How Oxytocin Stimulates Trust and Connection, and Helps Relationships Heal
When clients are emotionally worked up, caught in fight-flight-freeze mode, all their hard-earned skills in empathic listening and responsible (and responsive) speaking go out the window. Nothing therapeutic is going to happen until they feel calm enough and safe enough to reengage with each other. But by teaching behavior that helps clients' brains release oxytocin, a naturally occurring hormone which stimulates feelings of bonding and trust, and reduces fear and anxiety, we can create potent catalysts of psycho-physiological change.
A Warm Bath for the Brain: Understanding oxytocin's role in therapeutic change
How to get through to clients caught in fight-flight-freeze mode.