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In reading Dr. Najavits work focused on developing Seeking Safety treatment for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring disorders, what I have found most inspiring centered on the manner in which the author pays careful attention to ensuring all the material presented in groups relates to the client's life. For example, individuals are encouraged to explore questions that will help them focus on the topic for that day. One example I found most moving was the topic connected to increasing self- compassion. Individuals are encouraged to compare harsh talk with compassionate talk and are also encouraged to ask themselves questions for further exploration. Granted not all individuals will respond well to this approach especially if they are not accustomed to delving deeply into their minds, but once they begin practicing, it can quickly become second nature with enough practice. For example, what is moving is that individuals can reflect on questions like, "If I loved myself truly, what would I be saying to myself every day?" In order to break individuals out of the habit of negative self-talk, they are encouraged to do quite a bit of experimentation when using kinder language becomes a challenge. For example, they might begin using thought stopping when negative self-talk increases and make a stronger effort to access words of kindness towards self. Another way to tap into the use of more gentle language towards self, is to help the client visualize him or herself as a young child who has made a mistake and direct more compassionate words towards themselves.In reading Dr. Najavits work focused on developing Seeking Safety treatment for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring disorders, what I have found most inspiring has been the manner in which the author pays careful attention to ensuring all the material presented in groups relates to the client's life. For example, individuals are encouraged to explore questions that will help them focus on the topic for that day. One example I found most moving was the topic connected to increasing self- compassion. Individuals are encouraged to compare harsh talk with compassionate talk and are also encouraged to ask themselves questions for further exploration. Granted not all individuals will respond well to this approach especially if they are not accustomed to delving deeply into their minds, but once they begin practicing, it can quickly become second nature with enough practice. For example, what is moving is that individuals can reflect on questions like, "If I loved myself truly, what would I be saying to myself every day?" In order to break individuals out of the habit of negative self-talk, they are encouraged to do quite a bit of experimentation when using kinder language becomes a challenge. For example, they might begin using thought stopping when negative self-talk increases and make a stronger effort to access words of kindness towards self. Another way to tap into the use of more gentle language towards self, is to help the client visualize him or herself as a young child who has made a mistake and direct more compassionate words towards themselves.

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