Trauma can rip away a client’s sense of safety . . .
. . . and leave them with a nervous system that is primed to detect threats.
That’s why as practitioners, it’s so important that we have strategies to build a client’s feelings of safety before we help them process traumatic memories.
So in the video below, Chris Willard, PsyD shares some specific questions, movements, and psychoeducation (including some from compassion-based therapy) that can help establish a sense of safety after trauma.
Have a look.
Chris brought up a few movements that come out of the field of compassion-oriented therapy. So if you found this video helpful . . .
. . . you can get more compassion-based strategies that can bring depth to your interventions in the Clinical Application of Compassion Master Series.
In this program, you’ll hear how to integrate compassion-based approaches into your clinical practice from some of top experts in the field, including Paul Gilbert, PhD; Jack Kornfield, PhD; Kristin Neff, PhD; Chris Germer, PhD; Kelly McGonigal, PhD; Dennis Tirch, PhD; and Deborah Lee, DClinPsy.
Now we’d like to hear your thoughts. What are some other ways that you help clients build a sense of safety and security? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
If you found this helpful, here are a few more resources you might be interested in:
3 Strategies to Help Trauma Patients Feel Safe
Two Simple Techniques That Can Help Trauma Patients Feel Safe, with Peter Levine, PhD
Helping Survivors Feel Safe Again With Trauma Treatment, with Peter Levine, PhD
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