"He likes you. More than he seems to like me at the moment." Ivan commented.
"Yeah I met him once before. Didn't even look at me," Lilya commented. Offered the girl a grin. "I think it's a good gift. Canine loyalty is a marvelous thing. A good thing." She smiled to the girl. Stood, and walked back over to Rom. Nodded that they should probably go.
"I don't know, but it's quite possible." Chance nodded with a crooked grin, returning the kiss, softly.
"Time's up," The therapist stated, finally.
"Mrs Sorokina, I would like it if you would come back in again on Friday's session. And Chance is going to have homework on Wednesday. For today, I think what you have going for you right now? This conversation? Keep it going. Keep the light mood. It'll be good for both of you." She smiled softly and moved to turn off her recorder, and remove the SD card, to go put it back in Chance's file. She would transcribe later.
She got the woman a box of tissues, and moved to sit on the couch, but not directly next to the woman. "Here..."
"I want you to understand, Mrs. Sorokina, that to my understanding, you did everything right. Including removing your husband from the household. He would not have gotten help, because he didn't realize what he stood to lose, and he didn't fully understand the scope of the damage he was causing. He has been making a conscious effort, because he understands what he did was wrong, now. His anger has been a side effect of years and years of pent up grief.
"He was angry with the world, and he took that out on you. It's up to him to talk to you about that, though. I suggest you let him. I think it would be therapeutic for both of you to start to open up lines of communication in a safe and private manner.
"That can be in an office, if it makes you feel safer, or it can be at home. I only get one side of the coin, Mrs. Sorokina, I don't know your full perspective, and I certainly don't know your husband the way you do. But you should know that he is making an honest effort, and that's not something I would say lightly. Earlier in the year I had him institutionalized twice. He's going to need to continue therapy for another couple of years.
"And if you're not seeing anyone yourself, I would highly recommend it, and for your son. Even if it's a family group session say, once a month, and individuals every two weeks for a couple of months. I think it would help. Even if you continue with the divorce, and probably even more important in that, I feel you should talk to someone. Because you are carrying blame, and you shouldn't be.
"You could not have predicted what happened. The police report says it was influenced by fast driving and bad weather. From a medical standpoint the only thing that saved your husband's life in that accident was the fact he was drunk. That accident, could have been had sober. In which his body would have tensed, and it would have likely killed him.
"But he lived. He lived and he has to live with the consequences of his own actions. He is an adult, and he made choices. He made the choice to drink and drive. You did not make that choice for him. I want you to understand that. Chance made bad choices, and they are not your fault, and you have helped him. You are helping him, now.
"The past is in the past and it is something we as wolves cannot change. But we can change our futures to be what we want them to be. We get to choose the people we keep in our lives. It's not easy, it's messy, but we do the best we can. Right?"
The woman had a calm presence and a soothing--if accented--voice. She spoke slow and gently, as if she was truly tasting her words and thinking about them before she spoke them.
"He takes that time of year hard. From one car accident to another. He hates talking about it, and honestly I'm surprised he drives at all. A lot of time with that kind of trauma, even with his eidetic memory, it's possible he may not remember that night at all. Which, could also be part of the trauma, because he can remember so much else. He has rehashed some pretty nasty arguments. At first with belligerence, later, as he's sobered up, with a great deal of regret. Never self-defending. He's not blamed you once.
"One of our first sessions he spoke about how you had tried to get him on medication and it didn't help, and that you tried to get him to go to therapies and he would refuse. After your separation, he signed into a program. That program connected him to myself, Doctors Daniel Sullivan and Leslie Anderson. Chance has recounted feeling useless and worn down the year prior to the accident. When he lost his publishing contract, and the legal fight he pursued and lost following that. From his perspective, that year is when things started to go wrong. Would you agree or disagree with his self-assessment?"