Presenting problem: Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 2
C has a clinical diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
At our first meeting she reveals a difficult childhood at the hands of a cold and nasty narcissistic mother. She says she is used to being on the receiving end of life’s short straws and has had a string of abusive partners. An unexpected turn of events is behind C’s decision to seek help, along with the realisation that she can take control of her life.
C tells me the thing which is worrying her the most is the thought that something terrible is going to happen to her.
She is certain, for example, that she will have an horrific car crash on her daily commute; at home, C is convinced she’ll become the victim of a violent burglary. Every day, she obsessively consumes news feeds on social media for stories about accidents and crimes in her local area.
The scene is set every morning as soon as she opens her eyes with the thought: ‘Today will be the day’.
By the end of the first working session two major shifts have taken place. First, C’s conviction that she will have a car accident has been replaced with a more pragmatic ‘accidents happen but I’m not certain it will happen to me’, and a self-scoring reduction in anxiety from 10 to 1 (1 low).
She experiences the same result when thinking about her fear of being assaulted by burglars. Instead of feeling frightened when she hears about local crime, C decides to acknowledge that it’s sad for the victim but to shrug it off and just get on with whatever she is doing.
The following week, C bounces in and says she has stopped sitting in the dark at home during the evening – a strategy she has employed to deter strangers from knocking on her door, the idea of which used to ‘freak her out’ – and is no longer devouring news reports. What’s more, the notion of having a terrible accident on the way to work has ceased to dominate her thoughts.
There is more work to do before C is ready to step into her future but at least the way is now clear for her to walk an easier path to her final destination.
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