Using an Anonymous Current Client or One You Have Worked with in the Past, Apply the Methods Discussed in This Module to Their Case and Discuss What You Think Could Have Been Achieved.

“Using an anonymous current client or one you have worked with in the past, apply the methods discussed in this module to their case and discuss what you think could have been achieved”.

In this essay I am going to focus on a number of past clients who requested counselling for a variety of reasons. I will explore how both transactional analysis and the Gestalt method may have helped these clients.

The first client to discuss is a 31-year-old single woman who requested counselling to help with her depression and anxiety. GJ had been taking anti-depressants for around a year and wanted to be able to stop taking the medication in the future and manage her reactions to stressful situations, especially at work.   To begin with I will analyse the case using transactional analysis and explore what the possible outcomes may be.
Transactional analysis was founded by Eric Berne and gives us a tool for understanding how people interact with others. Berne said that verbal communication, particularly face to face, is at the centre of human social relationships and psychoanalysis. His starting-point was that when two people encounter each other, one of them will speak to the other. This he called the Transaction Stimulus. The reaction from the other person he called the Transaction Response. The person sending the Stimulus is called the Agent. The person who responds is called the Respondent. Transactional Analysis became the method of examining the transaction wherein: 'I do something to you, and you do something back'.
There are three prepositions of transactional analysis:
  1. People are ok – we all have a core of self worth
  2. People can think and reason – they can make decisions for themselves
  3. People make decisions that shape their destiny – this outcome, however, can be changed.
Berne also said that each person is made up of three alter ego states: parent, adult and child.

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