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Warming up at the start of a session

Warming up at the start of a session

Jun 20, 2024

Before diving into deep work, take a few minutes to transition intentionally into the appointment. A brief "warm up" helps you get grounded and primed for productive processing.

Here are some tips to warm up at the start of your session.

Body Awareness

Do a quick body scan. Notice any areas of tension and consciously breathe into those spaces. Getting present in your physical form aids mental presence.

Emotional Check-In

Name your current emotional state and mental weather out loud. "I'm feeling anxious today" or "I've been stuck in self-criticism lately." This glimpse into your interior provides helpful context.

State Your Intention

If you set an intention for what you wanted to focus on, restate it clearly. "My goal was to explore my codependency patterns." This centers the aim.

Share Key Updates

Give a brief bullet-pointed update on major life events since your last session - changes, stressors, milestones. This keeps your therapist looped into circumstances. You can use your journal or an app like Verba to communicate what you have been up to in the past few weeks.

Settle Into the Space

For in-office sessions, try grounding techniques like deep breathing or meditation. For virtual sessions, handle any lighting, close extra tabs, silence notifications.

Voice Your Needs

Based on your state, let your therapist know if you need any specific kind of support upfront. "I could use more containment" or "Using a timer may help my focus."

Taking just 5-10 minutes to get centered allows you to fully show up for the vulnerability and openness required for transformative work. A purposeful warm up primes you up to go deeper.

Before diving into deep work, take a few minutes to transition intentionally into the appointment. A brief "warm up" helps you get grounded and primed for productive processing.

Here are some tips to warm up at the start of your session.

Body Awareness

Do a quick body scan. Notice any areas of tension and consciously breathe into those spaces. Getting present in your physical form aids mental presence.

Emotional Check-In

Name your current emotional state and mental weather out loud. "I'm feeling anxious today" or "I've been stuck in self-criticism lately." This glimpse into your interior provides helpful context.

State Your Intention

If you set an intention for what you wanted to focus on, restate it clearly. "My goal was to explore my codependency patterns." This centers the aim.

Share Key Updates

Give a brief bullet-pointed update on major life events since your last session - changes, stressors, milestones. This keeps your therapist looped into circumstances. You can use your journal or an app like Verba to communicate what you have been up to in the past few weeks.

Settle Into the Space

For in-office sessions, try grounding techniques like deep breathing or meditation. For virtual sessions, handle any lighting, close extra tabs, silence notifications.

Voice Your Needs

Based on your state, let your therapist know if you need any specific kind of support upfront. "I could use more containment" or "Using a timer may help my focus."

Taking just 5-10 minutes to get centered allows you to fully show up for the vulnerability and openness required for transformative work. A purposeful warm up primes you up to go deeper.

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Advait Naik

Advait is the founder of Verba and works at the intersection of psychology, design and technology to create a product that can help humans be more self aware through clarity