1Running head: THEORY APPLICATION 1COUN5239 Theories of Psychotherapy Theory Application 1 Shawanda Barnes Capella University February 17, 2019
2Running head: THEORY APPLICATION 1Theory Application Shelia is a 35 year old African America female. She is a single mother with five children, two daughters the ages 16 and 14year-old, three sons’s ages seven, three and new born. She is currently in a relationship with Damien the newborn’s father. The newborn was removed from Shelia’s custody after the child is tested positive for cocaine in his system. The seven year old child was also removed as well because the judge found her guilty of neglect. The remainder of her children lives with her mother. She stated that she was living with a friend. Shelia stated that she desire to get her children back. Sheila was presents to counseling because it was a requirement by the Department of Social Services. She reports feeling stress and depress most of the time, and that she have problem sleeping. She reports that she is very angry with everyone involved with her case. She reported that she tried to commit suicide because she could not handle the pressure of he currently situation. Client says, "My anxiety is so bad, I don't even want to go outside for a walk." She reports experiencing a low mood at times and says, "I think it's just because I'm stressed out witheverything that is going on. I feel overwhelmed, anxious, just trying to figure out the next steps." Patient reports feeling "off" and being unable to focus, She also reports having a lot of relationship problems and challenges with her oldest daughter, her son father. Her oldest daughter is always running away from home because they are always fighting with each other. She states that she believes her daughter is sexual active but does know with whom yet. She states that she checks her daughter panties and sees what appears to be discharge.
3Running head: THEORY APPLICATION 1Theoretical ApplicationGoals for Working with MargaritaMargarita comes to counseling with a myriad of problems. She is having outbursts of anger towards her husband, is experiencing depression and anxiety related symptoms and desiresmore connection with those around her. When approaching Margarita from an existential philosophy we can clearly see that she is not living life in a way that is helpful or purposeful. Thegoal of existential counseling is not to pathologize or cure it is to help clients accept, tolerate andlive constructively with their anxieties (Fernando, 2007). The goal of Margaritas counseling will be for her to increase her self-awareness and begin to move towards a more authentic self. This includes identifying areas of her life where she is merely accepting the circumstances and is not taking responsibility for those circumstances (Fernando, 2007). Once these areas are identified Margarita will be able to begin to make conscious choices, discover her strengths and identify