Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session

Posted April 17, 2021, 5:51 a.m. by Ensign Iyun Riani (Scientist) (Silke Fahl)

Posted by Ensign Dr. Mariah Lee Grayson (Psychiatrist) in Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session

Posted by Ensign Iyun Riani (Scientist) in Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session

Posted by Ensign Dr. Mariah Lee Grayson (Psychiatrist) in Side Sim: SB 157 Holodeck - 1st Therapy Session
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For a moment, Mariah let silence fall between them. Although she didn’t understand what she had triggered in the young scientist, she recognized something more was going on. When the silence wasn’t held by her companion, she offered quietly, “Was it something I said?” Grayson wouldn’t normally assume responsibility like that, but in this case, she wasn’t sure what she may have elicited.

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

Ria looked up a little startled; surprised by Mariah’s question and the woman’s apparent worry that she had done something wrong. Shaking her head quickly, Ria replied, “No, I just … I miss my family and I get homesick easily.” Dropping her gaze again, she chewed on her lower lip for a moment before adding, “Thinking of those programs … makes me happy, but also very sad.” With her eyes still fixed on the floor she waited for Mariah’s reaction and reply.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

“Thank you for sharing that with me,” Mariah replied to Iyun’s bowed head. “When you share what you’re thinking and feeling, it helps me get to know you better and it helps me to understand how I might help you feel a bit more at ease. I want you to know, however, there’s nothing wrong with who you are and what you feel.”

~Doctor Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

Lifting her head just enough to peer up at Mariah, Ria smiled ever so slightly. “Okay. Thank you,” she replied softly and after a short pause asked a little hesitantly, “Which program should we pick?”

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

Grayson was tempted to place the choice in the young scientist’s hands, but decided it was more important to build rapport rather than jump right to other therapeutic interventions. “How about we let the computer choose which program to run at random? That way, it will be a small surprise for me and for you as well. First “of course, Grayson knew it wouldn’t be as much of a surprise for the young woman, but that was by design. She hoped by eliminating the anxiety associated with having to make a choice, but still making sure the possibilities were familiar, she had a better opportunity to connect with Iyun.

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

After a very brief moment of hesitation, Ria nodded and after taking a deep breath, said softly, =/\= Computer, chose a holodeck program at random from Iyun 1, 2 or 3 and then start the program. =/\= The computer made a soft chirping sound and then replied =/\= Program started. =/\= Looking over at Mariah, she wondered if she should go first or if she would or if they should walk in together. But she wanted to be braver, so she faced the door again and with her eyes closed took a step forward till she heard the door hiss as it opened. She wasn’t even sure why she was afraid. Those were her programs after all and she liked all three of them.

When the door opened Mariah would see the bustling promenade on Deep Space Nine. With it’s shops and restaurants. The Bajoran temple. And people from all corners of, maybe not the whole galaxy, but there were a lot a different races present.

As she heard the familiar sounds of the space station and the mix or voices and languages, Ria opened her eyes and soft smile played across her face.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

Mariah took a moment just to simply observe the young scientist prepare to enter her program. The fact she was willing to take the lead was a good sign, but Grayson imagined it still probably wasn’t easy for her to share this part of herself. The psychiatrist got the distinct impression her patient wasn’t used to sharing any part of herself very comfortably.

It didn’t take Mariah long to follow behind her, and to her surprise, she found herself on the very busy promenade of the station she recognized as Deep Space Nine. Grayson couldn’t recall being here in person, but the place was rather famous. More than anything, Grayson was interested to see what ex found enjoyable about this . “This is amazing,” Grayson explain as she looked left and right. “Where should we go first?”

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

The smile on Riani’s face widened a little and she seemed to relax. Not terribly much, but enough that it would be noticeable to Mariah’s well trained eye. Pointing towards the upper level of the Promenade, she asked, “Have you ever seen the Bajoran wormhole open? We could have a look. Or I could show you around the promenade or the science labs?” Of course she knew that this was simply a holoprogram, but it still felt like being home again to her. This was were she had grown up. The place she knew best and despite a certain amount of unpredictability and uncertainty it was still one of the two places she always felt safest.

~Ensign Iyun, Scientist

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