Veteran seen becoming more despondent in group over last three weeks has an individual session. We have good rapport.
Veteran reports ending his life is his only option given his increasing disability.
The magnitude of his pain and fear of a return to addiction after having kicked heroine years ago; the extent of his financial worry; his inability to “be the man” for his family; loss of physical mobility; his doubt the VA would change his disability rating to allow him 100% support; and the impossibility of his having a retirement as he had always hoped all deepened his despair. He didn’t see his life “working out”.
After information gathering for 10 more minutes, I offered/explained the rewind process. Veteran’s rewind “beginning” was from learning the facts of his physical decline to “now”, our session. During the process the veteran cried and spoke. He nodded he was deeply relaxed throughout. I included future memories; physical pain reduction through decreased depression; improved sleep; strength and courage through change, and spiritual connection he’d spoken of. I did not add a story.
It took the veteran a while to become fully present. He shared how happy he was on the boat he was relaxing on, how good he presently felt. Then he enthusiastically announced, “I’m going to make that call” with a bright look on his face. He reported feeling assured and happy. He was clear and oriented when we walked to the outside together.
Discovering his cell phone on the office floor several hours later, I called him. He returned to pick it up. I was concerned he’d feel either put upon or embarrassed. Instead he was happy and laughing. I will see him in group next week.