Inner change requires inner healing. Psychotherapy has always recognized that our past shapes our present. Many therapies have attempted to help people resolve their past so that they can live a better life now. However, the focus of many of these therapies, often involving many sessions, have tended to be on cognitive resolution rather than healing. Inner healing occurs when the specific past events (usually traumatic) that have been unconsciously associated with current situations (triggers), have been reprocessed (and desensitised) and the associated negative dynamics of the memories reconsolidated. Current neuro-science explains how memory re-consolidation can occur, either by taking a drug, or via affective/somatic psychotherapy (such as Inner ChangeTherapy). The integration of counselling and hypnosis is an effective way of working through both the conscious and unconscious minds. It is what sets Inner Change Therapy apart.
Instead of traditional hypnotism, which is usually more directive and often viewed with caution and by the general public (see also Hypnosis Myth page), Mind Renewal uses open-eye hypnosis, which does not require deep trance states, yet is highly effective, as part of a larger experiential psycho-therapeutic approach to effect change.
Body, Mind, Soul/Spirit Approach
Even the most non-spiritual person would agree that a person consists of body (matter), mind (thoughts) and soul (emotions), even if we do not delve into the spirit aspect. Working with all aspects of the persons is a wholeness approach which generally produces faster and more lasting results. In light of the latest neuro-scientific research confirming that traumatic memories are both stored and retrieved non-verbally, and because body sensations often accompany cravings, anxiety, anger and other problems, a whole-person focus (cognitive, behavioral, affective and somatic – thoughts, behaviours, emotions and body sensations respectively) can help break the unhelpful and unwanted cycles.
Conscious and Unconscious
In therapy, change needs to occur both on the conscious and unconscious levels for lasting results. Some therapies serve the conscious mind well, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; others serve the unconscious better, such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and of course, Hypnosis. Then there are those that serve the imaginative mind (both conscious and unconscious), such as Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy, while still others, such as Process-Oriented/Experiential Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy can be really helpful where bodily sensations need to be dealt with (as in stress, substance abuse or food cravings). Mind Renewal uses any of the above therapies according to client needs, but the three main focus areas are:
1) Validating present negative thoughts, emotions and bodily felt senses;
2) Experientially reprocessing and desensitising past negative emotions and experiences (but only those connected to the present problems without dragging up all past traumatic events), until the dynamics (thoughts, emotions, body senses) of those memories have been re-consolidated;
3) Helping clients envision and believe in future positive outcomes.
Deep, Dynamic and Powerful
Because Inner Change Therapy works with less recounting and more reprocessing of inner realities of thoughts, feelings, body felt senses and implicit knowledge, it is a time- and cost- effective therapy that is brief, yet deep and powerful. It is a multi-faceted framework that incorporates a number of psychotherapy orientations for deep level change, without protracted therapy.
Many problems can be helped through Inner Change Therapy:
- Anger Management
- Anxiety Attacks
- Chronic Pain Management
- Drug Addiction
- Drug/Substance Abuse
- Fear of flying
- OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Parenting Issues
- Performance Anxiety
- Public Speaking
- Quit Smoking
- Relationship Problems
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse Issues
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Sports Perfomance
- Weight Loss
- And more…