We live at a time where it is increasingly acceptable for people to reveal their suffering of anxiety or depression. Many would say that at last there is a movement to erase the stigma of mental illness.
You would think that such a problem recognised would be a good thing. However the reality is that this is resulting in more people than ever being diagnosed with mental illness and a steep increase in long-term medication.
Typically people with symptoms of depression or anxiety approach their GP and are either sent to a psychiatrist for a diagnosis or alternatively to a psychologist for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and in most cases prescribed medication.
This forms the traditional medical model that still holds the belief that mental health conditions are incurable for the most part, even though neuroscience has shown the contrary: that the brain has a plasticity that is constantly rewiring and forming neural pathways. This means the brain has a great capacity for adaption and recovery in many cases. In this model the aim is to manage symptoms only.
CBT focuses primarily on cognitions (thoughts) and behaviours in the conscious mind. However, recent research has shown that most dysfunction and trauma are emotionally based and repressed in the unconscious mind.
This is a problem because CBT is aimed at changing conscious thoughts and behaviours when the root cause for most of these conditions is unconscious and emotionally or trauma based. It is missing the mark for most patients. Hence many people receive CBT sessions with variable results and are medicated for long periods or for life.
I became a counsellor because I had a passion for helping people make the changes they want in themselves. I have a strong belief we all have the right to be happy. This led me to an exploration of modalities to find the most effective ways of working towards this goal
I also believe in the human capacity for self-healing. This involves all levels of mind, body and soul for optimum health. There are many points of our make up where our wellness may be compromised.
While good food and exercise can optimise our physical health, this is driven by the health and balance of our mind. This involves several complex layers including the brain and neural networks, the emotional and rational components and our senses. All of this is driven by our intention and our innate sense of worthiness.
I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and an innovator of psychotherapy. I regularly see clients who have been on medication and have received many sessions or even years of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the medical model with little improvement, who mysteriously recover in a few sessions with me. So much so they are able to go to their GP to come off their mediation safely over time.
Why manage symptoms when they may be cured?
Through 17 years of clinical practice, training and teaching I have developed a way of working that I have named Emotional Mind Integration (EMI). This is neuro-trance-psychotherapy. Neuro because it engages neural pathways from the symptom of an issue and goes directly to the root cause: Trance because it engages a light trance to facilitate access to repressed psychological material and psychotherapy because it provides a structured healing pathway to resolution. One neural pathway is resolved completely within one session of EMI. Emotional Mind Integration engages disturbed emotional mind states for resolution and integration. Most people require only 3-5 sessions for a marked improvement or recovery of depression and anxiety conditions.
This is a modality that utilises essential elements from a range of former psychotherapy modalities fused with the best of the present and neuroscience developments.
I visualise a time when depression and anxiety are conditions of the past and are treated quickly and effectively by competent practitioners who have a positive view of humanities ability for healing and growth.
Yildiz is a Brisbane psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, family constellations facilitator and trainer, innovator of Rapid Core Healing and Emotional Mind Integration and Author. She is available for sessions, training and presentations of her work. Her latest book is Rapid Core Healing Pathways to Growth and Emotional Healing available from her or Amazon.
Master of Counselling, Clinical hypnotherapy. NLP prac. Educator.