Irritable Bowel Syndrome| Occasional Case Study - JACK!
Jack, a senior executive in a large company in the city, developed IBS (irritable syndrome syndrome) and had experienced a highly embarrassing situation due to being caught short where there were many onlookers. He desired the ability to leave home without worrying about finding a loo nearby. Planning trips had become challenging, impacting both his work and personal life.
The traumatic experiences had greatly affected Jack’s self-esteem. Although the cause for seeking help was evident, it is unnecessary to delve into all the specific details, as this can reinforce negative neural pathways.
I avoid this approach in my work to ensure clients feel comfortable and don’t feel compelled to disclose sensitive information. Through a series of rapid processes, we worked to diminish the impact of these uncomfortable experiences, providing a foundation for Jack to rebuild his self-image over the course of the next three sessions. We also focused on enhancing his behavioural flexibility, which proved beneficial in his leadership role. This allowed him to navigate challenging interactions with colleagues and cultivate stronger work relationships overall.
The outcome for Jack was positive. He now enjoys the freedom to come and go as he pleases, embracing a new-found sense of liberation.