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Psychodymic Approach


Name: Abby R. Gender: Female Age: 57

Ethnicity: African-American Religion: Baptist, not practicing

Relationship Status: Married

Description of Presenting Issue:
Abby seeks counseling after her husband has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer. She tells you that she has never been able to cope well and is falling apart in response to her husband's diagnosis two months ago. She spends most of her time in bed crying, has been sleeping and eating little, even though she is exhausted and losing weight rapidly, and is certain that her husband will die of the disease. She feels very guilty that she is not able to accompany her husband to medical appointments and give him support, but she says that would "send me over the edge." She also blames herself for her husband's illness. She thinks that if she had cooked healthier meals and been a happier person, her husband would not have developed cancer. Although Abby is currently feeling worse than she has ever felt, she tells you that she was never a happy person. Life, at least since she became an adult, has just been putting one foot after another and doing what she was supposed to do. She always had little energy, feelings of low self-esteem, and hopelessness. She cannot remember any lengthy times when she felt differently. She believes that everyone around her is having a more rewarding life than she is, and this makes her feel even worse because her life has been a comfortable one and, as Abby sees it, she has no reason to feel so blue.

Occupation History: Abby is a free-lance editor, working on technical manuals and textbooks. She works part time, taking fewer jobs since her husband's medical diagnosis.

Education History: Abby received her bachelorâ??s degree in literature. She considered getting her masterâ??s degree, but did not pursue this once she decided to get married. She has taken several continuing education courses at the local college.

Medical History: Abby suffers from migraine headaches, which started in her late twenties and have become worse in the last decade. Currently, she reports headaches 2â?"3 times per month. She has tried a variety of prescription and non-prescription medication, none of which is particularly effective.

Family History: Abby is the third of six children. She has three brothers and two sisters. Her father (deceased) was a contractor, and her mother was a homemaker. She reports a very close relationship with her mother, but describes her relationship with her late father as strained. She sees her siblings once in a while, none of whom live within a close distance.

Alcohol / Substance Use: Abby drinks 2â?"3 times per week, 1â?"2 drinks per occasion. She does not smoke, nor use any illegal substances.

QUESTION:a brief summary of the strengths and weaknesses of using a psychodynamic approach in working with Abby. Provide evidence to support your decision.

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QUESTION:a brief summary of the strengths and weaknesses of using a psychodynamic approach in working with Abby. Provide evidence to support your decision.

One strength cited in the Adlerian approach to therapy is its flexibility and integrative nature. Several studies are presented in the literature that allows for a variety of cognitive, behavioral and experiential techniques (e. g., Disque & Bitter, l998; Bitter, 2004). For example, according to Disque and Bitter, Adlerian therapy can be easily integrated with a Gestalt approach, because both are focused on concepts such as "holism, awareness, and the present moment referred to as the "here and now" (p. 358). Corey (2005) cites strength associated with Adlerian therapy in that the therapy can be used in a brief format, or time-limited therapy. Adlerian therapy has a psycho educational focus, a present and ...

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This soluiton examines strengths and weakness inherent in the psychodynamid approach from the perspective from a specific case study