The Therapist's Toolbox is like taking several years of seminars and reading a book or two. It is a time-saving and cost effective manual full of tried-and-tune techniques for enhancing therapeutic intervention with clients, written by a discerning and seasoned practitioner.
Aimed at practice with individual adults and couples, this manual is a collection of nonsense, helpful techniques drawn from Susan E. Carrell's vast experience throughout her career. Each technique is complete and easy to implement in a single session. The author's jargon-free, down-to-earth writing style makes each technique easy to understand and effective to use. Carrell provides treatment objective and diagnostic aids to help the clinician meet requirements for treatment planning, as well extensive examples from her own practice.
Chapter 18: Finding a Safe Place
Finding a Safe Place
This tool is useful in situations where anxiety is a prevailing theme for your client. Although medication is standard in treating anxiety, it is seldom enough in the long run. Also, there are those clients who resist or refuse medication for a variety of reasons. This technique is a nice alternative or addition to appropriate medication and talk therapy. Although a guided imagery tool, it offers a bit of a different twist. It differs from the process in Chapter 4, “Discovering the Inner Child,” in that your clients will be responding to you verbally as you move through the technique.
Tell your clients that this exercise involves relaxation and guided imagery. During the guided imagery, you will be asking ...