When it comes to thinking about what makes therapy effective you could say I’ve dedicated my whole life to answering that question. I have spent my life either in therapy, studying therapy, or being a Therapist and I now teach therapy on the Analytical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Training Course (next course starts September 2018, Salisbury).
I have been reflecting on the people that I meet every day, both professionally and personally, who are all desperately seeking a way to free themselves from the psychological issues that they struggle with. They are looking for a solution to all of the emotional blocks that are holding them back and stopping them from doing what they really want to do in their lives. Very often they have tried lots of things like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), they may have had Counselling, and they have usually read a pile of self-help books. They are diligently doing their positive affirmations and whatever else they have been led to believe will “cure” them. Expending a lot of time, money and energy into trying to manage their “stuff”. Every time a new therapy or approach comes along they get their hopes up, thinking “this will be it,” only to be disappointed when whatever it is does not deliver the results they need.
So, to help anyone who is struggling to find the right approach for them, here are the three key ingredients that I have identified as essential for effective therapy:
1st Key Ingredient: You
Are you somebody who is willing to really take a look inside? It takes a lot of tenacity and courage to really take a look at one’s emotional pain and resolve it. Unfortunately, the truth of it is that you cannot circumnavigate your way around these obstacles, issues, pain and discomfort. The only way is to go through it. Do you have it in you to put aside the search for a quick fix and accept the need to go deeper and maybe look at some things that are painful or difficult? If you can tick that box then you have the main ingredient for effective therapy, because without that you won’t fully resolve your issues.
2nd Key Ingredient: The Type of Therapy
There are some studies that say that the type of therapy itself is not as influential, in terms of the effectiveness, as the Therapist. However, I think it is still worth noting the different types of therapy. Is the therapy you are considering a tool that is going to allow you to really take an in-depth look? Is it going to facilitate you being able to release these pent-up emotions and feelings that you have been carrying around, sometimes without even being consciously aware of it, for most of your life? Is it something that is going to enable you to gain some real insight and wisdom into who you are, why you feel the way you do, and why you behave the way you do? This the insight and wisdom that is required in order to change and move forward on your path of self-development. If it ticks that box, then brilliant!
3rd Key Ingredient: The Therapist
What you need to be asking of the Therapist is more than just what their qualifications are, although that is important. You need a Therapist who has taken a really good look at themselves. You need a Therapist who has gone through the analytical process themselves. Not just a little superficial look, but really, deeply gone through their own psyche. It is not that every Therapist will have had the same experiences as you. They don’t need to share the same feelings, but they need to understand and have a solid overview of what effective therapy actually is. Your experience of your life is unique to you. Nobody will understand things the way you do because nobody is standing in your shoes - not even your Therapist. You need your Therapist to understand what it takes to dig deep, have a look and come out the other side. You need your Therapist to be fearless and comfortable with their own and other people’s feelings and expression of deep emotions.
If you have these three key ingredients then I absolutely believe there is nothing, no issue or trauma, that you cannot resolve. And I mean even the most devastating, distressing types of trauma.
So, when I am interviewing and assessing applicants for the Analytical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course, the things that I am looking at is whether they have done some personal-development work, whether they have looked at themselves, whether they are willing to continue to look at themselves. Although the course is a level 5 Diploma and requires studying some fascinating subjects, academic qualifications are not a prerequisite. The Analytical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course is not like your typical hypnotherapy course because it involves the course participants undertaking their own personal analysis; their own therapy. This is how they really learn to be a Therapist. This is what gives them the ability to go out and practice effective therapy, confident that they can help clients no matter what issues they present with.
There is just one place left on the September course. If you want to find out more about the Analytical Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course, then I welcome you to visit the website or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more? Check out my weekly Facebook live #thursdaytherapy every Thursday at 1pm here on the Kirsty Wick Analytical Hypnotherapy page @kirstywickhypnotherapy. Each week I chat about therapy, without the jargon, and look at different techniques, tools, share information and look at specific issues such as anxiety, relationships, self-esteem and confidence. Get in touch with any question you would like answered or an issue you are struggling with.