Therapy Process Examples

These examples offer you a brief glimpse into how I work and the kind of results I can provide.


Situation:

Married teacher in her forties suffering with lifelong high anxiety and low self esteem which prevented her from enjoying life. She lost sleep and tortured herself worrying over work assignments and presented herself as a “doormat”.

Problem:

Client was unconsciously blaming herself for a tragic accident in her childhood. Her anxiety covered over the terrible internalized guilt which prevented a healthy mourning for the loss she had suffered.

Therapeutic task and outcome:

Client learned to observe and attend to her anxiety symptoms, and to set healthy limits with others. She was able to access the lost memories which held the key to her liberation from guilt. Realizing that she could not have prevented this tragedy, she was able to mourn her loss and go on to enjoy her richly rewarding life.


Situation:

Recovering alcoholic and addict was despondent and suicidal subsequent to a romantic break-up.

Problem:

Extreme self neglect and self abuse had become a substitute for healthy self care. Unconscious rage and grief over early childhood abuse and neglect was being directed at the self and re enacted rather than faced directly.

Therapeutic task and outcome:

Client was able to access and develop a deep compassion for his pain and suffering and to redirect his energies toward self enhancement rather than self punishment. [/tab]


Situation:

Scholar in his thirties could not get over the sudden death of his father. He was depressed, angry and anxious and unable to enjoy life. His significant accomplishments brought him no joy or pride.

Problem:

Unresolved anger toward his father was being directed toward the self. An unhealthy identification with father was active, robbing the patient of a sense of legitimacy and confidence in his abilities.

Therapeutic task and outcome:

After facing the rage and grief toward father he was able to separate, mourn and resolve to move on with his life. Instead of self doubt, patient gained a solid sense of himself and his capacities for a healthy joyous life.


Situation:

A professional woman in her thirties presented feeling deadened in her marriage and unable to determine the cause of her discontent and numbness.

Problem:

Early adaptive accommodation to a mentally ill parent had resulted in habits of denial, dissociation, dismissal of her pain and fear and learned helplessness. Client was left without access to her true feelings and wishes. She was sleepwalking through her life.

Therapeutic task and outcome:

Client was able to quit the use of her previous no longer useful coping strategies and learned to take herself and her feelings seriously for the first time. She was able to gain a sense of freedom and exhilarating selfhood from which to live her life.

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