Joseph Olvera has been working with Victor for over 12 years. Providing excellent, and passionate service to our kids and families. We are grateful for his contribution and asked him to share a story with us from his many years with Victor. Here's what he had to tell us:
"Upon recalling this particular client I remember driving into a picturesque neighborhood, complete with American flags perched on the eaves of every house above well manicured lawns and flower beds. I was cordially received into the home with an offering of a bottle of water and baked goodies from the parents. I felt like if I had asked for warm apple pie the mother would have responded “do you want a crumb topping or just regular, cause we have both”. As we got to know each other the parents told me about their adopted son who was now 14 and how he had never really connected with any therapist he saw, leaving most therapists to primarily work with them on how to deal with their son. They shared their hardships over the previous few years in which they “lost control” of him to due to him having another life online and preferring his time on the computer to interactions with real people and how he used to refuse to get off the computer and go to school. This power struggle ultimately resulted in the client being placed in a residential treatment facility where he felt betrayed by his parents for “leaving” him there. Since returning home they had struggled to build trust with him, set boundaries surrounding preferred activities, and help him learn to take responsibility.