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Science behind Strategic Psychotherapy

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

The pivot point to doing better is closer than you think.

Ever felt there’s got to be more, and you are just completely over feeling anxious, overwhelmed, over thinking, having imposter syndrome, feeling depressed and hopeless, maybe having unhelpful habits. Well, the good news is there is a new modern approach to psychotherapy. The pivot point in your life from merely surviving to thriving is closer than you think.

Strategic Psychotherapy is new and ground-breaking. Putting the client in the centre steering the ship with the therapist leading, navigating, and guiding a different pattern or pathway using the recourses the client already has. Traditionally therapists except a non-response rate of 25% now clients can expect much more success than that. This type of strategic psychotherapy challenges the standard practice. Essentially this could be the science of change.

Recently Australian professors and Richard Hall and Matthew Dahlitz editors in chief of the Science of Psychotherapy finished some ground-breaking study featured in the book “Practitioners guide to the Science of Psychotherapy”. They are well recognised in psychology, technology, neuroscience, emergency medicine and business. This book covers the basic neuroscience, body brain, systems, genetic processes, and the application of integrative psychotherapy (like strategic hypnotherapy) for mental health disorders. The book asks us to think about the brain as a network as all functions, nervous system, electromagnetic, heart brain and body. Explaining that everything is connected and expressing a dynamic flow, these networks are indivisible. The quantum communication network explains that we are mostly made up of energy. In their book they explain that the impact of therapy is far greater if we utilise the clients’ resources and help them see what their own capacity is recognising function and dysfunction. Understanding that we are all unique and have a unique lens with our own complex systems of human behaviour. We need a unique individualised approach that is client centred. Client responsiveness is the next movement in Psychotherapy according to Hill & Dahlitz. Putting the client at the centre and utilising clients’ resources delivers 87% positive response rate according to Hill & Dahlitz (Ref Groundless Ground podcast host Lisa Miller, 26th July 2022). Miller refers to Hill and Dahlitz as two brilliant men and supports their work in retraining therapists that rests on scientifically validated patient - responsive treatments.

The client is the expert at having the problem, but the therapist is the one who is expert in resolving the problem with them, co creating together for the best outcome for the client. As a strategic therapist we will seek to recognise the client’s problem and navigate and manoeuvre that client into recognising the solution and new pattern to run.

Hill mentions that we should have faith in the human system and that we are discovering lots of cool things in the mental health area. Strategic psychotherapy using process and solution orientated questions is working smarter not harder. Including the use of hypnosis only serves to increase the ability to take in the information, in essence using and trusting the system the unique complex system of each individual. Nothing happens unless the client does it but we have a system to help guide the client to change.

You have all you need, you have the answers and as strategic therapists we utilise whatever strengths you have to overcome the issue, introducing new possibilities and the great adjunct to all of this is hypnotherapy. This therapy has proven to be brief with significant change in 4 to 6 sessions.

“People come to us to change their future not their past” Milton Erickson

Your pivot point to change is potentially now. Feel good, do better and thrive.

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