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The focus of Bowen Therapy is on achieving two overarching long term goals. Increasing differentiation and decreasing emotional reactivity to chronic anxiety. Correlating, decreasing anxiety generally preceded increasing differentiation.

In terms of intervention, it is the therapists ability to embody the theory of differentiation. To lead by example, the therapist role models and interacts with the clients so that they may experience low levels of emotional anxiety.

The therapist would ask a lot of ‘process questions’ to help the client separate thoughts from feelings, self from others. Examples of process questions are: “Why is it threatening when your partner has a different opinion to you?”; “Why do you feel you’re being judged?”.

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