Case Study client details:
Male client 28 years old. Presenting to therapist with anxiety and confusion regarding relationship with current girlfriend. Wants his relationship to improve.
• anxious attachment patterns with mother as a young infant/boy
• present day anxiety and seeking secure attachment through present day relationship with girlfriend
- See main points below marked in Yellow and include the references in the reference list below.
- In writing the case study, you should refer to:
- Significance of the case
(i.e. the rationale for choosing this particular case).
- The means of referral
(student placement arranged via the college low-cost counselling service)
- Client Confidentiality
(i.e. how the client’s anonymity and confidentiality is protected by using false names).
- Client Consent
(this was received at intake by the counselling service who ask permission if client is agreeable to being a case study of which the client had agreed).
- Therapeutic approach/model (humanistic & psychodynamic), and specific counselling skills used (e.g. empathic listening, silence, challenge, summarising).
- Object Relations Theory – please reference
- Attachment theory – please reference
- Person-Centred Therapy – please reference
- Client’s process
(i.e. movement, regression, goal attainment etc.).
- Counsellor’s own processes
(i.e. critical inner voice, countertransference, fears, vulnerabilities, projections, ambiguity etc.).
- The Counselling Relationship
(i.e. how it developed, relational depth, distance, trust, self-disclosure, and the ending of the relationship).
- Counsellor’s key learning
(i.e. the use of supervision and the development of the internal supervisor).
- Ethics and the Law
(i.e. any relevant ethical dilemmas and/or legal concerns).
Mearns, D. & Thorne, B. (2007). Person-centred counselling in action (3rd Ed.). London: Sage.
(Core text, please reference throughout case study).
Bond. T. (2009). Standards and ethics for counselling in action (3rd Ed.). London: Sage.
Yalom, I. D. (1991). Love’s executioner. London: Penguin Book.
Sedgwick, D. (1994). The Wounded Healer: Countertransference from a Jungian Perspective. New York: Routledge.Winnicott, D.W. (2005). Playing and reality (Routledge Classics). 2nd ed. Oxon: Routledge