1. Scaling questions using client’s language-e.g., 0=paralyzed; 10=absolutely no fear.
Especially invite describing the positive state (calm, relaxed, etc.) --in client’s own words.

2. How were you able to stop obsessing?

3. How did you manage to increase your calm?

4. What will it look like when you’re comfortable?

5. Tell me about a time when you were calm. Wow! How did you do that?

6. Tell me about a time when anxiety wasn’t a problem.

7. Tell me about a time when you had some anxiety and got through it.

8. Tell me about a time when the anxiety was a little less.

9. Tell me about a time when you were starting to move into panic but didn’t.

10. How did you keep panic from happening?

11. When you are comfortable, what will your body be telling you that’s different?

12. When you are relaxed, what will you be saying to other people? What will they notice about
you?

13. What will you be doing instead?

14. How will the realization that anxiety is a common reaction help you?

15. Tell me about a time when being energized helped you to be at your best. How did it help you
do exactly what you needed to do? Wow!

Source: Solution Focused Anxiety Management by Ellen Quick, Ph. D., Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association