Examine and discuss the psychotherapeutic modalities

Mary Jones brought her 49-year-old mother, Mrs. Sandra Davis, to the community mental health center. Mrs. Jones states that she is concerned about her mother. Mrs. Jones describes her mother as becoming more and more withdrawn. Her mother refuses to leave home, stays in her bedroom with the lights off, has no appetite, does not bathe nor comb her hair, and is always crying.

Mrs. Davis is widowed. Her husband died one year ago. She has three children who live in their own homes/apartments. The youngest child just recently moved to an apartment because she wanted more privacy.

From your observation, you notice that Mrs. Davis’ face is sad. Her forehead is pinched and tight, and her eyes are downcast. She complains of insomnia, lack of energy, poor appetite, and pressure in her chest. She frequently sighs as she talks. Mrs. Davis says that she is worthless, that everything will always turn out bad no matter what she does, and that she has nothing to live for. She says that she would never commit suicide because people don’t go to heaven if they commit suicide.


1. Provide a provisional DSM 5/ICD 10 diagnosis

2. Examine and discuss the psychotherapeutic modalities you would choose to use to treat this client. Choose between Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, gestalt, behavior, cognitive behavior, choice/reality, feminist, and postmodern therapy. You may combine therapies (integrative approach), but you must justify the combination. Be sure to include a list of the specific techniques (therapeutic processes and content), not just the theory you would use for this client. Be specific in how you would treat each client.

3. Explain your rationale.

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