Jeff Levy, LCSW
Mental Health, Relationships, Trauma, Identity
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, and Linked In, December 2017)
I was recently thinking about sessions over the course of the last few weeks that went smoothly, and those where I felt like we hit some bumps or that we stalled. I tried to remember the things I did or questions I asked that I thought helped all of us in the room feel some movement. There were many ideas and questions I jotted down, but five stood out to me as particularly helpful.
While I know there are no quick fixes to change the direction of a session that feels like it is stalled, I still look for strategies to support people in making the changes that bring them to my office, even in the context of a single session. Maybe it’s unrealistic to think that lasting change can happen in a session. But I believe there are ways we can invite ourselves and our clients to consider intentional shifts, even in the context of a single session.
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