- We can have the client see, hold, and handle a model of the brain, rather than simply telling them about concussion effects.
- We can have them confront their ambivalence about change with counterfactual tools like a "magic" bell or a jelly bean "pill."
- We can invite them to re-enact their motor vehicle accident with model cars - both to educate us about what happened and to confront their own memories.
- We can provide the metaphor of a sea anchor, a crystal ball, or a darkened lens while actually holding these objects.
Randy Paterson is the Director of Changeways Clinic, a private mental health center, and author of How to be Miserable, The Assertiveness Workbook, Private Practice Made Simple, and Your Depression Map. He is also the lead author of the Changeways Core Program, one of the world's most widely used group therapy treatment protocols for depression. He presents workshops for professional mental health providers across Canada and internationally.