Case studies also give students a deeper way to approach their learning and they help students understand how to approach clients in a variety of ways. PSYCHOTHERAPY AS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE Corsini and Wedding (2005) state that psychotherapy is a learning experience. When an individual engages in psychotherapy they are entering it in order to think differently, to feel differently, or to act differently (p. 6). It is the counselors responsibility to assist the individual in the learning process and the counselor will also learn within the process of helping. There are many ways that counselors work with different psychotherapies and how they relate them to their clients.
As an example, some therapists work by giving clients information and others work more actively. Some therapist use behavioral approaches and others will work through an emotional foundation. Whatever method that an individual uses they must understand the appropriate methods to use that fit their own personality. What an individual learns in their counseling courses will be a small part of what they will have to use when they get into their first counseling job; they will need to use everything they know from their own personality to "tools" they have picked up along the way.
Corsini and Wedding also state that best therapists are "eclectic" which means that they develop an integrated style that pulls together many different theories and therapeutic methods so they can remain flexible (Corsini and Wedding, p. 10). CASE STUDY 1: THE CASE OF RON (Corsini and Wedding, 2005, p. 114) Ron is a 24 year old male who presented with obsessive compulsive behavior. He was sent to counseling through a social worker because Ron was having problems with anger management.
His fiancé told him that she had an abortion at age 16 and his anger escalated with outbursts and sometimes excessive drinking. He appeared at the first counseling session dressed in a business suit and carrying an attaché case. Ron moved to an industrialized Southern New Hampshire town from a rural New England town when he was younger and at that time he was only diagnosed with dyslexia. He was also sickly as a child and his childhood illnesses prevented him from playing sports.
He described his father as a successful business man although he was not able to talk to him easily. Ron complained that his mother was okay but her world was "too small. " Ron reports that he was not close to his siblings and that he had "ambivalent" and "turbulent" feelings for his parents (Wedding and Corsini, p.
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