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Ther apy Ends Suf fer ing Using This Successf ul Appr oach By An dr ew Hah n , Psy.D. an d Joan Beck et t , M .B.A., M A., LM HC A full case example can help illustrate a Lif e Cent ered Therapy approach to a common clinical problem. Last year, a colleague referred his son for evaluation before he made an appointment for a medication evaluation. The family was well versed in multi-generational clinical depression and approach- ed the young man?s symptoms from an open, if somewhat resigned, position. Four generations of family members had exhibited the standard clinical signs of depression and two of Nate?s siblings were already medicated, so his symptoms looked all too familiar to him and his family. What follows is a single, completed session. Nate is a well-built, soft-spoken man of 19. He came in for a session because he had been experiencing a moderate depression in freshman year of college. Generally optimistic, he had been feeling little sense of hope, crabby, and very flat. He had been eating less and, instead of being his usual happy go lucky self, he had been waking with a lack of joy. This was the second straight year he had had these symptoms. In his senior year of high school, he had had a slightly milder version of these symptoms that had lasted for 2½ months. He was not able to find any precipitant for either depression and assumed that they were strictly biological because there had been a history of depression on both sides of his family. Muscle Testing revealed that Nate?s HPI was a blocked identity (Identity Pattern in the material realms). I was therefore able to tell him that what he called his depression was in fact a choice he had made at an earlier time. While this was the best Page 6