Case Study of Mr X Essay

4275 Words Nov 4th, 2011 18 Pages

“Using the case study provided at the end of the module identify and explain the client’s issues and devise a course of treatment for him taking into account any ethical issues”

Introduction - Mr X case study
Mr X is 45 and has worked for the same company for 18 years. He is not married but has a “sort of girlfriend”. His mother is in a home and he visits her regularly, due to this he is unable to socialize with his colleagues. He would like to apply for a manager’s job at work but feels like something is stopping him and he would also like to go socialise with his colleagues but feels that if he changed the day he sees his mother she would not understand. He would like to ask his sort of girlfriend
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When I get him to learn to value himself, self-acceptance will follow along with confidence. He will then be able to make plans for his future.

My Diagnosis from information given in the case study
He displays an inability to act upon any positive feelings or thoughts which arise, instead he shows, from the information we have, a habit of adhering to negative thoughts which maintain his status quo and underpin his fear of change and potential failure. As part of treatment it may be worth discussing why he feels more comfortable with the negative beliefs than the positive ones.
We read that he “has stood in for the present manager many times.” This is something that he needs to acknowledge as a real positive, his competence, his abilities which others will have observed. He is not however demanding any recognition for this, a clear sign of his lack of confidence.
It appears that quite a few of his beliefs are not grounded in reality and based more on emotion than fact “He says that all his office peers see him as a bit boring.” It would be worth discussing as part of treatment, his ideas about himself. Does he see himself as boring, - if so getting him to realise that he can control this, both behaviour and thoughts about himself. This would be getting him to take responsibility for himself and his own life.

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