Sunday, 8th December 2019

Years of therapy unravelled in three-minute conversation with nephew

A WOMAN’S years of positive therapeutic work have been completely undone in one short conversation with her four-year-old nephew.

Nikki Hollis, aged 31, is now experiencing a combination of body dysmorphia, anxiety and depression following aggressive questioning from her sister’s son Noah.

She said: “I only popped in to deliver a birthday present. But the psychological abuse I’ve suffered has me back weeping in the playground surrounded by jeering bullies again.

“He opened with ‘Why don’t you have a husband? Is it because you wear funny clothes? Or because your hair is so weird?’

“That was followed with ‘Mummy says it’s not your fault that you haven’t got a proper job, but I think it is. I want to make computer games so I’ll work hard at school.’

“Then he stared at my face for a full minute before saying ‘Why are your teeth that colour?’ before offering me an imaginary cup of tea then pulling it away because ‘Daddy says you drink too much’.

“I was on the phone to my therapist before I was out the door, booking an urgent appointment. She congratulated me for biting my tongue about my suspicions that Daddy isn’t his daddy at all.”