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Making sessions more engaging for clients: A reframe

Making sessions more engaging for clients: A reframe

How can we inspire clients to fully immerse themselves and commit wholeheartedly? Rather than just going through the motions, how do we light that inner fire that drives them to engage deeply?

You know the type of client I'm talking about - the ones who show up physically, but aren't really present emotionally or psychologically. Maybe they're holding back, keeping their guard up, or simply skimming the surface without submerging themselves in the deeper waters of self-exploration.


Turning off autopilot

Sessions with clients like that can start to feel pretty one-note and lacking energy after a while. It becomes like checking a box without any profound sense of movement or momentum building. Both therapist and client can easily slip into just going through the motions on autopilot.

Now contrast that with sessions where the client is truly invested and actively participating in their own growth journey. They arrive focused and ready to delve inward.

When a client brings that level of engagement, it awakens a certain magic in the room. You can sense them metabolizing new tools and perspectives in real time. Stringing together lightning-bolt realizations as they courageously forge new paths of being.

So how cam we kindle that degree of passion and commitment? It begins with cultivating a profound emotional attunement where the client feels fully seen and understood at their core essence. Beyond just their circumstances - they recognize that you "get" them on a soulful level.

When that resonant bond emerges and they feel held in unconditional acceptance, it creates a safe space for them to engage more fearlessly. The masks and walls can dissolve because there's no charged air of judgment, only an authentic embracing of their whole self.


The big reframe

It's also powerful to reframe therapy not as a passive "being therapized" experience, but as an active collaboration that demands full investment from both parties. The therapist doesn't dole out interventions while the client receives - you're partners hiking the healing path together while the client reclaims authorship of their own growth.

Frame it as their chance to escape the narratives and scripts that have confined them. To study the roots of their own storylines and then rewrite their entire personal mythology from the inside-out. When you position it like that, their eyes light up with determination - "This isn't just checking off tasks, it's a full reclamation of my selfhood!"

From there, it's about keeping each session dynamic, spontaneous, and deeply engaging. Vary the pace. Interject playfulness and resonant metaphors. Craft an experience they genuinely look forward to rather than dreading.

But ultimately, I think the core is ensuring your client recognizes you as a fellow human who sees them as a whole, imperfect, courageous person too. Not just treating them as a diagnosis or prioritizing protocols over presence. When that authentic bond becomes the bedrock, it unlocks deep reservoirs of vitality.

They realize you've got their back and will journey through the trials and rebirths alongside them as a trustworthy guide. This work becomes more than just paying lip service to the idea of change - it's a full embodiment of new ways of being. And they show up ready to give their whole heart because they trust you and the process.

Let me know if any of that rings true for you or how else you might approach this engagement puzzle. It's certainly no simple feat, but when you crack that code with someone, it's incredibly energizing and inspiring!

How can we inspire clients to fully immerse themselves and commit wholeheartedly? Rather than just going through the motions, how do we light that inner fire that drives them to engage deeply?

You know the type of client I'm talking about - the ones who show up physically, but aren't really present emotionally or psychologically. Maybe they're holding back, keeping their guard up, or simply skimming the surface without submerging themselves in the deeper waters of self-exploration.


Turning off autopilot

Sessions with clients like that can start to feel pretty one-note and lacking energy after a while. It becomes like checking a box without any profound sense of movement or momentum building. Both therapist and client can easily slip into just going through the motions on autopilot.

Now contrast that with sessions where the client is truly invested and actively participating in their own growth journey. They arrive focused and ready to delve inward.

When a client brings that level of engagement, it awakens a certain magic in the room. You can sense them metabolizing new tools and perspectives in real time. Stringing together lightning-bolt realizations as they courageously forge new paths of being.

So how cam we kindle that degree of passion and commitment? It begins with cultivating a profound emotional attunement where the client feels fully seen and understood at their core essence. Beyond just their circumstances - they recognize that you "get" them on a soulful level.

When that resonant bond emerges and they feel held in unconditional acceptance, it creates a safe space for them to engage more fearlessly. The masks and walls can dissolve because there's no charged air of judgment, only an authentic embracing of their whole self.


The big reframe

It's also powerful to reframe therapy not as a passive "being therapized" experience, but as an active collaboration that demands full investment from both parties. The therapist doesn't dole out interventions while the client receives - you're partners hiking the healing path together while the client reclaims authorship of their own growth.

Frame it as their chance to escape the narratives and scripts that have confined them. To study the roots of their own storylines and then rewrite their entire personal mythology from the inside-out. When you position it like that, their eyes light up with determination - "This isn't just checking off tasks, it's a full reclamation of my selfhood!"

From there, it's about keeping each session dynamic, spontaneous, and deeply engaging. Vary the pace. Interject playfulness and resonant metaphors. Craft an experience they genuinely look forward to rather than dreading.

But ultimately, I think the core is ensuring your client recognizes you as a fellow human who sees them as a whole, imperfect, courageous person too. Not just treating them as a diagnosis or prioritizing protocols over presence. When that authentic bond becomes the bedrock, it unlocks deep reservoirs of vitality.

They realize you've got their back and will journey through the trials and rebirths alongside them as a trustworthy guide. This work becomes more than just paying lip service to the idea of change - it's a full embodiment of new ways of being. And they show up ready to give their whole heart because they trust you and the process.

Let me know if any of that rings true for you or how else you might approach this engagement puzzle. It's certainly no simple feat, but when you crack that code with someone, it's incredibly energizing and inspiring!

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