The Case of N
Client N was a 14-year-old girl referred by the school authorities for Psychotherapy. The school authorities observed that she was gradually showing low interest in studies, became withdrawn in class, was seen befriending strangers and men older to her. She also went out of the house by making excuses such as going for group studies and returned home late every night. Thus, her mother wanted her to get married, to avoid any kind of social problem. However, the client wanted to shift to a hostel, so that she could enjoy freedom. This was severely disrupting the client’s interpersonal relationships with her family.
Psychologists at SUKRUT provided an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach where the best of different psychotherapeutic techniques were chosen to suit the needs of the case. Weekly sessions were conducted for 5 months regularly after which the client showed great improvement in academics and classroom behaviour. There was increase in motivation to do better in academics. Her self-esteem development was focussed, after which she started taking pride in her work. Attention seeking behaviour was markedly reduced and she started to interact with her classmates and her interpersonal interaction slowly improved. After regular family therapy sessions, changes were observed in the client’s family relations. She started helping her mother and disputes with parents reduced, thus improving family atmosphere.
The Case of A
Client A was a 10-year-old boy, hailing from a higher socio-economic stratum. He was intellectually below average and had difficulty in academic pursuits. He had difficulty in writing, was unable to sustain attention for a longer period of time, and was behaviourally impulsive. He also had difficulty with non-verbal tasks of daily living, such as eating and self-care.
SUKRUT’s team of psychologists chose an ensemble of therapies to intervene into the symptoms. The therapeutic plan, heavily relying on behaviour therapy was a bi-weekly session that consisted for 6 months. His attention span increased, along with his writing speed. The child started practicing healthy and consistent eating habits, by himself.
The Case of AH
Client AH, is a 23-year-old woman who came to SUKRUT with complaints of feeling chronically low, having thoughts about self-harm and difficulties in interpersonal relationships. She was under psychiatric medication and needed psychotherapeutic intervention.
She is undergoing individual psychotherapy (mostly Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) at SUKRUT Psychotherapeutic Centre for the last 6 months and there has been a considerable reduction in her symptoms. Her interpersonal skills have improved and there is a considerable reduction in thoughts about self-harm.
The therapy currently focusses on self-development and insight generation with a goal that the client will be able to manage her symptoms on her own, without external support.