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Adopting a Model of X-Y Axis to Understand the Client’s Narrative and Presenting State

Issued Date: 10th August 2023

Published Date: 14th August 2023


Author Affiliations: Anil Thomas

Co-Author Affiliations: Mallika


This paper introduces the innovative integration of the Cartesian Coordinate System (CCS) into psychotherapy to enhance client self-reflection and insight. The historical evolution of psychological theories and therapies is explored, highlighting the continuous quest for effective treatment. Inspired by René Descartes' mathematical system, the CCS is applied in psychotherapy as a tool in collaboration with the therapist-client bond, to graphically represent clients' presenting problems, facilitating structured breakdown and understanding through quadrants. The paper elaborates on the theoretical underpinnings, the effectiveness of data visualisation, and the relevance of matrix systems in psychotherapy. The proposed CCS model is introduced, detailing its practical application in therapy through case illustrations. The model not only supports therapeutic progress but also offers the potential for coping beyond therapy, enhancing personal awareness, cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, and problem-solving. The model's inclusive design principles cater to diverse clients, including neurodivergent individuals. By promoting metacognition and empowerment, the CCS model contributes to a holistic approach to mental health and personal growth.



Cartesian Coordinate System · Data visualisation · Matrix systems · Therapeutic tool


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