Transcript of 1st Session between Charles Balis, M.D. and Ms. Nina Alvidrez, Thursday, June 25, 1998 at 10:00 am.

Dr. Balis: Hello, you must be Nina Alvidrez. I didn't realize you were standing there. Please forgive my lack of attention. Please come in.
Ms. Alvidrez: Hello.
Dr. Balis: Won't you please have a seat?
Ms. Alvidrez: Um, okay. Where?
Dr. Balis: I'm sorry? I can't hear you.
Ms. Alvidrez: Where would you like me to sit?
Dr. Balis: Wherever you feel the most comfortable, Ms. Alvidrez.
Ms. Alvidrez: Thank you. Nina. Please call me Nina.
Dr. Balis: Okay, Nina. I'm pleased to meet you. How may I help you?
Ms. Alvidrez: Um.
Dr. Balis: Yes?
Ms. Alvidrez: Well, my mom thinks you can help me.
Dr. Balis: How so, Nina?
Ms. Alvidrez: She wants me to keep my job.
Dr. Balis: I see. Where do you work?
Ms. Alvidrez: At SII. I work with my mother.
Dr. Balis: What do you do?
Ms. Alvidrez: I'm just a secretary.
Dr. Balis: Have you worked there long?
Ms. Alvidrez: Just a month.
Dr. Balis: Do you work directly with your mother?
Ms. Alvidrez: No, she has a good job working for Mr. Majors...sorry, I mean Mr. Major. She has been working for him for a long time. She arranged for my job.
Dr. Balis: That was nice of her. Do you enjoy working near your mother?
Ms. Alvidrez: Oh yes. Mama is so wonderful. She is always so happy. She is like a little bird--she's always singing and flitting around.
Dr. Balis: You seem quite fond of your mother.
Ms. Alvidrez: Yes. I love her very much. I'm not her favorite, though.
Dr. Balis: You have siblings?
Ms. Alvidrez: Yes, my sister Maria is the oldest. Then there's my sister Alba, then me, and then my brother Rico--he's the youngest.
Dr. Balis: Nina, would you tell me about your job? What do you do there? How do you like it?
Ms. Alvidrez: Um, I answer the phone for Mr. Utterman and handle his correspondence. I filter out the sales calls and direct them to the proper sales person. I do other things like typing and filing. Mr. Utterman doesn't like me very much. I think I make too many mistakes and that upsets him.
Dr. Balis: You think you make too many mistakes?
Ms. Alvidrez: Yes. This is my first real job, and it's real important to Mama that I do well. But...
Dr. Balis: Why do you think it is so important to your mother?
Ms. Alvidrez: I want to make her proud of me.
Dr. Balis: Yes. But that's not what you said. Why is it important to your mother that you do well? Is she...
Ms. Alvidrez: Um, Doctor Balis?
Dr. Balis: Yes?
Ms. Alvidrez: I'd like to go now. I don't really think this is a good idea.
Dr. Balis: Why is that?
Ms. Alvidrez: I just...I have a hard time with new people, and you make me nervous. I'm sorry! I didn't mean to insult you. See? I just end up putting my foot in my mouth and making things worse all the time.
Dr. Balis: Don't worry about insulting me, Nina. I'm a very easy-going person. I understand that sometimes a first therapy session is very hard for people. It's not always easy to meet new people, therapists in particular; it can often be scary. But we can take it very slowly and go at your pace. So let's give it another try. Okay?
Ms. Alvidrez: I don' it scary for you, too?
Dr. Balis: Sometimes it is. But I remind myself that once I get past the hard part of meeting a person, I can anticipate learning new things from them. You can think of new friendships as adventures.
Ms. Alvidrez: Adventures?
Dr. Balis: Well, just think of all the things you can learn from a new person. By spending time together, you can share with another person who you are and they can share with you.
Ms. Alvidrez: Hmm. That is an interesting way of looking at it.
Dr. Balis: I would like for you to come back again next week so we can continue working together. Okay?
Ms. Alvidrez: Next week? Oh, no! I couldn't do that.
Dr. Balis: I see. Why don't we schedule an appointment for every other week then? It will be just one hour every two weeks. That's all right, isn't it?
Ms. Alvidrez: I guess I can do that.
Dr. Balis: Wonderful. How about this same time, but two weeks from now, okay?
Ms. Alvidrez: All right. But I really do need to go now, Doctor Balis.
Dr. Balis: Okay. But in the future, we will need to finish a full session. That's one hour, all right?
Ms. Alvidrez: Okay. Goodbye.
Dr. Balis: Goodbye, Nina.
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