Presenting problem: Clinical Depression and a Pair of Louboutins
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 6
C is suffering with clinical depression and low self-esteem.
She is a fairly tall woman and, as she walks into my consulting room, I notice that she is stooping. Her shoulder-length her is lanky and her face is spotty.
As we talk, she reveals a number of issues, including the anxiety attacks which seem to be troubling her the most. C says they have become worse since the recent split with her boyfriend. Even though she knows the relationship was no good for her, sadness is exacerbating her depressed mood.
She also discloses that she feels very guilty after terminating a pregnancy last year.
In our first session, we tackle both the anxiety attacks she is experiencing and the guilt she’s carrying. This allows us to move into our next session with the commencement of a tailored programme to address C’s depression, and the underlying issues affecting her core identity and self-esteem.
At the outset of the programme, C tells me she is very self-critical and insecure. She is spending vast amounts of time in her bedroom dwelling on her thoughts and feels completely hollow inside. She believes that depression was triggered when her birth father rejected her, some years ago.
Over the next few sessions, we work through C’s anger and resentment towards her father, her self-blame, insecurity and low self-worth, and develop a solid picture of how she wants to be, free from depression.
By our fifth meeting, C says she is feeling happier and reveals a striking level of motivation. She is writing a business plan for the future and creating a vision-board, to help visualise her goals. As part of this project, since our last appointment she has taken her dream car for a test drive and visited the show-home where she imagines herself living.
Perhaps best of all, C tells me she went out with friends and laughed so much she had to clutch her stomach, something she says hasn’t happened for a long time.
Opening the door to my consulting room at our final appointment, a completely different person walks in. Tall and proud, C struts over the threshold in a pair of 6 inch Louboutin stilettos, grinning behind a thin layer of perfectly applied make-up.
We use our last session to consolidate everything she has achieved these last weeks, and to put the finishing touches to her future plans. She reflects on the person who first walked through the door and can no longer connect with that version of herself. C says she doesn’t recognise her at all, describing the image of her old self as very pale and misty, like looking through a filter; a completely different person; a stranger.
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