Working Through Grief With Reality Therapy Case Study by Tease16

Working Through Grief With Reality Therapy
A hypothetical case study exploring grief, depression and regret using a reality therapy framework.
# 119071 | 5,288 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | CA
Published on Mar 30, 2010 in Psychology (Therapies) , Sociology (Theory) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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The paper explores the hypothetical case of Erving, a 74 year old male suffering from the loss of his wife. He also feels regret, hopelessness, and displays signs of depression. Under this theoretical framework, the writer explores the importance of a therapeutic relationship, the significance of planning and action and the implications of focusing on behavior. These three strategies are especially applicable and beneficial to Erving's case. The limitations of reality therapy are also evaluated, finding a need for further emotional insight, incorporation of feelings and a recognition of past events. The paper outlines key context, key concepts of the theories, therapeutic process and techniques, theory evaluation and discussion.

Key Concepts
Therapeutic Process
Techniques and Procedures

From the Paper:

" In addition to the loneliness and depression, he is also suffering from a sense of regret. He feels as if he did not express his appreciation and love towards his wife when she was alive. Erving also feels that the time they shared was not as meaningful as it could have been; he remembers many instances where he acted impassively or disinterestedness when Amanda would make a suggestion. His responses would hurt Amanda, but she seldom complained. The regret about the time that he spent with Amanda is extended into the present. Erving is also having difficulty accepting the fact that his wife is gone, and he is still healthy and very much alive."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Applegate, G. (1980). "If Only My Spouse Would Change." In N. Glasser (Ed.), What Are You Doing? How People are Helped Through Reality Therapy. (pp 34-48). New York: Harper & Row.
  • Cameron, A. (2009). Regret, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. International Journal of Reality Therapy, 28 (2), 40-44. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
  • Corey, G. (2005) Theory and Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy (7th Ed.) Scarborough, Ontario: Brooks/Cole.
  • Glasser, W. (1965). Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Glasser, W. (1980). "Reality Therapy" In N. Glasser (Ed.), What Are You Doing? How People are Helped Through Reality Therapy. (pp 48-60). New York: Harper & Row.

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