Emotions are experienced with all of our senses, and in return, it impacts the way our behaviors are presented. I often ask clients to share with me how their emotions are influencing their behaviors. Or, where, inside their bodies are they feeling the emotions, may it be in their chest, their back, their throat, etc… Emotions manifest in several ways; a good example of this is when a person experiences trauma.
Similarly, as a therapist, the same things occur without us being prepared for emotions to influence our behaviors. The more attuned we are to these behaviors, we can begin to understand what it is like to be in our client’s position. They are often flooded with emotions that seem confusing and overwhelming. Our bodies speak when our emotions can’t make words. This is one of the reasons why I value art.