Therapy for the ‘Conscious Mind’
Many therapies focus largely upon the conscious mind – through talking and listening. However, often simply talking about a problem, or events from the past (negative childhood experiences/bullying/neglect/childhood abuse) only helps temporarily. Some people increase their understanding of the problem (yet the problem remains. Some find talking does not help at all, or as is often the case with painful experiences of trauma and negative childhood experiences, feel worse, or even retraumatised.
Although talking and listening is an essential part of any therapy, PICT sees this as only a part of the process.
Therapy for the ‘Unconscious Mind’
Conversely, ‘Hypnotherapy’, can focus upon the ‘subconscious’ mind. Undoubtedly, this is where feelings and beliefs are stored, and it is vital that connection with the subconscious is made for change to occur. However, often change will not stick, or will be ‘unpicked’. The conscious mind does not have opportunity to make sense of the change through having it’s vital ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions answered.
How PICT Works simultaneously with the ‘Conscious’ and ‘Subconscious’ Mind
People often attempt to solve their problems in a logical/conscious way which can work for some of our ‘today’ problems. However, they frequently become frustrated as they know the problem, what needs to happen, but find that another part of them is unable to achieve or sustain the desired results. Often thinking to themselves, or saying to others, ‘I know I shouldn’t feel/think this way, but I still do!’ And unfortunately, this will be accompanied with frustration, and a feeling of failure.
As adults, we try to reason logically, without connecting to the part of us where beliefs, feelings and behaviours are stored. It is like the child part cannot hear us, and is located in another place entirely.
With PICT the vital connection between conscious and subconscious is established, and maintained during the sessions, to enable lasting change.
When conscious and subconscious are connected and working together, vital information can be given. This allows us to resolve problems/feelings, drop problem behaviours, clear up outdated limiting beliefs, and take on more life enhancing beliefs, and positive, helpful behaviours and attitudes.
This vital connection is made using imagery/visualisation to connect the adult/conscious part of the person with their ‘younger self’ (or, ‘Inner Child’) which is a part of ourselves located within the subconscious.
Some people believe they need to imagine/visualise in Hollywood-type technicolor pictures. This may be needed for making movies, but it is definitely not required for working with effectively with PICT.
Even a vague/dim fuzzy image is just fine, and the intent to make the connection with positive caring intent is the most important aspect for creating change.
Thorough, Rapid, Gentle and Dignified
Because PICT information is carefully worded to address conscious and subconscious needs, a thorough approach can be offered. Furthermore, problem feelings, behaviours and client goals are rated and measured periodically to assist both practitioner and client in highlighting areas should they still need attention.
Parks Inner Child Therapy does not require a person to talk in detail about problems or experiences. Some people prefer to talk through issues in more detail, and some not. The client can relax in the knowledge and freedom of knowing giving extensive detail is not required. PICT therefore offers a highly dignified approach – making it ideal for those who have experienced painful events such as trauma, childhood abuse, poor parenting etc.
Also, no ‘reliving’ of past experiences is required, and therefore a gentle approach is offered – even for extreme trauma. People often report how much they enjoy experiencing PICT work, and report they begin to feel the positive effects quickly.
What issues can be addressed with PICT?
PICT can provide lasting change for a variety of issues*. Although the model was initially developed to help survivors of childhood abuse, it is equally effective for a wide range of problems such as poor self-esteem, low self-confidence; depression; eating disorders; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; self harm; anxiety; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; relationship and sexual difficulties, phobias grief/loss and many other issues.
*If you been diagnosed with (or suspect you may have) a medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Limiting to Limitless Beliefs
Many emotional issues and unwanted behaviours are underpinned by limiting or ‘mistaken beliefs’. These are the beliefs about self, others and the world around us that are formed through messages received during early childhood years. They often lie invisibly in our unconscious and seem like a basic truth rather than simply a belief. Examples of mistaken beliefs include, “I’m not good enough”, “people don’t like me”, or “There is no safety”. The beliefs that we hold have a profound influence on our behaviour, choices, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Adults can be negatively impacted by mistaken/limiting beliefs regardless of whether they have experienced childhood abuse or trauma. Unfortunately, experiences of a caregiver behaving ineffectively (even if this was occasional and unintentional), demonstrating their own problems in front of a child can (albeit unconsciously) have impact upon the belief system.
Parks Inner Child Therapy allows clients to discover new, enriching and life-affirming beliefs. These corrected beliefs can provide a firm foundation for new positive behaviours and support your desired outcomes from PICT sessions.
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Jason Fletcher – Lasting Change, Strelley Hall, Main Street, Strelley Village, Nottingham NG8 6PE