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Disciplines

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Blended Therapeutic Change (BTC) System

This is my own Personal System, which I have been working on for some time.

It encompasses the many aspects of the Disciplines I am highly qualified in, along with my own techniques and processes that I have created to create Lasting Change, quickly and easily.

This System is always developing with new Techniques and Technologies as I develop it, by developing myself.

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

Is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the "neuro" part of the phrase) through the use of language (the "linguistic" part) and other types of communication to enable a person to "recode" the way the brain responds to stimuli (that's the "programming") and manifest new and better behaviours. Neuro-Linguistic Programming often incorporates hypnosis and self-hypnosis to help achieve the change (or "programming") that is wanted.

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Hypnotherapy

Using the "Other Mind", we can create profound and lasting change in the areas of your life you need it most. Working with your unconscious mind, you could easily lose weight, stop smoking for good, increase your self esteem and confidence, overcome trauma and limiting beliefs.

I use Hypnotic Re-Patterning Techniques to create rapid and lasting change.

Gestalt Therapy

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Gestalt Therapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility and focuses on the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist-client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation. Developed in the late 1940s by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman, Gestalt Therapy integrates elements of psychoanalysis, existential philosophy, and Eastern thought.

Key aspects of Gestalt Therapy include:

1. **Here and Now Focus:** The therapy emphasizes understanding the present moment and the current feelings and thoughts of the individual, rather than delving into past experiences.
2. **Awareness:** Gestalt Therapy is centered on increasing a person's awareness, freedom, and self-direction. It focuses on the process of becoming aware of one's feelings and behaviors in the present moment.
3. **Holistic Perspective:** It views the individual as a complete person, considering their mind, body, and soul, and how they interact with their environment.
4. **Therapist-Client Relationship:** The therapist engages with the client in an authentic and transparent way, and the relationship itself is used as a tool for growth and change.
5. **Experiential Techniques:** Techniques like role-playing, dialogue with parts of self, and the "empty chair" technique are used to help individuals explore their feelings and emotions in a safe environment.
6. **Self-Regulation and Responsibility:** Individuals are encouraged to take responsibility for their own choices and to learn to self-regulate within their environment.
7. **Integration of Polarities:** The therapy often focuses on integrating conflicting aspects of the personality, such as the "top dog" and the "underdog," into a cohesive self.

Gestalt Therapy is particularly effective in helping individuals understand their feelings and needs, and in learning to live more fully in the present. It is applicable for a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and self-esteem issues.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy)

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), often referred to as "tapping" or psychological acupressure, is a therapeutic method that combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine and modern psychology.

Developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, EFT aims to address emotional distress by tapping on specific meridian points on the body.

Key aspects of EFT include:

1. Meridian Tapping: EFT involves tapping with the fingertips on specific meridian points on the head and upper body while focusing on an emotional issue. This tapping is believed to balance energy and reduce physical and emotional pain.


2. Combination of Physical and Verbal Elements: While tapping, individuals are guided to verbalise their problem or issue and an affirmation of self-acceptance, which helps to focus the mind on the specific concern.


3. Self-Acceptance Phrase: Typically, the process starts with the individual stating the problem along with a positive affirmation, such as "Even though I have this [problem], I deeply and completely accept myself."


4. Sequence and Repetition: The tapping is done in a specific sequence, and the process is usually repeated several times to ensure effectiveness.


5. Versatility in Addressing Issues: EFT is used to manage a range of emotional and physical issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, pain, and other emotional challenges.


6. Ease of Use and Accessibility: EFT can be easily learned and self-administered, making it a popular tool for personal stress management and emotional regulation.

EFT is valued by its practitioners and recipients for its simplicity, non-invasive nature, and potential to provide rapid relief from emotional distress. It is often used as a self-help technique and as a complement to other therapeutic approaches.

TFT (Thought Field Therapy)

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Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a psychological treatment designed to reduce emotional distress. It is somewhat similar to acupuncture but without the needles, and it's based on the concept of the body's energy field or "thought field." TFT was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Roger Callahan.

Key features of Thought Field Therapy include:

1) Tapping Sequence: TFT involves tapping with the fingers at specific meridian points on the body in a particular sequence. These points are believed to correspond to the body's energy field.

2) Tuning into the Specific Issue: The individual thinks about a specific problem or source of distress while performing the tapping sequence. This process is believed to help "tune" the body's energy field.

3) Algorithm Approach: TFT uses a precise and structured sequence of tapping, known as an algorithm, tailored to the specific issue being addressed.

4) Diagnosis and Treatment Tailoring: In advanced TFT, the sequence of tapping points is diagnosed and tailored for each individual and their specific emotional problem.

5) Focus on Negative Emotions or Thoughts: The therapy targets negative emotions or thoughts directly, with the aim of altering the body's energy field and reducing emotional distress.

TFT is often considered a part of the broader field of energy psychology. It is used for a variety of emotional issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, and trauma.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and modifying negative or distorted thinking patterns, emotional responses, and behaviours.

 

It is evidence-based and has been found effective for a range of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, phobias, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders, as well as for managing stress and improving overall emotional regulation.

Key features of CBT include:

1. Identification of Negative Thoughts: Helping patients recognise distorted thinking and re-evaluate them in light of reality.


2. Behavioral Change: Focusing on changing patterns of behavior that are contributing to a person's problems.


3. Skill Development: Teaching practical strategies to cope with and manage stress, improve emotional regulation, and solve problems effectively.


4. Problem-Solving: Encouraging a more active and problem-solving approach to challenges.


5. Structured Sessions: CBT is typically a short-term, goal-oriented therapy that involves a structured approach in sessions.


6. Homework Assignments: Encouraging patients to practice techniques learned in therapy in their daily lives, often through specific tasks or homework.

CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected, and that changing negative thought patterns can lead to changes in feelings and behaviours.

 

It empowers individuals to become their own therapists, equipping them with lifelong skills to manage their mental health.

DBT (Dialectal Behavioural Therapy)

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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder.

 

However, it has since been adapted for other mental health issues, such as depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance abuse.

 

DBT focuses on teaching patients skills in four key areas:

1. Mindfulness: Improving the ability to be present in the moment.


2. Distress Tolerance: Increasing tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it.


3. Emotion Regulation: Learning to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life.


4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Increasing assertiveness in a relationship while maintaining respect and dignity for both parties.

DBT combines individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living.

 

Its core philosophy is based on the concept of dialectics, or balancing opposites, and it emphasises the need to accept things as they are while also striving for change.

EMDR Therapy

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed to help individuals recover from trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). It's recognized for its distinctive use of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements, to stimulate the brain's information processing system.

The key aspects of EMDR include:

1. Bilateral Stimulation:*The therapist guides the patient in moving their eyes back and forth while thinking about the trauma, which is believed to help the brain process traumatic memories.


2. Recall and Reprocessing: Patients are asked to recall distressing images and emotions while receiving bilateral stimulation, with the aim of reducing the emotional impact of the memories.


3. Phases of Treatment: EMDR is structured into eight phases, including history-taking, preparation, assessment, desensitisation, installation, body scan, closure, and re-evaluation.


4. Adaptive Information Processing: EMDR is based on the theory that psychological stress is due to unprocessed memories. The therapy aims to help the brain reprocess these memories.


5. Targeting Past, Present, and Future: The therapy addresses past traumatic memories, current triggers, and future potential challenges to help the patient develop effective coping mechanisms.

EMDR is particularly noted for its potential to bring quick relief from emotional distress associated with traumatic memories, and its effectiveness has been supported by numerous research studies.

 

Unlike traditional talk therapies, EMDR does not rely heavily on verbal communication and can be particularly beneficial for those who find it difficult to talk about their traumatic experiences.

Ho'Oponopono (To Make Right)

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Ho'oponopono is a traditional Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.

 

Originating from indigenous Hawaiian teachings, it has been adapted in various ways in contemporary settings, both within and beyond Hawaiian culture. The practice is centered on healing relationships and fostering harmony both within oneself and with others.

Key aspects of Ho'oponopono include:

  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation: At its core, Ho'oponopono is about resolving conflicts and restoring harmony in relationships, whether interpersonal or within oneself.

  • Four Simple Phrases: The contemporary adaptation of Ho'oponopono often involves the repetition of four simple phrases: "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "Thank you," and "I love you." These phrases are used as a form of mental and spiritual cleansing, offering forgiveness and expressing gratitude and love.

  •  Self-Reflection and Responsibility: The practice emphasises introspection and taking responsibility for one's actions and feelings, as well as their impact on others and the world.

  • Meditative and Healing Practice: Ho'oponopono can be a meditative process, helping individuals to cleanse their minds and emotions, and find a sense of inner peace and balance.

  • Spiritual Connection: The practice is often associated with a deeper spiritual or philosophical belief in the interconnectedness of all people and the universe, and the power of love and forgiveness to heal and transform.

In essence, Ho'oponopono is a practice of emotional and spiritual healing, focusing on forgiveness, love, and harmony, and it is often used as a tool for personal growth and improving relationships.

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