Case Study: the Suds Scale

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Question: Conduct three sessions on the suds scale:
Understanding what to look for

Introduction
This study is based on “Kathy”, an 18 year old female with a phobia of wasps and bees. She has no other health problems physical or mental. Kathy had been stung three times on three separate occasions in the past and has developed a phobia of wasps and bees.

Method
The study will be three sessions; each will take approximately an hour. The suds scale (subjective units of distress scale) will be used at all three sessions. I will be using idmr (ideomotor response) in the form of a “yes “and “no” finger. Other movements will be noted and adjustment may be necessary. Session 1 will be the consultation and an explanation from me about how the three sessions will be conducted. I will then talk to Kathy about her phobia of wasps and bees and record her answers on a suds scale.

Session 2 will involve going over the suds scale again to see if she gives the same answers or if she adds new events to the scale. I will then use inductions and deepeners to put Kathy in a hypnotic state where I will talk her through the suds scale. At the close of session 2 I will give Kathy some homework that will involve the possibility of her encountering wasps or bees. Session three will start with how the homework went. I will then hypnotise Kathy and go through the suds scale again to see what progress has been made. This is the third and final session so I would also add an ego strengthening script near the end to help Kathy deal with the future.

Session 1… Date: 23.3.2013 ...Time: 10.45 hrs
At session one I conducted a consultation where I took Kathy’s details including her medical history. I then questioned her about her phobia of wasps and bees. I recorded her answers on a suds scale. See diagram (1) 100 will be when her phobia is a major problem for her and zero will be when she feels most relaxed. The rest of the scale will be filled in events that happen to make Kathy phobic about wasps and bees

Suds Scale Client: Kathy H Session No 1 Date: 23.3.2013

100A wasp or bee near me

90A wasp or bee flying around my head

80A wasp or bee flying around the room

70A wasp or bee stationary in the room

60Being next to an open window in a vehicle because of the possibility of a wasp or bee coming in

50Going past a rubbish bin

40Going past a certain bush (avoids by going around)

30Hearing a buzzing sound

20A wasp or bee in the distance coming towards me

10Being in a park and seeing a wasp or bee in the distance

The place she feels most relaxed is: In her bedroom at her computer reading stories

Session 2
This was Kathy’s second use of the suds scale. Her opinion on where events landed on the suds scale had not changed much. She had moved some of the middle events. I have indicated on diagram 2 by using red to show where she had put them last session

Diagram 2
Suds Scale Client: Kathy H Session No 2 Date: 29.3.2013

100A wasp or bee near me

90A wasp or bee flying around my head

80A wasp or bee flying around the room

70A wasp or bee stationary in the room

60Going past a rubbish bin was 50

50Being next to an open window in a vehicle because of the possibility of a wasp or bee coming in was 60

40Hearing a buzzing sound was 30

30Going past a certain bush (avoids by going around) was 40

20A wasp or bee in the distance coming towards me

10Being in a park and seeing a wasp or bee in the distance

The place she feels most relaxed is: In her bedroom at her computer reading stories

After the suds scale I explained to Kathy that I would now walk her through the scale under hypnosis and that I have included a “yes” and “no” finger. I used the “eye on hand” induction followed by the “ten to one” deepener and the...
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