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Dealing with anxiety in a short-term therapy : keeping it company or going beyond

Stinckens, Nele and Elliott, Robert (2014) Dealing with anxiety in a short-term therapy : keeping it company or going beyond. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 13 (2). pp. 94-110. ISSN 1477-9757

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The Leuven Systematic Case-study Protocol was used to analyze the therapeutic trajectory of a young woman suffering from anxiety problems. The LSCS protocol is a broad-spectrum monitoring tool that contains both quantitative and qualitative processes, effects and relational climate measurements. This case-study shows how relational and task-oriented elements can be combined to unlock the client’s structure- bound way of functioning. The therapeutic process was marked by a careful balance between staying with her anxiety (“keeping it company”) and stimulating the client to look beyond it. Outcome/process monitoring helped track the client’s process and correct difficulties. This case is compared to the increasing number of PCE anxiety case-studies and the advantages and pitfalls of monitoring are discussed.