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On the last track we discussed overriding obsessive anxiety. In addition to discussing ways clients can prepare for this technique, we focused on the two steps to overriding obsessive anxiety. The two steps are exposure and response prevention.
Clearly your client’s present is inextricably linked to his or her past. Do you recall Janelle from Track 5: Uncertainty Training? Janelle was weighed down by regret, pain, and guilt over things that happened decades ago and was therefore unable to live fully in the present. Would you agree that as long as Janelle perpetually gazed over her shoulder, she would continue to struggle with anxiety? Think of your Janelle. Does your client feel distracted? Does he or she complain of feeling less alive than he or she is? Does your client’s past seep into the present and contaminate almost every one of his or her thoughts, feelings, and actions?
On the next two tracks we will discuss Past Redemption. Our discussion will be identified by the first and second keys to past redemption. This track will cover the first key to past redemption. We will also introduce the “Healing Hurts” Technique. As you listen to this track, you might consider your anxiety client. Could he or she benefit from hearing this track, perhaps in a future session?
The First Key to Past Redemption
Before Janelle got too nervous about rummaging through painful memories, I explained why it was necessary. I stated, “By healing the pain from your past, you will be protecting yourself from repeating the pain in your present - especially in your relationships. That may sound strange, but we use new relationships as replacement parts for old hurts and old losses.
As you probably know, the repetition of being deprived of things she looked forward to led Janelle to harboring negative feelings. I asked Janelle how her reactions as an adult toward similar situations compared with those of when she was a child.
As you know, the pain from Janelle’s past was suddenly more painful than she ever wanted to admit. If your client was wounded by betrayal from a friend in his or her past and that pain has never been healed, that client is likely to become highly sensitive to signs of betrayal in present friendships.
By the way, when this pattern of trying to heal the past through current relationships develops, clients will have created a much bigger problem. In addition to anxiety, clients may no longer relate to people, but only to what they represent, which in turn causes additional anxiety. In other words, the new person in a client’s life will not really be the object of your feelings.
Technique: Healing Hurts
On this track we discussed the first key to past redemption. We also introduced the “Healing Hurts” CBT Technique.
On the next track we will discuss the second key to past redemption. As you will see, the second key to past redemption is restitution. We will also discuss living in the present.
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