JP is an 8-year-old boy who first came to therapy with his mother after being diagnosed by a psychologist with extreme anxiety and intolerance to changes. At that time his little sister was about to be born, so the psychologist asked JP´s mother to wait 6 months and see if the anxiety disappeared. At the time he began flower essence therapy, any change in his life schedule caused him to become very nervous and to bite his school jackets, sweaters and pencils to reduce the stress. He felt very insecure in social situations and rarely dared to approach a group of boys to play. He was always asking what was to be next in his activities. His mother said that sometimes he broke the house rules in order to please a friend.
The next time JP came into therapy, his mother reported he had more self-control, a positive attitude that included being happy and kind, and he was full of energy. His attitude was not aggressive anymore. He was more confident—however, he was preparing to attend a school camp and bit his jacket sleeve and destroyed it. I gave him a spray to take with him to camp to use whenever he felt fear, that way he was in control and could spray himself to regain his confidence.
At this session, the mother mentioned that JP's father is strict and yells often at his family members and that all of her children where afraid of him.
At the following session, the mother reported that JP was expressing himself by talking very much about his feelings and worries. The episodes of anxiety reduced from one per day to two per week. However, the intensity of his anxiety episodes was increased and he started to wet himself and drink too much water. While talking about his feelings, JP recognized the aim of his actions were to please his father.
I repeated the same formula and added Snapdragon to ease his biting necessity. JP likes to use the Blue Spray; his mother believes that after using it, he is more loving and kind.
JP began having a new social life at school. He became more kind and friendly. He started to be able to solve problems and to solve them without feeling stressed. The reflex to destroy and bite things also stopped. He started hugging his mother and became very loving with her. After four months of flower therapy, from November 2005 to February 2006, his teachers called the parents and asked them if JP was under some kind of therapy, because he was totally changed in a good way. When the parents told the teachers about the flower essence therapy, the school advised them to continue with it.
JP's progression of drawings throughout the course of our sessions—
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