Jay Efran On Working Effectively With Client’s When They Cry.
There are all kinds of tears—tears of joy, grief, empathy, stress, and relief—to name just a few.
It’s the important work of therapists to understand what’s best to do when a client cries and to know when the best thing to do is nothing.
A professor of psychology, Jay Efran has developed a two-stage theory of tears that can help us in the moment. It’s built on an understanding of the physiology and psychobiology of tears, and on recognizing the connection between tears and parasympathetic recovery.
With this scientific foundation, Jay helps us explore the most effective way to respond when our clients cry. In this video clip, he lays out the basic thesis of the theory and gives a simple example to illustrate.
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You can learn more about Jay’s theory and approach from his article, written with Mitchell Greene, in the May/June 2012 issue of the Networker: “Why We Cry: A Clinician’s Guide”