Noticing feelings is the first key task of the psychodynamic process. Often clients are not aware of the emotions they are having. That’s where you, the clinician, come in. By knowing the basic universal facial expressions of emotions you will be able to accurately identify your client’s emotional states in session to help him develop a better awareness of what each feels like to him.
To develop these skills further and receive intensive training, you can turn to the work of Dr. Paul Ekman and check out his website at www.paulekman.com