By John McCarthy
By Ryan Howes
By Robert Garfield
By Joe Bavonese
Andrew Weil, Mary Pipher, and Dan Siegel, along with 150 other presenters, not only helped the Networker Symposium celebrate its 35th anniversary, but illuminated a new vision of integrative mental healthcare.
Too many therapists today confuse the healing release of tears with the helpless despair triggered by reliving traumatizing memories in therapy.
Our understanding of what happens when we weep hasn’t progressed much beyond Freud’s theory of catharsis. However, knowing how our nervous systems work can help guide what we do—and don’t do—when clients burst into tears.
Resonating with clients’ inner experience is key to being able to work effectively with emotion in therapy. With traumatized and shutdown clients, however, becoming attuned is easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.