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I ask, "Can you talk with Whitney? I'm a stranger, and you've come to see me about something that's very significant for your family. Maybe you can talk together, and that'll help me to know how you deal with each other."
Richard says, "I can't explain it. That's why we came here."
"In the beginning, she'd just lie to us," says Mary. "Now she's getting into trouble with other people. She never tells us the whole story. She's getting out of hand."
They're continuing to focus on Whitney, directing their remarks to me. Family members rarely accept the invitation to talk with each other at the beginning of a session, because they've come to tell me their story, and they want me to listen and respond.
I turn to Whitney and say, "Can you help me to understand what your parents are saying?"
"Well, I'll do something, and they ask me if I did it, and I deny it," she says.
"Can you give me an example?"
Her father chimes in: "A week ago, she was grounded because of her poor grades and wasn't allowed to use the phone. But I know for a fact she did use the phone."
"How did you know?" I query. "How did you become a detective? By the way, who is a better detective, you or Mary?"