Strategic Psychotherapy

Strategic Psychotherapy

The Old Days

In the old days, "psychodynamic" hypno-analysis was very commonly practiced by hypnotists in the psychiatric field.  Clients were encouraged to revivify parts of experience hidden from waking consciousness and experience profound emotions - especially traumatic emotions.  The idea was that catharsis, insight and integration would be the result. Whether this had any real benefit to those clients in their lives is, to this day, largely unknown. 

Some clinicians think it did have benefit and some also continue to be committed to this approach.

I am not.

Our Approach to Therapy

The therapy with which we engage you is targeted, specific and requires no reliving of traumatic events. In a word, our therapy is strategic

Accessing trauma is simply not useful in this approach. Far more useful is getting access to good memories and states, to skills, to abilities, to new information. 

No matter what you are still doing now that's unhelpful to your well-being, you are doing it now.  Far more useful than looking into the dim and dreary past, is discovering  what better things you can do instead. 

Finding out how to propel yourself forward. Finding out what future you are going to love living every moment of.  Discovering what being the best version of you that you can be.   This is what Strategic Psychotherapy is about,

Why Strategic?

Strategic Psychotherapy is a term coined by Jay Hayley to describe a kind of therapy where the therapist is responsible for making considered decisions about how to help the client get to where they want to go.  It was a reaction against "insight therapies" where insight is elevated of over action.  Hayley studied with a number of great therapists who broke that mould and got people to not just have interesting insights but actually have better lives. 

To this day, Strategic Psychotherapy is a way of conducting therapy which unashamedly works to make people change for the better. 

Useful Antecedents

So we call on techniques from a lot of other areas that we've found work usefully.  Milton Erickson's work is useful to us. The ecological/communication therapy approaches of Virginia Satir and  Gregory Bateson are useful to us. The Solution Orientated Therapies of Bill O'Hanlon are useful to us. The uniqueness and goodness ideas of Humanistic Therapies  including Narative Therapy Have been useful to us. 

Behavioural Therapeutic techniques are useful to us, Rational Emotive therapy and its successor Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practises are useful to us. 

Neuroscience and neuro-plasticity research is useful to us. 

The discrimination approach of Yapko and the Gordian Pillars of Young are useful to us.  

Not any one school of thought is king, not any one model of personality is perfect.  All have strengths and weaknesses.  All can be applied, strategically.

"Process not Content"

With Strategic Psychotherapy we seek to understand and change the processes you use to make your problems.  We are less interested in why things happen than how they happen.  We are interested in workability and that implies greater realism: greater access to what's real. 

Knowing how means having know-how.  Knowing how to do something puts you back in control.  With Strategic Psychotherapy we aim to increase your freedom and control.

Your New Life

More freedom naturally leads to much less need to be stressed. More real control means  far less need to be obsessed or controlling. Indeed, greater realism, freedom and control of your life means much of the countless other symptoms and complaints from which all human beings often suffer.

Strategic psychotherapy is the means while your life renewed, your future and your freedom are the ends we seek.

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