– Can I take a picture of you?
– Oh, no-no-no …
– You look good! Let’s take a photo together with the whole group?
– I don’t know, somehow it’s not convenient. I don’t like to be photographed, I always look bad… (starts to run away).
– Well, then tell me about your group sessions. Is this the “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” program?
– I am very satisfied! After leaving the war line, I was shaking, and everything was foggy. I came to the group meeting and I was asked to fill out a questionnaire. But I was confused, I don’t know what to write. The “Butterfly” technique that we learned helped me. And the horrible sounds in my head, especially at night, I could not sleep. Explosions, screams. I also overcame it. You see, I’m telling you this and I’m not crying, and I couldn’t do that before… I’m not a crying person, usually. Our group instructors are our teachers. They taught me how to calm down and put my thoughts in order. And those horrible sounds also ceased and disappeared from my head.
This is a piece of a conversation between the lead psychologist of our “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project, Iryna Sukhova, with Olena, a member of the “Children and War. Teaching Recovery Techniques” therapy group, who was evacuated from Mariupol to Drohobych, Lviv region. And this is a common situation – adults (unlike children) do not want to be photographed, but they kindly provide feedback. Moreover, they recommend the therapy course to their friends because it helped them. Here is some feedback from the therapy group participants, Eugenia from Kyiv, Lilia from Melitopol and Mykyta from Kharkiv.
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