The “Shovel Technique”

I am glad that your phrase about it “being safe enough to realize how afraid you have been” worked. I would suggest you continue with it, saying the phrase and then saying to your counselor the first thought that occurs to you after saying it, then saying the phrase again. 

I call this the “shovel technique,” in which the phrase is used as a shovel, and you speak out your first thoughts in between to show what the shovel has turned up.  

Harvey Jackins
From a letter written in 1976

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