Today I met Mark.
I introduced myself when Mark opened the door and he summoned me inside, avoiding eye contact and turning his back on me. He headed straight for his chair in the living room that I believed he had just come from. I asked if it was OK for me to sit down, he said it was, but still did not make eye contact.
After I sat down I could feel a little tension in the air, so I introduced myself and gave Mark a little background about myself, which seemed to ease the tension as Mark slowly started chatting to me about banking and business, which led the conversation on to the current news in regards to the political European Referendum. He still avoided eye contact with me, but I could sense that he was becoming more relaxed.
I decided to let Mark run with the conversation and I am glad I did as after a little time the conversation changed to his past and his trouble with past support workers. He started to tell me about himself, his family, and how he feels sometimes towards other people in regards to his anxiety, I was exceptionally happy that Mark trusted me and felt relaxed talking to me.
The hour with Mark flew by and I ended staying a little longer as he got a little emotional and I felt it wasn’t fair on him to just get up and leave. In the last 15 minutes of our conversation he started making eye contact with me, which absolutely made my day, as knowing how he was when he first let me in; to that point where I felt I was gaining his trust was truly remarkable
It is moments like these that I envisaged would take a long time for me to experience. I consider myself a very lucky person today.
Thanks a million for giving me this opportunity
Relief Support Worker