Week 129: How to Help Clients Contextualize Their Triggers

November 26 – December 1, 2018

November 26 – December 1, 2018 . . . . .

WEEK 129

November 26 – December 1, 2018


Monday, November 26, 2018

One Key Practice to Help Clients Reframe an Emotional Trigger

Steven Hayes, PhD explores how to help clients find a balance between avoiding emotions and feeling overwhelmed by them.
Running time: 09:38

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Working with Trauma- or Attachment-Related Triggers

Pat Ogden, PhD explores the treatment implications of establishing whether a client’s triggers are rooted in trauma or attachment issues.
Running time: 09:02

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Protective Value of Emotional Triggers

Miguel Gallardo, PhD shares an exercise to help clients track their emotional triggers and response patterns.
Running time: 09:50

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

How to Work with Triggers That Stem from Cultural Stereotypes

Shelly Harrell, PhD shares two strategies for helping a client reduce reactivity to an emotional trigger.
Running time: 13:23

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Critical Insights

Kelly McGonigal, PhD and Ron Siegel, PsyD highlight the key concepts in this week’s videos.
Running time: 27:10

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Focus on Application

Rick Hanson, PhD and Joan Borysenko, PhD, connect exercises and techniques with this week’s discussion so you can begin using these ideas right away with your clients.
Running time: 19:40

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7 Responses

  1. It is so refreshing to have Shelly Harrell and Miguel Gallardo’s raising more discussions about valid external triggers (societal and political), especially given the current atmosphere in the US, when what used to be covert microaggressions are no longer hidden and even more abound. There is definitely a tendency to pathologize target groups for getting triggered and reacting, and it’s crucial to normalize reactions by acknowledging the validity of such triggers. I especially appreciated Shelly Harrell’s distinction between triggers related to past adverse experiences (from which the client is often protected in the present) vs. being targeted on a daily basis, which leads to continuous retraumatization in the present. That really speaks to Rick Hanson’s “death by a 1000 papercuts” metaphor.

  2. I appreciated Pat Ogden’s story about “Jim” who was easily triggered by the thought of disapproval. I associate this story with the clients with whom I’ve worked (and most were children) who have perfectionist personalities where they can’t forgive themselves for even a minor mistake. Sometimes the sessions were with parents as well, and it did not seem the high expectation was coming from them.

    For these particular clients, there was no trauma history; instead, this was who they were at their core. One part of the therapeutic task was to notice when their perfectionist striving took over, externalize it, (in the narrative sense of Michael White) even dialogue with it, and also to befriend imperfection somewhere in their lives.

    In line with Pat Ogden’s description, almost all of these clients, adults and children, also had somatic symptoms of discomfort that accompanied the extreme striving. So the other part of the task was to mindfully become aware of what they were feeling in their body and the associations with what they were thinking about doing or doing at the moment.

  3. Looks like similar problem from last week, no transcript, I would like to have those particularly at the start as I have free time on a Monday night to read them, but they are not available to print, it was fine for last couple months, its just these last two weeks