And …” Her voice trailed off and she took a few breath, trying to steel herself. “I also needed to distract myself so I wouldn’t do something stupid and making things worse,” she admitted, her shoulders pulled slightly forward, her gaze fixed on the tiled floor. “I’m sorry for … for being such a broken mess.”
Kingston tilted her head and gazed at Viyara. “That’s why you fled, but I asked what made you return. Different question,” she said gently. She wasn’t going to acknowledge or validate Viyara’s negative self-image.
~Janna Kingston, CNS
Her brows knitted together, Viyara slowly lifted her head and looked at Janna. Confusion and defensiveness written all over her expression. “I needed some space. After I got that and felt a little calmer I came back. What else was there to do?” she asked a little defiantly.
The psychologist fixed Viyara with a soft gaze. “Viyara, this is not one of my tricky therapist moments. The question was simple and all you had to say was I returned because I was calmer. But even that is a symptom of something else. You did not have to come back here, but you chose to in your own time. All I’m asking you to do is pause and think over what might have changed in our time together that made you feel like you could or should return. If you don’t have an answer for it right now, that’s okay. But you’re a smart woman, you know and understand more about yourself than I think you sometimes want to admit,” she said as she sipped on her coffee and stepped out of the room, leaving the young woman with Daggum, seeking the living room and the comfy chairs and sofa.
~Janna Kingston, CNS
Daggum looked at the cup in his hands and then took a sip. “You know, she’s not wrong. You know yourself. You don’t like parts of that person… but you do know her. And that is a whole lot more than a lot of people starting this kind of thing have.” and he took a drink and then moved to leave the kitchen. “You are doing good, V. Even if it doesn’t seem like that right now… you are.” and he went into the living room and took a seat.
As she listened in silence to Janna and then Daggum and watched first one and then the other leave the kitchen, Viyara felt a lot of things all at once. So much so that she wasn’t even sure what she was feeling. Her emotions felt all over the place and very overwhelming at that moment. Walking over to the window, she looked outside without really seeing the garden on the other side of the glass. She was tempted to just stay there and wait and see if one of them would return, ask her to join them in the living room. But Janna had been right: She was generally fairly self-aware and she knew that that sort of behaviour would only hurt herself.
So after a few more moments Viyara turned around with an almost inaudible sigh and followed Janna and Daggum into the living room. After briefly looking around, she walked over to the couch and sat down in one corner of it so that her back was resting against the backrest and one of the armrests. With her knees hugged to her chest, she sat there in silence and watched the other two; waiting for either of them to say or do something.
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