The window of tolerance is such an important concept when we’re working with trauma and dysregulation.
For clients who have experienced trauma, that window often becomes quite narrow.
They may space out and dissociate, or get too angry or anxious to focus. Or, they might fluctuate between hyper- and hypo-arousal. When they’re too far outside the window, it makes it difficult to continue the work of healing.
So what are some ways to help clients expand their window of tolerance and come back into it?
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD offer some of their insights in the video below. Take a look – it’s under 5 minutes.
Ruth and Bessel, together with Stephen Porges, PhD and Pat Ogden, PhD focus on: How to Help Clients Tolerate Dysregulation and Come Back From Hypoarousal as part of the Treating Trauma Master Series.
Now we’d like to hear from you. What have you found effective in helping clients learn to self-regulate? Please leave a comment below.