Trauma Informed Practice
6 Tools To Help Create a Trauma Informed Environment For Your Clients
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We have two ears, two eyes and only one mouth. Honour the 4:1 ratio by listening attentively to the spoken word and the meaning, and watching for emotional expressions and non-verbal responses. Clients want to be witnessed, listened to and most importantly understood.
ACTION: Listen in an unconditional way. Allow the narrative to unfold and resist the urge to provide the answers – they will come when you ask the right questions.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your own experience and cultIvating an attitude of reflection rather than reaction. The more you’re able to stay present in that experience, the more you’ll be able to connect with, listen to and respond appropriately to your clients.
ACTION: Mindful starts in the moment. Breathe with mindful
intention, use your breath like an anchor on a ship – it will keep you in the same place (the
present) and to stop your mind from drifting off course.
Clients often arrive for therapy with the belief that
professionals aren’t interested in their lives or that they’re not worth the effort.
ACTION: Adopt a beginners mind and ask your client about their life and interests. Become curious about how their experiences can support their journey to health, freedom and happiness.
WATCH: My short Master Class on the importance of cultivating Beginners Mind.
Practice empathy by stepping into the shoes of your clients. Visualise and
feel what it’s like to be him or her. Hold strong and really feel it. Now you have felt and understood it you need to let go of the feelings so you can step into your role as a coach and therapist.
ACTION: Doing this before
client meetings will help build rapport and cultivate great professional relationships.
WATCH: My short Master Class on the Clients Emotional Journey
Compassion is the desire to understand and alleviate pain and
suffering in ourselves and others. When clients know you are coming from a place of compassion rather than you’re
just doing your job, they will feel more connected to you, trust you and be more open to
working with you.
ACTION: Spend a few minutes every morning visualising your clients and send them compassion. Start by having compassion for yourself and generating feelings of loving kindness, then begin to send that loving kindness out to those you love, your clients and the the world. This is a great way to set yourself up for a successful client day
Our clients need to know that we are authentic and real. Self
disclosure is the practice of revealing personal information to build empowering
relationships. When our clients know that we have history and experience we add balance
and integrity to the relationship.
ACTION: Plan in advance what you’re willing to share.
Write down what you’re happy to disclose to your clients. Now write down what you’re not
comfortable disclosing. Remember if something surfaces during this exercise you can give it
some breathing space at your next supervision session.