Many of the problems that develop in life come as a result of trauma. The powerful wound that results from trauma is stored deep in our memory. Life goes on and we may not think much about that old wound until some new trauma occurs. Then, all of the old feelings of pain, fear, inadequacy and guilt may come flooding back. We may feel overwhelmed with emotion or we may just feel stuck, trying to solve a problem that seems to have no solution. We may feel anxiety and worry, or find ourselves getting angry about every little thing. Often a sense of hopelessness takes over and even the smallest tasks seem too big to handle.
Medicines may help some but they are not the solution. There is no pill that can fix life for us. Psychotherapy is the best solution for such problems, but finding a really good therapist is difficult and therapy is often very slow to be of help. As Psychotherapists, we have often felt the same way. We have developed a form of therapy that is different from the traditional approaches. Our therapy works to get to the root of the problem quickly and teaches practices that create lasting improvements.
Traditional therapy can take 50 sessions or more. This is because much of the therapy time is spent discussing the current problems of one’s life. In fact, these are symptoms, and while regularly feeling anxious or panicky or having fits of anger or suffering from hopelessness and depression are all very real problems, we will not cure them until we uncover the causes and treat the problem at the root. In our form of therapy we uncover the cause of the problem, so our treatment is often completed in less than 20 sessions including the follow-up times. Obviously that saves a lot of money in addition to reducing the time one spends suffering from these confusing thoughts and feelings.
Our therapy is known as Neuro-Cognitive Analysis and Treatment because it utilizes all of the most current understandings of how the brain works; but, it has its roots in another form of brief therapy known as Medical Hypnoanalysis. There are two phases to the process. The first is the analysis phase.This is the work of getting to the root of the problem. This phase usually takes 8-12 sessions. The second phase is the re-education and recovery phase where one learns practices that lead to healthy thinking and behaviors. This can be as few as 3-4 sessions or sometimes 8-10. Some people may continue therapy longer than that, but most feel that the problems which they brought them to therapy are gone so it is not necessary to keep coming back.
What problems do we treat?
In forty years of practice we have found that this brief treatment approach is successful in treating general anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, most forms of explosive anger and most forms of depression. We have also treated a number of problems often considered to be medical problems such as chronic headaches/migraines, sleep problems, digestive disorders, bed wetting and all forms of addiction (though these may take longer). We have sometimes even helped in the treatment of cancer and in the recovery process for heart attacks. This is an excellent treatment for chronic pain as well. Some marital problems respond well to this treatment too.
Weekend Intensive Therapy
When in person isn’t an option for the entire treatment, we can combine with Video Conferences or Phone sessions
Please call the office to determine the process per Therapist. A 20 minute pre-interview may be needed to determine if this is a possible solutions for your needs.
We are now offering a special form of treatment that was once reserved for people who came from a long distance to be treated. This form of treatment expects to complete the analysis phase in the short span of a weekend. Most people are able to find an amazing sense of improvement after only three days. This form of treatment is paid for in a lump sum at the beginning. After taking a detailed history, your doctor can tell you both the expected length of treatment, whether or not you are a candidate for the weekend intensive. At that time, he can also make a good estimate of the results that you can expect. Unfortunately, we cannot give guarantees but our many years of experience make us very good at knowing what kind of results that you can expect.
Treatment will begin on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon/evening depending on your availability. A complete history of your life will be taken by the doctor. This often requires two hours. If possible, it would be best to complete this all important piece prior to the weekend. This way, if the Weekend Intensive is not the best choice for you there will be less disappointment. If you have completed the history prior to the weekend, we will begin with a discussion of the therapy process for you including setting goals and discussing expectations. The next step is to be introduced to hypnosis. This is an introductory session so that you can begin to understand how hypnosis feels and how you can help to allow it to work for you. A final session for the day is a diagnostic tool, The Word Association Exercise. For this procedure, you will first relax into the hypnotic state and then will give one word responses to words that the doctor reads to you. This procedure will often begin to open the path to the sub-conscious material that is the reason for the treatment. You may be surprised by some of your responses, that they are different from those you would have expected to say.
On Saturday, the analysis begins. In this phase, while in the relaxed state of hypnosis, you will be able to revisit past experiences in your life. These experiences are the root of the problem. As the experience is reconstructed, healing ideas and techniques will be employed to reverse the negative beliefs and soothe the pain of past traumas. Three to five sessions will complete this day. For some persons, the root of the problem will be found by the end of the day. Usually, though, it will not be found until Sunday.
On Sunday, we will complete the analysis phase and begin the recovery and reconstruction phase. The amount of work necessary for this phase varies widely from person to person. It depends on the number of negative thoughts that need to be reversed and the negative/destructive behaviors that need to be changed. At the end of Sunday’s 3-4 sessions we will discuss follow-up. A few weekly sessions may be necessary but then the sessions will be spaced farther and farther apart. Follow-up should be expected to continue at some level for at least one year. This ensures your continued health and success.