When we’re working with a client’s fear of abandonment, it can add a unique challenge to the therapeutic relationship. You see, the client already has their rejection radar up. So we might become overly cautious to avoid doing anything that could feed into their fear.
Problem is, this approach can sometimes be counterintuitive. Not only that, it also might lead to one common therapeutic mistake.
In the video below, Christine Padesky, PhD will get into what that is (and how we might work around it).
She’ll also share some key findings that can help reshape how we work with a fear of abandonment.
If you’re looking for more strategies for working with clients who have a pervasive fear of abandonment, check out this short course featuring Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Peter Levine, PhD, Pat Ogden, PhD, Stephen Porges, PhD, Richard Schwartz, PhD, and other top experts in the field.
Now we’d like to hear from you. How have you worked with a client who had a pervasive fear of abandonment? Please share your comment below.