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  • 0 NP0015 21st-Century Trauma TreatmentNP0015, Trauma, Session 1, Mary Jo Barrett 02.10.2012 07:44
    I share your experience of clients who launch into telling their stories but I think it is important not to get "diverted by the story" before establishing the ground rules, setting the context and establishing a therapeutic contract. In this regard - and also agreeing with the process and benefits elaborated by Mary Jo - I think it is reasonable to "slow down" clients who are in a rush to tell their story. This can be done in a way that is respectful of their painful/difficult/distressing issues, but can be contextualised using various rationales. For example a progressive approach to therapy which defers details until preliminaries are completed "based on experience", wanting to ensure that the client is not thinking they have to tell their story if they are not ready and so on. Clients may be testing to see how a therapist reacts to their experience, but I think a "catch and hold" approach parallels the process of providing context, safety and options for the client - especially important in the early stages of therapy.

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