Hi scattered.... my children were in counselling for years. with children they are more careful I think, but I know with one daugher they were able to get a lot out... she drew pictures which were very telling... she would react of course, usually on the way home on the bus, or at home. It was always so traumatic for her... but the psychiatrist explained that "it " has to come out in one form or another... otherwise it will control your behavior, reactions, mental health, physical health for the rest of your life. She said that there was no way AROUND it... just through it! My daughter is 18 now and well aware of her triggers and knows where NOT to let her mind go... she stops herself when her thinking becomes negative and for the most part is very happy. She still has a bit of trouble being alone but she is working on that. She has a beautiful daughter and good partner so I know she will be all right.
My other daughter on the other hand... never let anything out. She was sooo guarded that the psychiatrist only saw glimpses of her abuse and inner struggle . She is 19 now. Still very much "in control" but is not well. She sleeps , sleeps and sleeps... she is much better than she used to be , but I think her mind may not connect with her anxiety , but her body remembers and she is ill , sore all over, etc...
I think that 6 weeks isn't enough... and I can't imagine the psychiatrist opening this up for you without having some idea of where she is going in the next 4 weeks. I think most of the work will be left to you after your 4 sessions are up. Keep a journal... it may help to track your progress even when you feel there might not be any. Reading back, you may realize how far you've come. I couldn't do the therapy thing... but my journals have shown just how much I have changed and adapted over the years and just how much I have grown.
Much love and prayers
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.