Our therapeutic approach 
– How does it work?

Our integrative approach is adaptable, flexible and solution-focused.

We can work in brief, time-limited therapy on more specific challenges or in a longer-term, exploratory therapy tailoring the approach to suit your personality and goals.

Our approach integrates four modalities: the most effective techniques from modern talking therapies, insights from neuroscience, clinical hypnosis and mindfulness practices.

To find out more, keep reading below and also check out our FAQ page

PMC Approach Diagram

In our approach you are not locked into a set of behaviours based on your history, social status or psychological past. We look to see what is missing, or being misused in your life.

…I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become…  [Carl Jung]

The reason why our approach is so successful in helping people feel better is because we concentrate on resolving your inner conflicts with the main focus on your strengths and practical solutions to your present situation. 

Our approach is person-centred with a focus on holistic psychoeducation.

We teach you new skills and strategies with the aim of helping you find ways to better meet your own needs.

Simple goal setting and building vision of positive future are main steps taken in this model of therapy.

How therapy sessions work

Step 1

Working with the conscious part of your mind
– positive psycho- and neuroeducation 


TALKING THERAPY

Each session begins with a practical discussion exploring your challenges and identifying  what makes you feel better. Main principle of the integrative therapy is that you are unique, so to guide you toward new insights and coping mechanisms we create a program that fits your individual needs and personal issues. For this purpose we adopt most practical and well-researched strategies to suit your learning preferences, including the best of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt, Person-Centred, Psychodynamics  and Transactional Analysis.

Although we will need to know something about your past to understand your present situation, unlike in traditional forms of psychotherapy, we will look at what you want to achieve (the solution) rather than at the problem that prompted you to seek help. We will work together to help you feel better as quickly as possible and concentrate on your strengths, resources and setting up future-orientated goals.


NEUROSCIENCE

We apply the latest findings from neuroscience and brain-based therapy that takes advantage of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis – the brain’s natural ability to renew, learn and change over time. Our brains can re-wire to effect mood and behaviour change, so the way you think and behave affects your brain’s functionality and its physical structure.

This process involves the development of new synaptic relationships between neurons, strengthening those relationships, as well as the development of more glial cells. Developing new synaptic relationships translates to learning.

Positive and balanced mental states are a skill that can be learnt. During each session you will gain a deeper understating of how your brain works which will help you in changing it towards healthy behaviours and balanced thoughts.

Step 2

Working with the unconscious part of your mind
– accelerated learning and outcome rehearsal 


HYPNOSIS

Each discussion is followed by the induction of an altered mental state (trance) to strengthen new synaptic connections and reflect on the ideas you have generated during our conversation and rehearse new ways of feeling and thinking.

Clinical hypnosis is the most powerful and fascinating part of our therapeutic approach. It is the process of accessing the unconscious mind through guided positive imagery by inducing artificially the R.E.M. state, in which your brain slows down to theta waves, similar to that of dreaming or deep meditation. During this time your mind is highly focused and receptive to new learnings and ideas leading to accelerated results and lasting change. During trance your body gets 2-5x deeper rest than sleep so at the end of each session you will feel intensely refreshed and rejuvenated.


MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness teaches how to observe and experience reality in the present moment without judgment. It helps to create awareness of our current thinking patterns and encourages the ability to step back from the tight grip of our experience which gives a deep sense of relief and calmness.

We added core mindfulness skills and techniques including evidence-based, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to help clients build emotional resilience.

The MBCT, developed at the University of Oxford and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, offers a breakthrough in the clinical treatment of depression, anxiety and emotional trauma and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment of choice for depression.

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