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Faculty Case Conference: Bridging Emotional Cutoff
 
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Laura Brooks, MSW
Often people are motivated to seek help when their anxiety becomes overwhelming and they have run out of options and strategies to manage it. This case is of a person who was unemployed, nearly out of money, and perceived herself as having no family. A pattern of job losses, unemployment, financial stress, a severe chronic illness, and social isolation led to her calling a local crisis hotline and obtaining a referral for psychotherapy services. While she has not become a student of Bowen Theory, she found the consultations to be helpful in reducing her anxiety and becoming more objective about her family as well as her own functioning. Her life course provides a good example of how the absence of family contact contributes to a lack of emotional stability. Conversely, her effort to renew family relationships and begin to define herself demonstrates a positive impact on overall functioning, socially, physiologically, and emotionally.

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