The first step in any therapeutic work is to establish an atmosphere of ease, comfort and safety. This is cultivated by the client and therapist gradually getting to know each other and relaxing in each other’s company. Trust emerges naturally and this gradual process is supported by the therapist’s authentic empathy, care and genuine interest in the client. Clients are invited to settle into a more open state from which to explore thoughts and feelings, without the fear of being judged or misunderstood. During this phase, focus is also placed on helping the clients to learn how to regulate states of tension and relaxation, through practical methods such as mindfulness and awareness of the body and mind. As the nervous system moves from physiological arousal (fight/flight/freeze) to a state of calm, one begins to feel more in control of emotions, thoughts and physical sensations. A calm nervous system also means that the mind is more focused in the sessions, which helps clients to benefit more from the therapeutic work.