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Therapeutic Goals for Poor Relationships

"Sarah" is a 20 year old college student who is dating a fellow student named "Brian" and states the following:
"My parent's are divorced and I am worried that the same thing will happen to me. I try really hard to make sure that Brian is happy, but my parents also tried really hard. I keep arguing with Brian because he goes out at night and won't tell me where he is going or what he is doing. Brian tells me I am stupid and should just deal with it. I just keep feeling worse about how i try to manipulate and control him. I have dated at least 3 guys prior to Brian and have had the same problem. I don't know what I want from a relationship. I think that's the problem

What therapeutic treatment goals are identified in this case? What therapeutic treatment exercises would be helpful (identify both behavioral and Gestalt exercises)?

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Actually, the therapeutic treatment goals aren't identified in the case, but enough information is given for you to formulate goals. Essentially, this assignment is asking for a treatment plan, and every good treatment plan begins with some well-defined problems. A great way to identify problems is to look at the words Sarah is using to describe her experiences. She is "worried" that she will repeat her parents' patterns. She is "feeling worse" about manipulating and controlling him. She is confused about what she wants from a relationship.

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This posting conceptualizes problems from a case scenario and identifies therapeutic goals and behavioral interventions.