1. The therapist may habitually bind anxiety- that is try to gain control of personal anxiety by providing premature and unrealistic reassurance to clients.2. The therapist may try to avoid anxiety by inadvertently avoiding discussing or recognizing possibly provocative or emotionally latent issues. While the therapist does not reassure clients prematurely, he or she is unable to hear and be with the clients- that is remain open and available.3. The therapist absorbs the anxiety and takes it upon him or herself. He or she becomes overwhelmed and finds it increasingly difficult to stay emotionally present.4. The therapist escalates the anxiety. This is relatively rare. The escalating therapist appears to enjoy exacerbating clients' conflict and anxiety. He or she may be vicariously enjoying the ensuing fight or "slow burn."5. The therapist approaches the anxiety within him/herself as well as within and between the persons in therapy. Approaching anxiety provides a therapeutic context for conversation and exploration without contamination from the therapist's latent anxiety.