Neoanalytic, Jungian, and Individual Psychology Theory Application

Neoanalytic, Jungian, and Individual Psychology Theory Application

What concepts of the theory make it the most appropriate for the client in the case study?

For Ana, I feel that the best option would probably be Individual therapy because it teaches the two primary motivation that human life has, which are the need to feel a sense of belonging and to feel superior or have power. Ana lacks two primary motivations. Neither does she have support from her friends nor her family, therefore the sense of belonging not met? Ana’s sense of power is unmet when she couldn’t manage raising her son alone, being in college and a full-time job.

Why did you choose this theory over others?

The Jungian theory requires regularity because the sessions range up to four times or more in a week. Ana needs time with her son as she is raising the baby alone making it hard for her to undergo the Jungian theory because it requires her time too.

Ana requires immediate relief, but Neoanalytic theory has a long process, which leads me not to choose the method. In an attempt to reveal the real emotions, feelings and thought of a person, the theory’s focus is on the mind. As of the present time, Ana requires a more focused process as I want her issue solved as fast as possible even though neoanalytic theory could benefit her after the long process.

What will be the goals of counselling and what intervention strategies are used to accomplish those goals?

Ana will be familiarised with support groups for a military family in her area to enable her to understand she is not the only one raising her children alone or dealing with a spouse who is overseas. Hopefully, the group will help her overcome her sense of loneliness since she does not have contact with her friends or family. She will feel a sense of belonging amidst the members of the group. The group also supports its members with financial assistance which will be for so much help to Ana. For Ana’s depression and anxiety, I would come up with a treatment plan to enable her to build coping skills (Magnusson, 2015). I aim to give her a sense of feeling superior.

Is the theory designed for short- or long-term counselling?

The process of the theory is short term counselling. My intentions at hand are to be able to handle the concerns and the current issues that Ana has even though the process could become long term from Ana’s symptoms. Short term counselling will help solve the problems with the shortest time possible.

What will be the counsellor’s role with this client?

So that Ana becomes comfortable to express her real emotions, thoughts and feelings, my first role is to build an excellent client-counsellor relationship. Ana will get to tell me about her family background, what are her feelings and personal beliefs while creating that relationship so that I can get to understand what she is going through. As her counsellor, I would encourage her to have a positive mind as she is not alone in this. I would want Ana to become a healthy individual. I would help her also to take her health serious as she has a baby who is looking up to her.

What is the client’s role in counselling?

Ana’s role is to be sincere about her feelings, thoughts and emotions. Regardless of how embarrassing her thinking habits are, she must be willing to discuss them openly discuss them with the counsellor. Ana needs to be herself.

For what population(s) is this theory most appropriate? How does this theory address the social and cultural needs of the client?

For a person with cognitive impairments, they will not benefit from the theory. A cognitive impaired person has issues processing thoughts which could be because of various reasons such as forgetfulness, loss of reasoning, reductions of mental functions or have problems with concentrating for a long time (Mathery, 2015). Moreover, affective impairment happens when a person has dramatic mood changes. They may or not have symptoms such as hallucination, night walking or delusions. Such persons are not capable of benefiting from this therapy, and therefore it would be best if they looked for better options to treat them.

A counsellor needs to know the background of a client, either religious or ethic, to help understand their past. The social needs of Ana need to be met within a military social group where she will learn and feel that she is not the only one dealing with her spouse overseas and raising her baby alone.

What additional information be helpful to know about this case?

Caving deeper into her background would be of help as it will give me an opportunity to knowing her better. Why does she not keep in contact with her friends? She mentioned her father was a drunkard but how did that affect her? What kind of relationship does she have with her family as she has not spoken to them for months now? Despite her family being a wealthy family why does she not ask for financial help from them? How does her spouse help her in raising their son? How often do her spouse and she communicate or see each other? How does the fact that all her siblings have graduated and have professional jobs whereas she has completed her studies affect her?

What may be a risk in using this approach?

Ana’s situation is very complicated. The issue is that the therapy might be longer and therefore will not be able to offer the quickest relief her situation at hand. The approach to Ana’s treatment needs to change to benefit her. This approach will require her some time whereas her son requires her time too.



Magnusson, D. (2015). Individual Development from an Interactional Perspective (Psychology Revivals): A Longitudinal Study. Psychology Press.

Matherly, C. (2015). Kim Jong-un: A Neo-Analytical and Cognitive Personality Analysis.