All change is challenging, even in the right direction. Right down to the cellular level, we can be in either bracing + defense mode or healing + growth mode...not both at once.
The solution to working through patient bracing is to create a space that feels safe, and work with them to unwind, rather than trying to forcibly do something to them (even if it seems like the right thing).
This may seem like common sense, but it really is that simple!
Creating safe space
Because all change is challenging (even in the right direction), it's imperative that we create an environment that is conducive to shifting into "healing" mode.
Individuals with a history of trauma may be in a state of chronic fight-or-flight mode, which means that all sensory sensitivity is heightened. This means...