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A Case Study in Psychotherapy (In this article, all male pronouns will apply to either gender.) 
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In this article,all male pronouns will apply to either gender
If over the span of our 30 years of our clinical practice we have seen n number of patients, then, this case study concerns client n-1. We would like to share this case with you.

As sentient creatures, our coherency is determined by the semantic structures that are embedded into us. Therefore, any problem state is a function of some embedded structure that is a subset of the whole. However, it in turn may have a governing structure that is determining its operation. If this is so then this latter subset is the meta structure of the structure of problem state. Theoretically, one can see that one can have a meta meta structure of a meta structure of a structure and so forth. If this is so, then any prescient student of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy will immediately realize that his chosen profession is an exciting exploration of the wonder and mystery of what it means to be human.

Today, we take the view that to understand human problem states and by extension, human coherency in this way, is to understand what the redoubtable Richard Bandler once said to me:

Every human being is an unchartered universe of utter wonder and complexity.

It is for this, that at a recent consultation with a physician who is about to take his finals for his specialist degree in plastic surgery that because of his queries about the nature of my work that I told him:

Relative to me, the complexity of what you do is nothing compared to what I do.

What we now conclude is that to solve a patient’s problem, theoretically and ideally it is best to work out what the structure or the meta-structure or in certain cases, the meta-meta-structure of the problem state is. Clearly, until now, clinicians have been able to help their clients without having to do. You can solve human problem states without having to work out what the critical underpinning of a problem state is to solve it.

This first case study, n-1, is in fact one such example. However, it is clear that there are problems states in which, if you wish to solve them, then you will have no alternative but to work out what is the critical structure that determines the condition.

Case n-1 was a man who had been caught twice driving his car with an alcohol level in excess of the legal limit. In Canada, if you are caught a third time, it means prison.

Case n-1 was a very successful businessman. He always came to me impeccably attired - dark suit, white shirt, tie, polished black shoes. He spoke in a very fine crisp Canadian English diction.

He was divorced but had no children.

When he came to me, he had no feminine attachments.

It was his won’t to go to the bar after work before he went home. He enjoyed his drinks and was able to leave the bar in a sober state on many occasions.

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