Clients who struggle with PTSD, depression, and other stress-related conditions may have a tough time staying engaged in the consulting room. No matter how lively your approach may be, their minds are likely to wander.
According to Elisha Goldstein, author of the bestseller The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, keeping clients focused on the present moment in therapy is crucial to your success as a therapist. That’s why Elisha recommends a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach.
Elisha’s MBSR repertoire is filled with creative meditative exercises, like the body scan, that help clients reconnect to their bodies and also train their brain in mindfulness. Watch this video clip to hear Elisha explain the "mindful check-in"—a meditative breathing exercise to help clients self-regulate. It's an easy technique that only takes a few minutes and can be immediately incorporated into your work with unfocused clients.