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Introducing a client to embodied attention

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David and Chrstie "Introducing a client to embodied attention" Video Introduction The first time a client is introduced to the practice of turning their attention inwards to their embodied experience, some additional coaching helps to orient them to what may be a novel process. What does David say here to give Christy some degree of choice in how she proceeds? What senses does he “recruit” in order to invite her to connect with the hear and now? In introducing the breath, how does he help her to differentiate the subtleties of her experience? How would you describe David’s auditory nonverbals through this sequence? What aspects of the counselor’s practice might you have done similarly/differently? Video Analysis There are many contexts where it might be useful for a client to take a moment to attend to their inner experience. This could be to further an exploration of that experience in the room in the here and now, or to prepare for doing more of this outside of the session. It’s a good idea to explain the potential utility of this practice before inviting someone to try it out. In coaching a client to engage in what is in effect an introductory guided meditation, it’s useful to direct their attention to what they notice directly through their senses—something we often neglect as we get caught up in thoughts which carry us to other places and times. Noticing the body in the chair and background sounds in the room are two easy ways to become more grounded in the moment. The breath is typically the anchor for many meditative practices and here David invites Christy to notice it at both the nostrils and the diaphragm. Over time she will choose which location works best for her. The debrief afterwards is an opportunity for clients to articulate what she was experiencing—information that can be used to make adjustments to the process.

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