The case of Kathy intrigues me. I wonder about the "puzzle pieces" and how they evolved during the sessions. What keys helped unlock the importance of certain parts of Kathy's story? What "clues" during the sessions existed that created for the therapist a sense of the importance of each piece? Kathy presented the pieces as reoccuring themes? Did her discussion of these issues differ from the other content of the sessions, either in emotional volume, reluctance to disclose, flat affect, or ? I would assume they were scattered like the bread crumbs in the forest? It never ceases to amaze me of the impact that being allowed to tell the story of ones life has on people. Often there are many false starts and roller coaster dips and turns but ultimately it is this telling that appears to provide an opportunity for the client to make connections and understand self. Last of all it seems that when Kathy provided for the emotional needs of her father that she in fact suffered a form of "abuse" from the cross-generational bonding. This inappropriate bond with her father in fact caused her to "be abandoned" as the focus of her young life was not on her needs but the needs of the adults in her life?? Once again the impact of family dynamics appears to be more important that some current thinking owns up to.