This eight-year-old did not speak to anyone outside of her immediate family, not to friends, not in school, not in social activities. Her parents were distressed. The school was clueless. Then one day; approximately fifteen sessions into treatment she announced, “it’s gone” (“the anxiety”) and started talking to everyone.
I have not posted one of these clinical interviews for a while but was compelled to share this as the in-depth nature of the interview can provide clinical enlightenment for an insidious anxiety disorder that is so often misunderstood and mistreated. This interview is an empowering example of clinical efficacy via the cross training approach of the Berent Method.