Case Study of Logotherapy Dee, is a 34 year-old, single, white female, who lives in the Midwest. She works as a group home supervisor for head-injured adults. She has recently lost her father (please be specific I am assuming her father died), ended a domestic relationship (did she end it, the partner or was it a mutual decision?), and has taken a leave of absence in order to "get herself together" after experiencing conflicts at her job.
Dee initially comes to therapy as a requirement of getting her request for a three- month family leave of absence approved. Dee says that she is experiencing hopelessness, outbursts of anger and frustration over what she describes as "little things, like other people driving too slow, a broken shoe, or the computer messing up." She says, "I feel so bad because even though I don't act like this in front of other people, I even scare my dog! But I just can't help it, and it's getting worse." She adds, "Especially when I drink." Dee feels "overwhelmed with everything," and she says, "I don't see the point of anything right now." She has been approved for a family leave due to the death of her father. Although seeing a therapist was initially a requirement, Dee, wants to continue the therapy once a week until her leave is over.
Existentially oriented psychotherapy might be ideal for Dee. However, in light of her self reported drinking, the therapist asks how often Dee engages in drinking, in order to determine whether or not this is a critical issue. Dee reports that she finds herself drinking mostly with friends, about once per week. Dee reports further, "But when I do go out, it depends. Sometimes, like if I'm drinking to get drunk, things really do get out of hand because I'll drive that way or I'll make a scene sometimes." The therapist asks Dee to elaborate and when she does, the therapist addresses her own reactions to the issue directly. The therapist expresses
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