Witness anxiety can be a damaging barrier to effective testimony. We assess witnesses to understand the source of their anxiety (e.g., fear of public speaking, concern about damaging the case, fear of looking incompetent, etc.) then apply cutting edge, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral techniques to modify anxiety, bringing it into an optimal range for peak performance. Some of our techniques include:
- Cognitive reappraisal (e.g, changing catastrophic cognitions that lead to anxiety & poor performance)
- Reduction of safety/avoidance/anxiety-driven behaviors (e.g., lack of eye contact, speaking too softly, fidgeting, talking too much or too little, looking to the attorney for reassurance, etc)
- Video taped feedback (helps witnesses see they don’t look as anxious as they feel, thus reducing anxiety; also aids in identification and elimination of visible safety behaviors)
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