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Thank you for your prompt reply. I am aware that this student might have an anxiety issue and I have put in a lot of effort into rapport building. However, during the past few sessions, I was unable to detect any signs of anxiety. My difficulty is getting her to talk to me and unless that is achieved, I may not be able to use the any counselling approach including CBT approach. I am familiar with CBT. Medication is out as I am not a medical doctor but I will consider referring to one. It would be very helpful if you can share with me some intervention strategies which I can try out in my next few sessions.
Thank you. I have to go and will come back to this station in the evening.
I was also doubtful with the psychologist's assessment but then it was a professional assessment. Yes, she exhibits SM in the classroom, in the canteen, in the playing areas (these are the areas where I can observe her behaviour). She eats by herself, walks about by herself during recess, has no friends to chat with, etc but I understand that she speaks normally at home with her parents and siblings which fits into the picture of a classic SM. Actually, I was searching for ideas like stimulus fading, desensitization etc. I think I need to read up more on this subject before I can ask relevant questions. Thank you Dr Oslsen for your time and suggestions. I will work with this kid for a while more and see what are her issues. I may get back to you if I need your help again. Thank you.