How do psychologists make a neutral expression?

1. When dealing with emotional problems and patients, having a neutral expression is necessary sometimes. How do they or anyone for that matter can keep a completely neutral expression even when overwhelmed with emotions?

2. Also, if someone is looking for/instigating a reaction, how do they not react and keep a neutral face?

Hello Brown,

Thank you for submitting these questions to me at AllExperts! Psychologists learn, over the course of their training how to make a neutral expression when it is appropriate. I prefer to me genuine in the therapy that I provide and therefore if I am overwhelmed by emotion in a session, I will likely express this, as appropriate. If there is some therapeutic reason for me to remain more detached and neutral, then I will do so. During these times, there are many strategies that I may use for this purpose. Without a clear scenario to work from, I would be unable to provide strategies and these would best be acquired through formal training.

To your second question, there are times when a client is pulling for a certain, desired reaction. During these time, again, I turn to my training and attempt to use the strategies that best suit the situation. I have to admit, however, that I sometimes err in my response. There is always room for improvement.

Best wishes,
Dr. Luna


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Kristina Luna


I specialize in clinical psychology with particular experience in clinical hypnosis, borderline personality disorder, LGBTQ, and aging. I have not worked with children for several years and would not feel comfortable answering child and adolescent based questions. My interests in adult psychology are fairly diverse, so please, sent me a question and lets see if I can help.


I have been working in the field of psychology, to some degree, since 1998. Initially, my work was more behaviorally based, but through my educational and training experiences, I have expanded to a more eclectic viewpoint. I have taught introductory psychology and have worked in college counseling. I have also studied hypnosis for several years, completing my dissertation on basic research in hypnosis. Finally, I completed my internship and residency in a transitional treatment program for young adults (18 - 16) with difficulty transitioning from home.

Doctor of Psychology 2009 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania Master of Arts in Psychology 2002 MCP Hahnemann/Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1997 Keuka College Keuka Park, New York

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