Basic information about the mind body connection is critical for any therapeutic professional to understand. If you offer CBT, life coaching, even physical therapy, offering clients a process for better managing the chemistry of emotion and the physiology of stress WILL enhance the effects of any other improvement method. Professionals do not have to become neuroscientists or feel intimidated to learn basics about the mind body connection, but doing such, and increasing your client’s knowledge of that aspect of their problems, will powerfully strengthen what you offer.

Underlying any problem or issue a client brings are emotions. At their most basic, emotions are made up of physical and chemical reactions in the brain and body. How directly do the methods you offer address the physical and chemical eruption of emotion? This is the reason so many professionals are turning to mindfullness and other meditation focused techniques. Many, though, are instructing clients in ways of meditating or quieting their minds but are not clearly or effectively helping clients understand how this truly helps address the problems that brought them for help. The professionals are not effectively answering the UNSTATED QUESTION “How does doing this help me to gain self-control over my problem?”

Clients are concerned about marriage and family problems, financial issues, effects of physical problems or disease. They are focused on specifics. Therapeutic professionals are stepping back and focused on thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that precipitate the problems. The effects of using reframing techniques for ineffective thinking, modification techniques for ineffective behaviors or working with clients to help them develop more effective life strategies will be weakened of their vulnerability to emotions underlying those thoughts, behaviors or ineffective strategies remain.

A critical fact that all therapists must keep in mind is at their most basic, emotions are physical and chemical eruptions in the brain and body. Even if a meditative technique is taught, is it being taught effectively…is a strong link being made between doing the process and better management of their concerns?…is the client given a basic picture of what is at its most basic level?…is their ongoing discussion and reeducation of the role of the meditative technique in gaining self-control over their concern?

If clients are procrastinating or dropping the use of meditative techniques offered, the focus should not be on their lack of self-control but on more effectively teaching and integrating the technique into the therapeutic process.