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from the therapists tool box

Postby birdsong87 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:21 pm

Our new therapist seems to know a lot a helpful tools and exercises and all kinds of small tricks. we learn something new every time we see her. I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can collect the tricks and tools she is using/ teaching us and maybe others can join in and share tools they have learnt from their therapists.

one of the exercises we do for homework is what she called synchronisation.

the base is a mindful breathing meditation, but we try to do it together, each part being mindful about a different fragment of the experience off the exercise. like one is paying attention to the movement in the belly, 1 feels the shoulders move with the breath, 1 feels the air at the nose, one listens to the sound of breath, one says " breathe in, breath out" and because Asti has a monkey mind she imagines the picture of a balloon filling with air. then we try to blend together our experiences to create a full body experience that we all share. I think this is pretty advanced, but the Littles really like doing it, they say it feels good, and it helps all of us to do this in the morning to collect ourselves. the Qiu also showed that it increases heart rate variability, which means that it supports the nervous system in recovery.

today someone inside was in hyper arousal and I couldn't engage her in conversation because she was way out of her window of tolerance. dbt skills where useless because she was not connected to the body or the outside. the T asked her 2 " go" into a hand, like send awareness down one arm and into one hand. it sounded weird but we tried. she then asked me to take my other hand 2 Cup the first one in a supportive gesture, taking some of the weight and just holding it. 4 the part inside that almost felt like a hug, it felt like real support and she was able to calm down, feel more connected, as our hands connected, not alone, and we were able to find the problem. I think this is a genius way to support someone inside who is hard to reach or cannot speak or needs a little extra support.
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Re: from the therapists tool box

Postby ItsJustUs » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:46 pm

I really like the sound of this tool. Thank you for sharing!

And I like the idea of sharing from the "therapists' tool boxes!" Since we are all different, and all of our T's are different, and one T may know of a tool that another doesn't... This seems like an awesome "community service" project!

I must say, I really am glad you are here, Birdsong. I've gotten so much helpful advice from your posts. Thank you for putting yourself out there, and for caring about others, especially since no one here really knows anyone else here outside in the real world (mostly, anyway, I know there are some exception, probably).

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