As practitioners, we’re well-acquainted with the fight, flight, freeze response – that automatic response that evolved to protect us from external threats or danger.
But what happens when the threat is internal? When the threat is painful emotions or distress?
Our response can still be automatic, and for many clients it can often be to fight.
But when ‘fight’ is how a client handles difficult emotions, the fight moves to within them. It can get expressed as self-criticism and self-blame – and that can lead to shame.
No longer are they only feeling bad, but they believe they are bad . . . and something’s wrong with them.
As a practitioner, you know how shame can trap clients in unending pain and suffering.
So what if you could give them a quick and simple practice to start them down the path to healing?
Well, check out the video below – Paul Gilbert, PhD shares the practice he uses to help clients understand how the mind works . . . and how that understanding can be transformative.
Take a look – it’s about 5 ½ minutes:
Dr. Gilbert’s practice is powerful because it can set the stage for de-pathologizing and reducing the shame caused by self-criticism and blame.
We’ll be getting into several other key compassion practices you can use in your work with clients in this week’s session in The Clinical Application of Compassion program.
You can learn more when you sign up right here.
But for now, I’d like to hear from you. How might this or other compassion practices help your clients?