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The following are some reminders about “techniques” that have played a good role and become somewhat standard.

“Techniques in Re-evaluation Counseling are general summaries of what has been found to be helpful or workable in the past experience of other Co-Counselors. At best, they are general indications of workable processes to be used in a session and almost always need modification for any particular situation in a particular session with a particular client.” (The List, 5.255)

“The correct specific technique is the one you invent at that moment, for that client, that session.” (Quotes, page 25)

“If you even borrow, as a formula for the present session, what you did yourself last week, you’ve quit thinking.” (Quotes, page 25)



 Paying attention


 Contradicting the distress

 Loaning confidence

 Putting attention away from distress and on reality


 Repeating phrases (repeating a key phrase over and over)

 Allowing the client to rehearse the distress while being pleased with the client and unbothered by the distress



 Discharging on earliest memories

 Taking responsibility for everything

 Acting as our inherent, human selves

 Participating in rational activities

 Taking action now and discharging later


 Taking or offering a different viewpoint than the one the client had been holding

 Planning to live every moment well

 Strategizing for re-emergence

 Playing games

 Keeping client’s and counselor’s notebooks up to date






 Counselor contradicting the client’s distress

 Client contradicting his or her own distress

 Contradicting different components of the distress (tone of voice, facial expression, posture)

 Taking a different role than usual in the recording

 Making up stories, using fantasies for occluded material

 Scorning fear

 Over-exaggerating fear

 Expressing terror cheerfully

 “First thought”—flash answers

 Interrupting control patterns

 Checking for identifications

 Telling dreams

 Speaking to God or to one’s “dear departed”

 Two people making lists of what each one wants in their relationship, etc.

 Early sexual memories

 Early memories about money

 Early memories of people with a different skin color, religion, gender, etc.

 Physical struggling with the counselor in an agreed-upon way

 Attention to the counselor (to the environment when the client has little attention available)

 Random memories—factual memories, pleasant memories, little upsets

 Rapid review of related experiences

 Re-telling an incident of powerlessness in a powerful role

 Aware physical contact and closeness

 Appearing to “over-meet” a “frozen need”

 Taking just a small step out of a heavy negative feeling 
(“I’m not the worst person who has ever lived.”)

 Standing guard

 For stutterers: have them repeat the one word they never stutter to enthusiastic applause over and over

 Exaggerated overagreeing with the content of the client’s distress with a tone of great seriousness

 “I wish” for . . . (stating goals)

 “The generalized understatement”

 The exchange of roles

 The Reality Agreement



 Oppressed role:
telling about the reality of the oppression; expressing pride

 Internalized oppression:
What do you like about being a Wygelian, what’s hard about it, what do you want others to understand, what do you want others to never say or do again.

 Working on oppressor material: 
earliest memory of Wygelian, times you were effective as an ally, times you didn’t stand up; 
caring about/closeness with Wygelians, making friends

taking pride in one’s identity: 
claiming it, cleaning it up, throwing it out



 Telling about one’s “loveliest love”

 “It’s great to be female!”

 “Heh, heh” for embarrassment

 Taking the blame: “It’s all my fault.”

 “You and me, counselor, completely close forever.”

 “I can.” “I will.” “I can and I will.”

 “Why do you love me, counselor?”

 “All for one and one for all.”


Harvey Jackins, Katie Kauffman, Diane Shisk
Seattle, Washington, USA




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