Miranda is a 28-year-old married, heterosexual woman, who comes to the family service agency seeking support following the recent death of her mother. Miranda complains of feeling sad every day, having difficulty sleeping and having difficulty parenting her three children, Marta age 8, Jose age 5, and Teresa age 3. Miranda and her family moved here from South America six years ago, as her husband found employment with a trucking company that paid significantly more money than he could earn in South America. Miranda’s mother moved with them and was living with Miranda, her husband, and her children when she died. Miranda’s mother was diagnosed with stage 4, metastasized lung cancer 8 months ago. Her death one month prior to Miranda’s initial appointment was surprising to Miranda as she had hoped that the treatment would work and would result in remission.
Miranda reports with pride that her elder daughter Marta is doing well in second grade. She describes her as a good girl who helps around the house and helps Miranda care for the younger children. Jose is currently attending preschool. Miranda reports some concerns about his behaviour as preschool teachers have been expressing concern to her that he may have ADHD. He is often in trouble at school and has difficulty following directions and focusing on simple tasks such as drawing pictures and listening during story circles. She reports that her relationship with her husband is good and that he is a good man, but that he is frequently away from home due to his job, which sometimes requires that he transport materials across the state. He is sometimes away from home for 2 or 3 nights in a row.
Miranda presents as very sad and tearful. She is seeking some relief from her sadness and some way to cope with the general stress of her current life circumstances.