The Suicide On The World Trade Center Occurred

1394 WordsOct 22, 20156 Pages
For as long as I can remember, I have been driven to help others in stressful life situations. While I was in elementary school, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center occurred. Following the devastating event, I found myself experiencing separation anxiety from my parents since they were both working in New York City only a few blocks away from the attack. Upon the advice of my teacher, I visited the school counselor regularly for a few months. She was extremely understanding and patient. She helped me to understand my fears and to successfully overcome them. She gave me worksheets and breathing exercises to practice at home. With each session, I felt unconditional support and comfort. I benefited greatly from our sessions, and to…show more content…
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