Representational Interaction Method [RIM]


“What do you don’t when the client struggles to talk about what is bothering them?”

It has long been recognised that there is a gender difference in the willingness  and/or ability to discuss issues or seek help.  

A particular challenge for managers, EAP providers, trauma therapists and others is working with clients who are reluctant or struggle to put into words their thoughts, concerns and emotions.  

Industries particularly affected by such a restriction include agriculture, resources and construction where the stereotype still prevails of ‘real men’ never needing help or discussing anything other than sport, fishing and sex.


 Representational Interaction Method [RIM]  is a method for allowing clients unable or unwilling to articulate their feelings and experiences to find expression.

RIM provides an alternative to words.  Participants chose physical items to represent key themes, relationships, emotional connections, aspirations and barriers and place them within a container representing their ‘world’.

The value of RIM is that it enables anyone resistant to discussing their concerns to sidestep the verbal and instead use concrete objects to illustrate their inner world.  The result is a shortcut to resistance which fast-tracks the client to self-expression and practical outcomes.