greenacre cbt

Case Studies

K (Female aged 29)

ISSUE

K attended for 10 sessions over a 9 month period for her help with her OCD and anxiety.  Her anxiety about contamination and cleanliness was affecting both her home and work life. When she commenced therapy she had been signed off from work.

 

PROGRESS

K learnt how her general anxiety had developed into OCD, and she began to test out her predictions that “something awful would happen” if she did not clean  and do her rituals and discovered that despite her misgivings nothing happened.  She created a pyramid of her anxieties and began to challenge the lowest ones first and gradually working up to the hardest. She used CBT to help challenge her thinking and her behaviour, and found that over time her anxious feelings diminished.

 

RESULT

She returned to work and received good support from her employers with a return to work programme and did not resume her cleaning rituals in the workplace, and within 6 months she has been promoted to a more senior role. When she started therapy she felt her position in her organisation was becoming precarious because of her behaviour.


 

L (Male aged 45)

ISSUE

L came for 5 sessions of CBT after finding it hard to cope with his job. His GP had referred him to the NHS, but he felt he could not wait 3 months for treatment, so we agreed he would attend for CBT before his NHS appointment came through..

 

PROGRESS

In therapy L discovered how his childhood experiences were causing him some trauma and we used some strategies for dealing with PTSD to help him resolve this. L used written work between sessions to explore this area and for use in treatment.

 

L also worked on CBT protocols to help with depression and began to do more at home, and think about a return to work ( much sooner than he expected when he started treatment.) He undertook some thought recording to look at his thinking and had a daily action plan to help him feel more structured and in control of his life.

 

Before his NHS appointment arrived L had returned to work on limited part time basis and found he was enjoying being around other people again.  He then went on to receive NHS psychological support to complete his treatment and is now back working full time.

 

RESULT

He credits his success with coming to Greenacre CBT when he was “at my lowest point and getting immediate help and support.”


 

F (Female aged 60)

ISSUE

F attended for 8 sessions of CBT to help with her social anxiety. Since retiring she had found it hard to leave the house and enjoy social activities, so much so that she was no longer seeing friends or willing to go away for breaks or holidays much to the consternation of her partner who had been looking forward to the freedom of retirement together.

 

PROGRESS

In treatment F learnt that her physical feelings were the normal symptoms associated with anxiety and not as she thought something more serious. She then learnt some relaxation and breathing exercises to help her cope when she felt anxious, as well as some distraction thoughts to enable her to continue with activities.

She began to help with some voluntary activities, which she had given up because she was so anxious about leaving the house, and found although she had the anxiety symptoms she could manage them, and as time went on they began to reduce.

 

She then went to visit her family for a weekend and found she enjoyed herself.  In treatment F realised that she had been a worrier all her life, and that her recent change of lifestyle had provoked her panic and anxiety.

 

RESULT

F and her partner are now  enjoying a full social life in the UK as well as making trips to  Europe.


 

C (Male aged 65)

ISSUE

C was referred by his GP after he found himself unable to sleep and was becoming more distressed about his disturbed nights, particularly as he had to move out of the main bedroom as he was too restless throughout the night.

 

PROGRESS

C was encouraged to keep a sleep diary to see what the main problems were for him regarding sleep. From this it was evident that he did not need a long therapy to restore his sleep rhythm, and he was encouraged to reduce the time spent on his computer prior to going to sleep, and also reducing his consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

 

C also undertook CBT strategies for managing sleep and began to report that his sleep was becoming longer and in line with day and night patterns.  He moved back into the main bedroom with no significant difficulties.

 

RESULT

After 5 sessions he was able to depart for a long holiday visiting his family in Australia with no worries about his sleep patterns and also no longer taking medication to calm himself  down.