When a client fears rejection, their ability to set boundaries can become severely compromised.
Instead of voicing their own needs and desires, they may go out of their way to please others in an attempt to be accepted.
So in the video below, Ron Siegel, PsyD shares an example of one client whose fear of rejection created an appeasement pattern that was damaging his marriage. Ron walks us through the intervention he used to help the client escape this pattern and establish healthy boundaries.
Have a look.
So drawing from strengths they already possess is just one way you might help a client reestablish boundaries and work through a fear of rejection.
If you found this video helpful, you can hear more about working with clients who are desperately afraid of being rejected from Ron and other top experts (like Peter Levine, PhD; Pat Ogden, PhD; Stephen Porges, PhD; Shelly Harrell, PhD; Terry Real, PhD; and more).
Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have clients who fear rejection? What other strategies have you found helpful? Please let us know in the comments below.
If you found this helpful, here are a few more resources you might be interested in:
Challenging the Fear of Abandonment, with Pat Ogden, PhD
What’s Happening in the Nervous System of Patients Who “Please and Appease” (or Fawn) in Response to Trauma? With Stephen Porges, PhD
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