Alternatives to Talk therapy.
What’s your idea of talk therapy? And are you somebody that has avoided it?
If so, then you may want to know about a few newer alternatives to traditional therapy that I practise or have experienced. The difference to traditional talk therapy is that they have much faster success rates to removing emotional trauma.
I passionately believe that we should all find the necessary tools to support ourselves, and that looks like many different things to different people.
But the idea of talk therapy can be scary. Being vulnerable isn’t easy and sharing our deepest hurt and disappointments sometimes feels like you’re making a conscious choice to not only dive into the deep end of the pool but to also swim there.
I am a strong advocate for getting the help we need so here are some therapies that I have experienced that provide positive results in shorter periods of time (*case dependent), and not always requiring the client to divulge as much personal information.
I am now trained in some of these so please get in touch if you’d like to know more. I’m happy to also share information on any of the others.
*Disclaimer – I am in no way advocating that these therapies be used in exclusion to other forms of therapy (prescribed or not). I stress the importance of speaking to a trained professional on the best course for your personal circumstance.
“Did you know that therapy is not just about creating an absence of negative feelings, or, conversely about creating happy feelings. It is about helping you live a productive life and about helping you develop and sustain meaningful relationships. It’s also about learning and applying the skills needed in order to grow from life’s ups and downs.” – Dr Neal Houston Sociologist.
BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) is a relatively new therapy, developed in 2011, and operates on the principle that our physical brains respond to events and make decisions even before we are physically aware of them. It is what I like to call being in auto-pilot. You’re conscious and making decisions but sometimes knee-jerk reactions take over and you become a slave to these reactions. It is different from any form of conventional therapy because unlike conventional talk therapy, which can be an analysis paralysis (described this way by a friend of mine), BWRT focuses on where you want to be emotionally, rather than who you are.
How it works?
We learn something by practising it over and over again until it becomes second nature. BWRT works by helping clients to change an undesired behaviour in favour of a better behaviour. It teaches the brain a new neural pathway to replace undesired emotions and memories and habits.
It uses the clients own thought processes and, in my opinion, is a fast way of achieving relief from traumas. There’s a long list of conditions treatable with BWRT including any form of trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, trust issues, fears and phobias, etc.
How I felt after?
I felt a little spaced out but not bad enough that I couldn’t drive. And I spent the entire drive trying to force myself back to the event I had worked on but couldn’t.
So while I have the memory and knowledge intact, I don’t actually get emotionally charged when thinking about it anymore.
2. Negative Emotional Therapy
Negative Emotional Therapy is a technique which helps to release unprocessed negative emotions such as anger, shame, fear, hurt, frustration, hate, doubt, anxiety and many more. The principle is that all these emotions, experienced initially during childhood and then continuously re-impacting us as we grow, take root in our neural network. When we experience a new situation or event, we are triggered into these old wounds. We therefore react before we can even consider how we feel. Results are fast and clients can walk away from a single session having processed and released many negative emotions.
Negative Emotional Therapy practitioners can also help with Inner Conflict Therapy; when we know a part of us wants to move forward but unconsciously another part is holding us back.
How it works?
Consider that these memories are all formed by negative experiences during your childhood, when you didn’t have the capacity to manage the outcome of the situation very well. No fault of yours at all. The first time you felt fear wasn’t a good experience, neither was the first time you felt shame or hurt or guilt. The practitioner will guide the client to the first time any of these emotions were experienced and break the chain of emotion linked to it. It is done separately with each emotion. The memory or event is never lost and the client directs the thought.
How I felt after?
Quite calm. It was interesting to learn when was the first time I experienced certain emotions and also which of the events I could remember where the first instance of feeling things like fear or hurt. A friend that did this at the same time as me learnt that the first time she experienced fear was in her mothers womb.
BodyTalk is a natural health-care system, which is designed to work with, and support, your bodies’ own natural ability to repair and restore itself. The principle is that as we continue our day to day lives, our bodies may lose its innate balance between the brain, heart and gut. The balance is what keeps us healthy, mentally and physically. A BodyTalk session aims to re-establish and re-connect the lines of communication creating balance and avoiding dis-ease.
BodyTalk can be helpful for both physical and mental issues and those that are operating in your unconscious.
How it works?
A session can take anywhere from between 15 and 45 minutes. The practitioner will follow a guided chart of your body/mind until they are guided to anything that is being highlighted. By highlighted, I mean that the clients own body/mind brings the practitioners awareness to certain conscious or unconscious imbalances in the body. Clients are completely clothed for the session and it safe to do at any age including for children.
How I felt after?
Absolutely fine. BodyTalk has brought up things I wasn’t consciously aware of in my past. For instance, I learnt that something emotionally shook me when I was 5 years old which I had no idea about until I confirmed it with my mum. That memory was still holding space in my body all these years later and creating imbalance. Others I know that have had sessions talk about being able to work more productively and have a good nights sleep, after being in a situation where they couldn’t function or rest. Others describe physical ailments being relieved.
I want to stress, that these therapies are guided but the client is the one in control. Therapy is about getting the right support and support is out there if you’re ready to heal.
We don’t have to live with the pain of the past or even the pain of today. We can learn so much from our experiences but we don’t have to take on the weight of these emotions hook, line and sinker.
Please reach out if you’d like any information about the therapies I offer (mentioned above) or even if you want to better understand any of these.