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Alison is a single, 24 year old Caucasian female. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and has just recently applied to a graduate teacher education program to begin this fall. She has been unemployed for the last four months but just recently got three part-time jobs. She is tutoring one high school student, cleaning a disabled lady’s home, and teaches a science group to elementary school students. She lives alone and states that she has felt very sad and lonely and lacks strong friendships. Six months ago, she ended a 2-year relationship with a man she described as a “friend with benefits” and were on and off, often. Alison’s family lives in Kansas, so she does not have any significant family close by. Alison has stated that she often spends weekends alone because she does not have many friends. Alison reported that the two friends she does have, are married and do not have a lot of free time to spend with her. Of the friends Alison does have, she reported not being her authentic self and often acting like she was happy and funny so others might like her.

From an early age, Alison reported that her mother was never emotionally available and she felt lonely. She was forced to give up on activities that she enjoyed, such as dancing and playing the viola, so that she could put all of her focus and energy into soccer, which was a sport she liked but not as much as other activities. Alison felt that she always had to appease her parents, and therefore had to give up on things she personally enjoyed. Alison was pressured into majoring in bioengineering and not dance or music like she would have liked and had to complete her college education in three years or her parents would not pay for it. Alison feels she has been a “puppet” for her parents and has always done things to placate them. Alison feels disconnected from her life and what she once enjoyed doing. She is confused and frustrated because...
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