VIDEO: How to Help Clients Cope With Overwhelming Emotion

Joan Klagsbrun on Three Focusing Techniques That Work

Intense emotion in the consulting room can leave some clients overwhelmed; others shut down. Either response can derail your session. Now here’s some help for getting therapy back on track and moving forward in real time.

In this video, Joan Klagsbrun—Focusing expert—demonstrates 3 simple techniques you can use with clients to help them restore a “right relationship” to their inner experience and then process the intense emotional feelings in an appropriate and manageable way.

Joan calls this process “befriending your emotions.” Watch her video now to learn techniques you can use the next time intense emotion comes into play in a session.


Joan Klagsbrun

Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, is a psychologist who has taught Focusing to the public and mental health professionals for over three decades and across seven continents.  She’s an adjunct professor at Lesley University and has published articles and book chapters, and other Focusing resources.

Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.