For many clients, racism can be a deeply emotional topic.
The experience of racism (and the scenes of racial injustice that occur far too often) can trigger a wave of painful emotions that threaten to shift clients into a state of reactivity and overwhelm.
Shelly Harrell, PhD worked with a client who found herself in that very situation. In the video below, Shelly shares how she first addressed her client’s racial wounds – and then equipped her with strategies to ease her emotional reactivity.
Have a look.
If you found this helpful, here are a few more resources for working with racial stress and trauma in a session:
And if you would like to learn more from Shelly and other top experts (like Peter Levine, PhD; Pat Ogden, PhD; Stephen Porges, PhD; Dan Siegel, MD; Richard Schwartz, PhD; and more) about how to help clients shift away from reactivity and build powerful self-regulation skills, click here.
Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have clients who might benefit from the strategies that Shelly described? What are some other ways that you might work with a client’s emotional triggers? Please let us know in the comments below.