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Prevent panic: keep your room cool

Prevent clients from panicking by keeping your room cool. Overheating clients can misinterpret a rise in room temperature as the onset of a panic attack. Panic occurs when benign physical sensations are interpreted as threatening, leading to a surge of adrenaline...

Claim your chair with your notepad

Use your notepad to claim your chair before the client enters the room. If you can sit where you need to be, there will be no unease to be misinterpreted by the client. A prison inmate advised me that I was sitting in the “wrong place”. I wasn’t sure what he...

Improve rapport by allowing silences

Clients’ perceptions of rapport may be enhanced by silences. Therapists who are uncomfortable with silence should remind themselves that their client’s interpretation of the silence may be much more positive. A client once asked me not to delay speaking once he...

Relaxation Techniques: A Practical Handbook

A compendium of relaxation techniques. This book supports the clinical practice of physical and psychological therapists seeking to explore the field of relaxation training or to tailor their approach to individual clients. There are many different approaches to...

Slow speech makes for clear communication

Speaking more slowly can improve communication between therapist and client. Slow speech is more comprehensible and more considered. Anxiety is characterised by rapid speech. Therapists, especially trainees, may be anxious in sessions, but may also feel the need to...