The sessions were a great learning too to aid classroom discussion. Although acting out scenarios with my neighbors is effective, I may still be practicing something wrong. Or during a lecture, my mind may slip due to misunderstanding or distraction. However, the videos allowed me to analyze them to see certain skills in practice, to determine what is wrong, and most importantly to see how therapy sessions change overtime. The series shows concepts that could not have been expressed as well as they were in the movie, in the classroom through the use of notes. Also, based on what I have acquired in my psychology class and effective speaking, the stimulation of a pictures and noise on a television is better than the use of a power point during a lecture.
In the beginning of the sessions Sophie was really bratty, childish, out of control, and an emotional disaster. It was not until the second session that she really began to tell the story, her story. She came in emotionally blocked, refusing to accept reality, deal her problems, and acknowledge what she had done to herself and others. Even in the second session there is trust issues between Paul and Sophie because when she comes in for her sessions she says she had a fight with her mother, but it was really with her father. In the beginning there was little trust between the two and the sessions seemed awkward, most ending in Sophie threatening to leave or actually ending the session early.
As the third session begins more of her story begins to unravel. There is a sense of trust starting between the two as Sophie tells Paul about her affair with Si. Finally, she starts to admit her life is not perfect, that things are messed up, and she is caught in a mess. Paul even feels comfortable enough in this session to challenge Sophie. He tries to make her see things in a more healthy light. Sessions three is the beginning of the helping relationship, she becomes less resistant than she had been earlier. Then in session four, Sophie is week and she begins to tell the real story about what happened the night she almost killed herself. At this point she is tired and exhausted and as with most kids at this stage, she began to unravel events in a horrified manner. Due to the stress she tries to kill herself, this is a test for Paul, and he passed by saving her. From this point their dynamic changes and her therapy begins to gain serious momentum.
The next marker of Sophie and Paul’s helping relationship is when she comes in weak and vulnerable, crying about how horrible her life is. Finally, she has accepted what Paul was trying to get her to see, the reality. At this point the right story begins to come forth about her parent’s divorce and how she feels like she is the cause of everything bad happening in her life and parent’s lives and the reason for Si’s breakup with his wife. The next big break from that point is in the last session. During that session the right story is finalized and the truth...