Cathy

The graph below tracks Cathy's symptoms over the first month of therapy.



The graph shows three clusters of symptom spikes. Each succeeding peak is smaller than those representing earlier points in therapy. The results suggest that the energy available to sustain the defenses was diminished by exhaustion.


The graph below tracks Cathy's overall progress during the first month in therapy.

Of the five symptoms of stress that Cathy rated, only the highest score is rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Cathy gave to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.

To provide a reference point, Cathy's maximum pretreatment experiences were each given a score of 10. The client's goal in therapy is to reach experience levels far beyond those previously reported.



1. Three clusters of symptoms coincided with Cathy's effort to get closer to her husband. Her successful advance toward intimacy triggered defenses (symptoms).
2. After her self, intimacy, and achievement scores approached the maximum pre-treatment level of 10, they stagnated as if an "invisible ceiling" blocked her progress to higher levels.

The graph below tracks Cathy's overall progress over 3 months of therapy.


(Of the five symptoms of stress that Cathy rated, only the highest score is rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Cathy gave to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.)

As she was able to break through defenses that worked against intimacy, scores in this sphere increased more rapidly than did those associated with self and achievement (Stage II). Her defenses continued to weaken.

The graph below tracks her progress over 5 months of therapy.



(Of the five symptoms of stress that Cathy rated, only the highest score is rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Cathy gave to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.)

During the fifth month of therapy, Cathy experienced a month-long (October 10 to November 11) stagnation of the rate of advance in intimacy. Around November 25, her formidable defenses finally became exhausted. Freed from defenses, Cathy's scores associated with self and achievement spheres increased at a rate similar to those of intimacy (stage III).

The graph below tracks Cathy's progress over 8 months of therapy.


(Of the five symptoms of stress that Cathy rated, only the highest score is rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Cathy gave to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.)

During the last 3 months of therapy, Cathy reached stage IV of personality transformation.

The graphs show that Cathy needed 6 months of Lifetrack therapy to break out of her borderline personality.


The four stages of personality transformation are described in detail at Lifetrack Concepts: Intimacy to Growth)

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