What triggers the freeze response?
We tend to think of traumatic events, but according to Peter Levine, PhD, that’s not always the case. Even a perceived threat can be enough for a client to get stuck in a frozen state.
So how can we help clients who are stuck in the freeze response to move forward? Have a listen.
According to Peter, the energy that is “locked up” in a client’s frozen state is the exact energy we need to target to help them find a release.
You can hear more about how to skillfully navigate the freeze response in the Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma. Bessel van der Kolk, MD; Pat Ogden, PhD; Stephen Porges, PhD; and other top experts will get into exactly what to do (and what NOT to do) when a client freezes in your office.
What are your biggest takeaways from this video? How might you use this in your practice? Please leave a comment below and let us know.
If you found this helpful, here are a few more resources you might be interested in:
[Infographic] How to Differentiate Between the Freeze and Shutdown Trauma Responses
Working with the Freeze Response in the Treatment of Trauma with Stephen Porges, PhD
How to Help a Client Come Back from Freezing in a Session
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