I’ve been asked this question many times and I always struggle to answer it in a few words. You see, therapy is more than a theory, technique or collection of tools.
It’s true the right technique for the right person at the right time can be like magic, but no technique works for everyone, all of the time.
In my view, therapy is more like an art form (hence the name Art of Change Therapy :-)). It is more about our interaction, finding what will work for you as an individual. Together we build tools that you can use in your life, we create techniques that are specific to you.
Having said that, there are principles I follow, such as the basic human needs, which help us to move forward. I have theoretical knowledge, like what depression really is and how to assist people to step out of it. And there are a variety of techniques that I use (for the right person at the right time).
Below is a short explanation about some of those principles and how they work.
What is Brief Therapy?
Modern psychotherapy is different than the traditional ‘old-school’ therapy, which digs into the past, looking for an insight into causes and results in talking in circles session after session. We skip theories and ideologies full of complex definitions and jargon. We begin to align therapy for your personal needs, for a much shorter and more effective therapy.
- We focus on specific measurable goals
- Find out what already works well in your life and maximise it
- Use therapeutic tasks to put ideas into action
- Take a new, fresh perspective with humour and storytelling
What is solution-focused hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a state of narrow focus of attention and naturally occurs during the day (like in day-dreaming or when we are absorbed in a movie or a book). In a session, you will be guided into a calm and relaxed state of mind.
In this state, it is possible to:
- Update instinctive responses
- Access unconscious resources
- Connect these positive resources to the situations in your life when you need them most
- Change habits
- Rehearse new behaviours
After a session, most people find that they feel relaxed and change happens almost immediately, in the most natural way.
How It All Fits Together
Thanks to recent international research about how the brain works and deeper biological and evolutionary understanding, we now have more real knowledge than ever in our hands. We should use all this knowledge and bring it into the therapy setting, fitting this knowledge to the person, and not the other way around. After all, a therapy is just a means to an end. The changes need to happen in your life. Once the goal(s) have been achieved, the therapy ends.
Bringing together age-old wisdom with cutting-edge knowledge of neuroscience and the latest psychology research creates a very effective and unique counselling therapy.
“Focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.”