Write a Psychology Case Study


At some point in your study of psychology, you may be required to write a case study. A case study is an in-depth analysis of a single person. Case studies are often used in clinical cases or in situations when lab research is not possible or practical. In undergraduate courses, these case studies are often based on a real individual, an imagined individual, or a character from a television show, film, or book.


Use the following format to write your own fictional psychotherapy case studie.


I. Case History


1. Background Information


The first section of your paper will present your clientÕs background. Include factors such as age, gender, work, health status, family mental health history, family and social relationships, drug and alcohol history, life difficulties, goals, and coping skills and weaknesses.


2. Description of the Presenting Problem


In the next section of your case study, you will describe the problem or symptoms that the client presented with. Describe any physical, emotional, or sensory symptoms reported by the client. Thoughts, feelings, and perceptions related to the symptoms should also be noted. Any screening or diagnostic assessments that are used should also be described in detail and all scores reported.


3. Your Diagnosis


Provide your diagnosis. Explain how you reached your diagnosis, how the clients symptoms fit the diagnostic criteria for the disorder(s), or any possible difficulties in reaching a diagnosis.











II. Intervention


The second section of your paper will focus on the intervention used to help the client.  Choose one of the following:


1. Psychoanalytic Approach


Describe how a psychoanalytic therapist would view the clientÕs problem. Explain how psychoanalytic therapy would be used to treat the client, how the client would respond to therapy, and the effectiveness of this treatment approach.


2. Cognitive-Behavioral Approach


Explain how a cognitive-behavioral therapist would approach treatment. Offer background information on this therapeutic approach and describe the treatment sessions, client response, and outcome of this type of treatment. Make note of any difficulties or successes encountered by your client during treatment.


3. Humanistic Approach


Describe a humanistic approach that could be used to treat your client. Provide information on the type of treatment you chose, the clientÕs reaction to the treatment, and the end result of this approach. Explain why the treatment was successful or unsuccessful.




- Do not refer to the subject of your case study as Ōthe client.Ķ Instead, use his or her name.


- Read examples of case studies to gain and idea about the style and format.