You can view the way people hold their memories as a pattern based on both time and direction. Clues about how your clients conceptualise time crop up in the language they use. Statements such as ‘That's all behind me now’ or ‘I'm looking forward to that next week’ imply that they hold memories of the past behind them and thoughts of the future ahead of them. They may also look to or indicate a particular direction when talking of an event.
When you understand how people organise their concepts of time, you can more easily coach them according to their natural patterns. You can also teach them ways to be more flexible in their approaches, to separate from painful memories and to make their dreams of the future more compelling.
To help your client get a sense of the way she experiences time, help her identify her concept of time.