Working Framework: Kelly, Part 1

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Kelly is a fifty-five year old Caucasian woman of French Canadian heritage who was born in Newbury, Massachusetts. At the age of twenty-five, she moved to Lynn where she lived until two years ago when she relocated to Worcester. She has never had children, although she did help her longtime partner raise his two sons and daughter, and she felt that his grandchildren were her grandchildren. She worked as a paralegal until she was forty-five. At that time, she went on social security disability insurance (SSDI). She reports the reason is a diagnosis of anxiety and depression. Her only income is the SSDI and modest food stamps. Kelly is well groomed and neat. She seems to enjoy dressing fashionably. Her personality is outgoing and friendly. She is single, however, was in a 20-year long relationship where she lived with a man, Will, ten years her senior. She helped him raise his three children. For the whole time they were in a relationship Will was on SSDI for a back injury he suffered years prior. She considers herself homeless, although she is staying with a friend, Patty, until she is able to find affordable housing. They live in a single family home and Patty travels a lot for her work. When Patty is away, she allows other friends to stay at the house. This often causes Kelly stress because she is not always sure who will be coming to stay or for how long they will be there. Kelly’s first contact with Pathways for Change (Pathways) was by phone. She had only been in Worcester for a few months and could not recall who referred her. At first, it was challenging to understand Kelly. Her thoughts were disjointed and she would go off on tangents making it difficult to understand what her initial needs were. She... ... middle of paper ... to who stayed at the house, for the sake of safety. Because of this dynamic, she is not always sure if Patty is reliable or trustworthy and she feels that she often has to “walk on eggshells” around her. The only therapy she has ever had was around the time of her father’s death and she felt it was time to address the incest. She saw the therapist for several years when the therapist accepted Will as a client. She felt that this was a conflict of interest, but did not want to offend the therapist who has helped her for some time. At some point she did not feel comfortable with sharing her therapist with her partner and stopped therapy altogether. She often feels alone and worries that she does not have any positive relationships in her life. Recently she has started wondering if Will is sorry for hurting her and if his children and grandchildren miss her.
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