Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Different Forms of Psychology-related Therapeutic Modalities

Being a frequent thinker who actively thinks, ponders and analyse a variety of things from general health and wellbeing to why things are the way -- generally LIFE itself.

Something kept me pondering these days, in psychological therapy -- usually aimed to help people with cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties or struggles --, there are 500 over approaches, such as: Sigmund Freud's famous psychoanalysis, Albert Ellis' Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the conventional CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), hypnotherapy and also the fun and exciting stuff like drama, sandtray, dance and music therapy.

What makes one approach more appropriate than the others?
How does one choose when deciding to go for therapy?
How to know which is effective?
Why do clinicians prefer to work based on one form of therapy instead of the other?

Keep the above questions at the back of your mind, we shall pull them into our discussion later.
In our current society, a field called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed. It is based on Neuro (neurology - study of the nervous system), Linguistic (language) and Programming (behavioural patterns learned through experience), in attempt to help people to achieve their goals, most of the time NLP don't see the need to discover underlying thoughts and intention.

I would say it's an optimistic approach towards life. Personally, I am fortunate to cross paths with three coaches thus far who were trained in NLP. It makes me wonder what led these practitioners who decided to choose their therapeutic approach / way of working choose what they choose?

Peak performance / experience (hereinafter PP / PE) is a concept whereby one felt that he / she has achieved his / her highest potential, similar to achieving self actualisation (SA).

According to Abraham Maslow (quoted from Wikipedia)

Peak experience is "especially joyous and exciting moments in life, involving sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, wonder and awe, and possibly also involving an awareness of transcendental unity or knowledge of higher truth (as though perceiving the world from an altered, and often vastly profound and awe-inspiring perspective)."


One exemplary example of a peak performance coach is Anthony Robbins.


Personally, having gone through several adversities when things seemed to be falling apart and I have rode my horse so fast that I reach the edge of a cliff, a kind friend suggested me to try hypnosis, as she had been able to control her anxiety.

So, coaching (NLP), therapy, hypnosis, holistic wellness, so many ways but which is the right one?

The equilibrium point
There are so many methods in helping one solve problems, turn things around, how to choose then? Rather than comparing which way is the best, I tell myself that there is a possibility that ALL these do work! Just not all of them suits everyone.

It's a good conclusion for now, since we all may not have the resources to try several approaches during our difficult times. And there're most likely not enough such professionals in Malaysia to provide for those in need as well.