© Helen Lesser 2016
Occasionally, a patient is so fixed on one particular event as being the cause of their suffering that it can create difficulties in treatment. Perhaps it is some traumatic event that was so awful that they feel it ‘must be’ the cause; perhaps it was simply the first time they experienced their particular symptom (the ISE or initial sensitising event) – but whatever it is, holding on to that fixed notion is likely to delay or even prevent you from moving the treatment on to uncover additional information.
If explaining the matter to them (consciously) does not help or if they seem to consciously understand that knowing about that event hasn’t helped them be free of the symptom but the direction of the session still reverts to this same information, the following might help steer your treatment towards more useful, productive information:
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