How to Help Clients Be More Present
Over 150 years ago, while walking in the woods, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is. I am out of my senses.” Today, being present is much more challenging! Drawing upon research, you’ll discover how to strengthen the mindfulness skills that allow for everything from processing new information and integrating new behaviors to regulating emotions. In fact, helping clients reclaim reflection may be the single-most important building block you can offer for healing, well-being, calm, and compassion. In a world with little time to “stop and smell the roses,” help clients take greater control over their lives. You’ll learn how to:
- Maximize therapy during and between sessions through powerful practices that encourage reflection and pause
- Reframe reflection to engage clients and help interrupt craving, impulsivity, and negativity
- Integrate reflection with CBT techniques
Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk, and award-winning author of over 15 books on mindfulness. His new book about the power of pause is Reflect on This: A Journal of Insights and Practices for Awakening to the Wisdom of Here and Now.