My client this morning doesn’t have the words, or tears, or a voice to express her anger. She does have the ability to pick at her jeans, tear holes in her pant cuffs, and wring her sweatshirt.
Her hurt and anger need much stronger expressions to fully process, but those tools are not currently in her tool box. So, for now, I’ve encouraged her to wring her sweatshirt as hard as possible, to tear a pair of jeans to shreds, to pick until her fingers hurt.
At the same time we’ll see if we can add some more productive expressions when she’s ready.
You help people when you allow them to use whatever tools they’re comfortable with.
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