How to deal with worry
Here are some ideas to use with worry:
- Get the client to write down exactly what they are worried about and how the items are a problem.
- Tackle the items on the list one by one. Question their accuracy and truth.
- Look for one thing they can do about each item on the list.
- Select one of these that they can succeed at easily.
- Decide a time at which they can take that action.
- Get them to report back after having taken the action.
WORST CASE SCENARIO
- Ask the client what is the worst that can happen (realistically!).
- Get them to imagine the worst happening, or role-play it with them if appropriate.
- See how it is for them, and ask how they imagine coping.
- Get them to write down their feelings and responses.
- Now look at what is likely to happen.
- Ask them how they will cope with that.
- Look at how much responsibility they have about what will happen.
- If it is up to them, use âBe Clearâ above, if not, then use other techniques, as appropriate
NB: it can be useful to separate worry from anxiety. Of course they may well be linked but it is perfectly possible to be anxious and not worry and vice versa.