hi! so we went and met with-the cbt specialist today for our intake appointment. overall he said difficult child is very sick. he said her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is very extreme, as is anxiety and than the neurobiological component of being on the spectrum (bipolar). so, he said she's also very depressed, in avoidance mode and non responsive etc. he said in order for me to help her you have to be in each session with-us. i have to teach you cbt so you can do it at home with her. he said this is going to be a very large undertaking. 24/7 we have to work on rewiring her brain. he said she'll always be who she is yet she needs tools to help her cope, she needs rewiring to change her perception of the world, etc. he's smart, blunt, to the point, sarcastic sense of humor. right up my alley. so next friday the work begins. he said in no way does this kid belong back in school. he said ill battle the school for you and handle cps caling me to verify who you are and what your about. he said you have run the gammet with her yet he strongly thinks if we can get her to adhere to this she'll feel some relief in about 4 mos. when she listed her worries it was so severe and overwhelming Occupational Therapist (OT) listen to. it was more than i had thought. it was good she antid up though. he doesnt' think shes' pyschotic thought process it's just all very distorted due to her sickness. he asked about background etc. told him about ex h and also about my diagnosis's. he said do you take medications for your Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? i said no. i can manage except when it's my husband lol. he revs me up and i chip away at it 24/7. i said and i do obsess about difficult child's illness yet its proven to be effective because i'm a strong advocate for her. so he laughed and said yes it can be a blessing and than challenging. yet i do not have the unfound or unrealistic fear piece that she has. it's only happened to be a few times where i've had unrealistic fears present. than i redirect strong and it disappates. so we'll c we have to try to afford him each week moving forward. she hated each minute of it. i just hope she let's it work. he made it sound crucial to her future and overall wellness.