This page gives a little more information on the different modalities that I combine in my practice. These are just the basics, there’s so much more powerful stuff here!
Open Awareness is an applied mindfulness approach that is integrated into daily life. Through a combination of simple techniques that expand our perception and field of awareness, we become simultaneously more aware of our inner world (thoughts, emotions, memories, experience), outer world (senses, perceptions) and the somatic (the experience of our physical body and what it is telling us). More info on the Open Awareness page.
Family medicine is a medical specialization that focuses on holistic and integrative health care. It seeks to understand and treat individuals without boundaries, and in the context of their whole life, their family, their relationships, and society.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Humanistic Neuro-linguistic Psychology (HNLP)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Humanistic Neuro-linguistic Psychology (HNLP) are insightful philosophies that have inspired a set of powerful techniques to help people develop their true potential. Their basic premise is that we relate to the world through the filters of our senses, language, intellectual concepts, past experiences and learned emotions. These filters combine to produce certain psychological states – some of which may be unresourceful or inappropriate – that are triggered by things in our subconscious.
The techniques can help to uncover these hidden triggers, and modify them to lead to more productive behaviour. HNLP grew out of and includes NLP, and is more centred on the whole individual as a person and not only on the techniques.
Both NLP and HNLP are practical and positive methodologies that facilitate real and significant changes in personal behaviour.
Authentic Self Empowerment (ASE)
Authentic Self Development (ASE) was developed by Jevon Dangeli, a visionary teacher and practitioner of NLP, HNLP and hypnotherapy (http://jevondangeli.com/what-is-authentic-self-empowerment/). ASE is based on principles from NLP, HNLP, mindfulness and transpersonal psychology, combining them in a gentle, organic and remarkably effective approach.
Similar to other traditions that are effective at integrating the subconscious with the conscious, ASE techniques employ guided visualisations, meaningful metaphors and conversational coaching to facilitate change and healing.
Mindfulness and meditation
Jon Kabat-Zin, the well-known professor of medicine and creator of the ground breaking Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR), describes mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
Through mindfulness meditation, one can learn to quite the chatter in the mind, find the inner silence and learn not be sucked into the chaos of what’s happening around us. Mindfulness has been proven through research to reduce stress, facilitate healing and make us calmer, more resourceful people. Mindfulness, when applied to illness and health, is a simple yet powerful practice.
The human experience is more than just one thing. It includes our personal body, emotions, thoughts, our unconscious and memories – but also much beyond that. We need to make room for non ordinary states of consciousness, peak experiences and spiritual experiences. http://authentic-self-empowerment.com/transpersonal-coaching/
Milton H. Erickson (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) was an American psychiatrist and the father of modern therapeutic hypnotherapy. Ericksonian hypnotherapy is very different from the type of authoritative and theatrical direct hypnosis we see stage performers use. It is gentler, using conversational and indirect methods to empower the unconscious mind in a gentle way, enabling clients to uncover for themselves certain patterns, habits or repetitive thoughts that might be limiting them. It is very useful for healing and self-development.
The client does not lose control, is not forced to do anything against his or her will, and is not influenced by direct commands made during hypnosis. Instead, through a voluntary and gentle trance-like state, the subconscious is allowed to communicate more effectively with the conscious, leaving the client refreshed and able to tap into their own inner resources.
Evidence-based medicine (EBM)
Evidence-based medicine aims to base treatment and therapy on evidence. When applied to coaching and therapy, it means that the techniques we use can’t just be made up, or just theories- they need to be based on validated research. When used sensibly, and not in a narrow-minded fashion, EBM ensures that clients can have faith in the techniques, and the techniques can improve and develop all the time.
Heartmath is a scientifically validated set of simple techniques and technologies that has broad-based applications in stress reduction and performance enhancement. The Heartmath programme focuses on the heart as the symbolic and physical source of ease, clarity and intuition. The effective set of techniques is easy to learn in a short period of time. A distinguishing feature of Heartmath is its biofeedback technology based on the scientifically proven link between heart rate variability and emotional states.
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