About Counselling and Psychotherapy
I use an Integrative Counselling approach that combines a variety of techniques in order to provide the optimum counselling and psychotherapy experience for the problem and the person. Different approaches have been found to work best depending on the challenge that each individual is dealing with and also taking into account the characteristics of each personality.
Attachment Centered Therapy: Attachment Centered Therapy, or ACT, is my own development. It is based on the idea, now strongly supported by research, that attachment forms the basis of much of our personality and how we deal with our life challenges. It predicts how we will function in intimate relationships and influences who we will choose as partners. It is my belief that disruptions in attachment underlay almost all addictions, personality disorders, and other dysfunctional behaviors.
ACT is a combination of attachment with other powerful theories that maximizes the therapeutic effect in the most efficient way possible while reprogramming the unconscious mind. The unconscious is responsible for our memory and emotion, and is where addiction and other dysfunctions originate and propagate. By reprogramming the unconscious mind, powerful and far-reaching change takes place, allowing us to be in harmony and to achieve our goals.
Other methods that I use are:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) – Developed by Dr. Albert Ellis and continued by his colleagues via the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, REBT is the original and most highly developed form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. REBT is a powerful tool that can be combined with meditative approaches for those so inclined in order to enhance our internal experience of the world.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) – NLP is a new and cutting edge therapy techniques. Constantly evolving, NLP is based on the work of Fritz Perls' Gestalt Therapy, Milton Erickson’s hypnotherapy (now known as Ericksonian Hypnosis), Virginia Satir’s Conjoint Family Therapy, and Gregory Bateson’s Cybernetics. Developed originally by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP continues to evolve as others explore its seemingly endless applications to the functioning of mind and emotions.
Time Line TherapyŽ - Time Line Therapy was developed by Tad James, who was trained by Richard Bandler, and is an outgrowth of NLP. TLT is the technology for the 21st century. It is fast, powerful and effective in getting rid of negative emotions from the past, limiting decisions, phobias, traumas, and any other “baggage” that limits our growth, our potential as human beings, and our ability to relate to others. TLT can also be used for creating the future in order to get what it is that you want, and in exploring the past in order to determine how you got where you are, if that is important to you.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – This approach to therapy emphasizes the needs that we all have as human beings, and how our needs continue to evolve and grow as we do. It looks at how each need creates a different feeling both when met and unmet, and how we go about dealing with our feelings and needs. This model of therapy, and of what motivates humans to strive for what they want or need, helps us to assess developmental deficits but also helps us to know what to do in order to work toward maximizing our potential as human beings, or what Maslow called “self-actualization”.
In addition to Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, I also use the approach of Dr. Carl Rogers, or what is called Person Centred Therapy. What this means to me is that you and I are equals, and we form a team. But really you are the boss, and I am working for you. As such, you get to decide what your goals are, and how you want to achieve them. I am your guide in accomplishing this.
Attachment Theory – John Bowlby proposed the theory of attachment as an alternative to the Freudian “drive” theory. This created a great deal of controversy within the neo-Freudian community at the time, but today Bowlby’s ideas have become the most exciting development in psychology for a long time. Attachment style determines how we will relate to ourselves, how we will relate to others – and especially those closest to us, our model of how the world works, and how we go about nurturing and cherishing ourselves and others. As such, it is the underlying and determining factor in how we are going to spend the rest of our lives, and predicts many of the problems that we are going to encounter. Healing disorders of attachment is fundamental to healthy living.
What Conditions Can it Help?
This therapy can help virtually any condition that is psychological in origin. It won't help with problems that are biological or hereditary in nature. In addition, if someone has a condition that has been shown by research and by experience to respond to medications or some other form of treatment, then I strongly recommend that they try it. Inevitably these other therapies enhance the effect of ACT and make the healing faster.
This therapy - ACT - has evolved primarily to help people to deal with maladaptive behaviors, whether they are in the realm of addictive disorders, relationship difficulties, or mood disorders. In addition, I often find myself dealing with people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, and so dealing with these difficulties has been a major part of my practice for many years.
What Benefits can be Expected?
Clients who have engaged in this therapy in general have experienced a global benefit. They improve spontaneously in all areas of life. This isn't going to happen overnight of course. As we are reprogramming the mind, younger people get it quicker than older for a variety of reasons. And while many experience relief right away, for others there is often a period of time, while the foundations are being laid, when there does not seem to be much change. But once it begins it improves most areas of functioning and solves problems that were not even a subject of discussion. This is based on how the unconscious mind process information. Once that has been changed then the changes occur automatically and organically.