A Case Study: Existential Therapy
Grand Canyon University: PCN-500
A Case Study: Existential Therapy
After meeting with Anna and following her initial evaluation I have decided that it would be in her best interest to draw upon the concepts of the Existential theory. Using the ideas behind Existential Therapy we will move towards creating a good therapist and client relationship. We will then work together to bring Anna’s consciousness and unconsciousness to a place of psychological balance. Anna will explore herself from within her memories, thoughts, and perceptions to go beyond her limited self- awareness. Our focus will be on “what” her current issues are at this time find the possible causes explore thought patterns, reflect, and look at different ways to perceive situations changing thought patterns and behaviors thus resolving the current “What” or disturbance presently troubling Anna’s life. Anna will use exploration and client led talking techniques to reveal any reoccurring thoughts, behaviors, or emotions to signify a pattern and correlation of thought with her present. Although we are using methods that look at past memories, emotions, and behaviors we are not focusing on the “why” of her current disturbances and not even the current behaviors, emotions, or reactions that are hindering her choices and control in her life needed for her to have a more positive self-image. Anna then can create purpose for life situations through good thoughts which will support a more meaningful and spiritual growth. She will be asking herself questions such as “Who am I?” and “What is the purpose of life?” By exploring these questions, gaining a better understanding of self, then reflecting upon them we anticipate that she will find new perspective and awareness about herself, that can relieve her from the psychological distress with which she is currently suffering from. (Murdock, 2012) How it will be used in the counseling process for client
Our objective is to get Anna to share information about her current life situations and also her past experiences, her recollections from her childhood, her memories. We will work together as therapist and client to explore all of Anna’s how does she view her relationships with others, her environment, and how she views herself. Anna will share information about both her past and present situations, and how she reacted to such incidences at the time, and how she is currently reacting to her present situations in life. Together we will work at finding patterns and repetitious behaviors, looking for the causes of any reoccurring behaviors or thoughts. Any anxieties she comes across will be explored for fears of isolation, loneliness, and death. Anna will learn to except life for what it is in healthier ways, and to take responsibility and control of her life by changing her self-perceptions and reactions to her environment and other peoples influence. Anna will be reflecting upon her memories, and about how these experiences made her feel along with how she is currently feeling about her present life situations. Anna and I, will discuss how she copes in stressful times. (Sue 1987) All this technique of talk, exploration, discovery, analysis, and reflection will work to get Anna to own her freedom without fear, as the one responsible and in control of her own development through her healthy thoughts and actions of her will. She will find meaning of herself and life and develop new thoughts and behaviors that are encouraging, thus allowing her to be “true to herself”. Anna will find enrichment, and renewed energy that will enliven her to where she will find her moral and meaning and purpose in life. I chose the Existential and behaviorist theory and to use its methods of therapy in Anna’s case study over the other theories, because she was a good candidate for a successful outcome in treatment....
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