Case Study: Differential Diagnosis the Patient

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[. . .] C. Counseling: The goals of psychotherapy are to identify any underlying hopeless and fearful thoughts, assist the patient overcoming feelings of loss of control and goal planning, setting self-management goals and following through on them.

D. Therapeutic techniques would include but not be limited to:

1. Cognitive Restructuring: Challenging behaviour and dysfunctional thoughts from a number of different viewpoints. Areas of concentration include but are not limited to: cognitions/feelings about past trauma; cognitions/feelings about relationships, her husband, and how she views these; views of the world and others; self-worth, self-efficacy; others as need to be addressed in therapy. Use a combination of CBT and dynamic methods such as redirecting, using transference, and dream interpretation to assist here.

2. Gradual Exposure and Mental Imagery Program: During the course of treatment utilizing relaxation skills, imagery, and discussion transference issues.

3. Teaching relaxation techniques and breathing exercises.

E. Relationship counseling. If possible and if the client agrees, couples therapy might also be beneficial in this case. However, given the controlling nature of the husband it appears that he might not be agreeable to this. Therefore, in line with cognitive restructuring it is important to understand her conceptualization of how the relationship she is in is structured, why she allows herself to be controlled and manipulated, and how she can address this in the context of her cultural background and personal experience.

Treatment Goals

Goals for treatment should be formulated in conjunction with the patient. Preliminary treatment goals include:

1. Resume normal activity levels at home and in social situations. Return to employment if desired.

2. Return to taking prescribed medications.

3. Discuss and implement a strategy for dealing with her husband. Review patient's wants and needs and assist patient.

4. Build self-esteem to a healthy level.

5. Communicate effectively.

6. Maintain relationships.

7. Continue therapy until goals are met.


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