Practice for Lifecoaching, Hypnotherapy & Psychodynamic Therapy

Methods and Techniques

Methods and techniques which I use......

Rational emotive therapy (RET) or
Rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT )
As it is called nowadays , is an approach which proposes that unrealistic and irrational beliefs cause many emotional problems. REBT is a form of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). The primary focus of this treatment approach is to suggest changes in thinking that will lead to changes in feelings and behaviour, thereby improving symptoms and gaining insight in your thinking, feeling and behaviour. The therapy emphasizes changing irrational thinking patterns that cause emotional distress into thoughts that are more reasonable and rational. The main purpose of REBT is to help you to replace thoughts that are, full of ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’, with more flexible ones; part of this includes learning to accept that all human beings, including yourself are fallible and learning to increase your tolerance for frustration while aiming to achieve your goals. As a therapy, REBT is active. REBT strives to change irrational beliefs, challenge thinking, and promote rational self-talk, and various strategies are used to achieve these goals. These strategies may include: disputing irrational beliefs, pointing out how irrational it would be for you to believe you had to be good at everything to be considered a worthwhile person, reframing, situations are viewed from a more positive angle, problem solving, role-playing, modelling, and the use of humour. You may also be requested to complete certain exercises at home.

Ego state therapy is based on the premise that the personality is composed of separate parts. These parts – which everyone has – are called ego states. It is an effective and very useful approach when working with internal conflicts.

Parts Therapy is based on the concept that our personality is composed of a number of various parts, which are aspects of the subconscious. In other words, we all wear different hats. The Life Coach acts as a mediator to help clients resolve inner conflicts.

Sub-personalities are parts of us that have grown from the beliefs we have about ourselves and life. They have formed in us as we were growing up from what was modelled for us from our Parents mostly and how we were treated and the experiences we had as children. Each belief we have splits in two and creates two opposing sub-personalities or parts. We can become aware of them if we begin to listen to the things we say to ourselves and also through watching our behaviour. They can begin to run our life on many levels, if we let them.

Transactional Analysis is developed by Eric Berne, MD (d.1970). Transactional analysis is a method that (among other things) analyses our everyday communication - why do we say things we say, how do we say them and what made us say that. It uses simple words such as child, parent and adult (these are the names of the three ego states in TA) to describe seemingly complicated processes in our mind. The therapy enables clients to become aware of these components of their individual personality, and to understand in which ego state they are functioning in their interactions (transactions) with other people. The goal is to help clients change feelings and behaviours that were formed in childhood that now hinder their development. “I'm OK - You're OK” is probably the best-known expression of the purpose of transactional analysis: to establish and reinforce the position that recognizes the value and worth of every person.

Working with the Inner child
Working with the inner child is for people who want to find clarity on the source of unhealthy patterns, tensions and discontent. People who see therapy as a way to let grow their consciousness and inner peace. The concept of the 'inner child' stands for unfinished emotions and feelings from our younger years. It stands for essential aspects of our being, like trust, innocence and spontaneity that have been damaged or suppressed in our childhood years. Besides pleasure we have also had our painful experiences as a child. Or experiences that were even too threatening to be able to process feelings at all. No matter how small we were, having these painful feelings we came to beliefs and learn survival strategies about life, our life. Beliefs like ´I´m not allowed to be here´ or ´I have to do it on my own´ or ´I´m not being heard´ or ´I´m not good enough´. At such a moment a part of us got stuck with such a negative belief that it didn't grow any further. However in our adult life we think we are, this stuck little piece in us still projects its movie inside our brain and is still living in survival mode.

Psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual. Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics. Psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioural levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well being, enhances learning and develops new skills.