Lisa was referred to the CAPIT program by the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) because of emotional abuse of her 6-year-old daughter resulting from an incident of domestic violence with her significant other in the presence of her child. She arrived at the program office seeking individual therapy for anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. During the initial assessment, she also disclosed that she suffered from her own emotional and physical abuse as a child, which she feared would influence her ability to raise her daughter.
Coping skills and mindfulness exercises over the next few months helped reduce her anxiety and depression levels. Her clinician also assisted her in processing her own child abuse trauma, which resulted in reducing the intensity and frequency of serious behavioral and emotional symptoms. As her self-esteem improved, so did her performance at work. In fact, she even received a promotion. At the end of her treatment with the program, she reported that relationships with her family members improved considerably and she was able to take pride in her role as a mother. Lisa’s case with DCFS closed shortly thereafter. We congratulate her on her accomplishments and wish her continued success!