Looking forward to change

Research into effectiveness of therapy has shown two things and these two things counted irrespective of the theory practised by the therapist.

Firstly a minority of people go to a therapist with an intention to engage in a long drawn out therapy. People generally go because they have a difficulty which is stopping them get on with life. They would simply like the difficulty to stop.

Secondly no matter what the particular theory of the therapist, insight into the problem doesn’t by itself create change. The clients who fared best where the ones who quite quickly got to the point of knowing what they actually wanted. Where they actually wanted to go.

This is not as obvious as it can often seem. There is a lot of therapy out there that is based on the assumption of the value of looking back and gaining insight. It is very easy for us to know what we don’t want or what we want ‘rid off’ when we are having a hard time. Often we need help to bring into our attention how life will actually be different when the problem is resolved.

Why is this so important?

Because knowing what life will be like without the problem creates a goal us to aim for. Will reveal to us the overriding direction to move in and the steps along the way. Moving to a state of optimum health – physical, emotional or psychological is invariable a series of small but significant changes.

What is the best way?

The question is, which is the most direct route to resolve the problem?

I believe that it is three fold:

    1. Clarity of the problem and its subsequent solution
    2. A strategy that will lead to a successful outcome
    3. Hypnotic participation of the part of the brain that can sidestep past limitations and facilitate change