During the pandemic, your clients may be looking for answers to help them manage the uncertainty and stress of our “new normal.”
And there’s no shortage of advice out there.
The thing is, while some ideas are truly helpful, others may only heighten the discomfort.
According to Deb Dana, LCSW, the key is to help clients listen to what their own nervous system needs in a given moment.
In the video, Deb will mention three states of the nervous system. If you don’t catch them all as you watch, we’ve got you covered. We’ve summarized everything for you in the client handout that you can download after the video.
Now I’ll let Deb take it from here.
Deb just walked you through how to help a client make a Pathways to Regulation Menu. If you’d like to try this with your client, we created a handout to help. If you’d like to print a copy to share, please click here.
Update: We take great care to read your comments, and this week one in particular stood out to us.
Rachel Garst shared an idea for improving the handout with client-friendly terms for the states of the nervous system. We thought this was a great suggestion, and we’ve updated the handout.
Here’s the link again to get the worksheet.
(Please be sure to include the copyright information. We put a lot of work into creating these resources for you. Thanks!)
It includes instructions, a quick summary of each state of the nervous system, and a template they can use for their menu.
And if you found this helpful, you might like to see our other videos with Deb about How to Befriend the Nervous System During Quarantine as well as A Tool to Help Clients Calm the Nervous System.
Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have a client who might find this exercise useful? What have you found most helpful for clients who are feeling dysregulated during quarantine – whether they’re feeling anxious and stressed out, or tired and lethargic?
Please let us know by leaving a comment below.
If you found this helpful, here are a few more resources you might be interested in:
[Infographic] – How the Nervous System Responds to Trauma
What’s Happening in the Nervous System of Patients Who “Please and Appease” (or Fawn) in Response to Trauma? With Stephen Porges, PhD
Working with the Nervous System via Telehealth
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