One of the major obstacles to employing effective therapeutic techniques is when a client is experiencing the feeling of overwhelm. Whereas individual capacities may differ, the general rule of thumb when facing a client who has overextended their capacity on board is to provide comfort through presence (holding space).
This method however is very outdated and studies have shown that it may not be in the best interest of the client to remain inert in their grief or suffering without any form of feedback from their therapist.
Escape therapy , not to be confused with “escapism” is a therapy path which creates an outlet for the client to be able to view their situation from a bird’s eye view by retreating into a personal vacation in mind, distancing them temporarily from the “charge” around their trauma to make the situation manageable.
Escape therapy may involve the use of Lucia Light Therapy, Hypnosis. Guided or Virtually guided meditations and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) as an aid to moving the client from a state of “stuckness” to a place of resolve to face the challenges which have created the overwhelm.
Escape Therapy is not to be confused with escapism. It utilizes the natural on-board reactions of the human being learned through play in childhood to create distance from overly charged events where the client is feeling overwhelmed.