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Grounding Techniques

Following a trauma, it’s normal to experience flashbacks, feelings of disconnection or anxiety, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Managing emotions becomes increasingly difficult, and the mind may seem to be taken over by painful thoughts and feelings.

The Grounding Techniques worksheet describes four skills used for controlling intense emotional experiences and regaining mental focus. Grounding techniques work by focusing attention on the present moment, and bringing attention back to reality.

This worksheet is designed for individuals who have experienced a trauma and continue to have symptoms of dissociation. We suggest using this tool as an outline for practicing grounding exercises in session, and as a take-home reminder for clients.

Or, try a guided grounding exercise using our audio resource:

References: Najavits, L. (2002). Seeking safety: A treatment manual for PTSD and substance abuse. Guilford Publications.
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