When a client freezes during a session, how do you help them come out of their trauma response (without further triggering them)?
This can be challenging because proximity, movement, and eye contact can all feel threatening to a client who is frozen and hyper-aware of danger.
So in the video below, Stephen Porges, PhD, shares two key steps you can take to help bring your client out of freeze.
He’ll also get into what to do when your own body and nervous system start reacting to your client’s freezing (which can derail treatment). Have a listen.
Having strategies that allow you to effectively work with a client’s nervous system can have a profound impact on the treatment of trauma. So if you found this video helpful, you can find out more from Stephen about how Polyvagal Theory can strengthen your work with trauma right here.
Now we’d like to hear from you. How might you put these techniques into practice with one of your clients? Please let us know and leave a comment below.