I view the human mind as though one were looking through various windows into a room. While the view through any window is "true" for that window, the more windows you look through, the better you can see behind some objects or see them from different angles. Thus, I look through several different windows to get the best sense of how to help someone:
NLP is a method developed from the work of two geniuses, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Many others followed to expand the field and its used today for everything from psychotherapy to sales to leadership training to advertising and education. Many people see NLP as a series of techniques, but in reality, it a viewpoint into looking at the "software" of the mind. One simple example is the work that was done with good spellers of the English language. It was found that there was a two step process: the word was remembered visually and then checked with a "gut feeling". Bad spellers will attempt to spell phonetically! In the same way, one looks to see how a person is "doing" their complaint, often finding a quick way of resolving a difficult mental pattern by some readjusting of a mental formula that has become a habit that simply needs updating. NLP has been used extensively to model hypnosis also.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
We now have more understanding of hypnosis than any time in the past. Modern brain imaging techniques have taught us that the hypnotic state isn't something mysterious but a capacity of the brain to have parts work together in a new way. Patterns that people are stuck in are more amenable to change in the hypnotic state and new abilities in coping and change are readily accessible. Hypnosis is not something mysterious at all, in fact, one modern theorist has shown that every time we daydream, we enter into a light trance, we just only use it for resting, not knowing all the other possibilities for the state!
Solution Oriented Therapy
One of the giants of psychotherapy and hypnosis of the 20th century was Milton H. Erickson, M.D. a psychiatrist who was studied over and over again for his innovative solution. In fact, he was one of the early models for NLP and the modern revolution of hypnotherapy. One such study founded Solution Oriented Therapy. The idea is simple: people focus on the problems they have and don't notice when they are doing the solutions! Solution orientation helps the person to find the times when an exception to the problem can be found and do more of that, or to simply find and use their strengths in a new way.
Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy
Hakomi is a relatively new approach but builds its foundations on Gestalt Therapy, Asian mindfulness and the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. The body expresses our basic patterns of belief in life and can be used to find out, often in a very quick way, the "stuck" areas of beliefs and where they need to be updated. Hakomi also has a very useful theory of personality that helps to map out a person's developmental patterns and see just where their "map of the world" needs to be updated.
My own way of working with the astrological birthchart to allow you to explore yourself and your place in the world. For more information, see the navigation tag to the left or just click here.