Attachment Centered Therapy, or ACT, is my own development. It is based on the idea, now strongly supported by research, that attachment forms the basis of much of our personality and how we deal with our life challenges. It predicts how we will function in intimate relationships and influences who we will choose as partners. It is my belief that disruptions in attachment underlay almost all addictions, personality disorders, and other dysfunctional behaviours.
ACT is a combination of attachment with other powerful theories that maximizes the therapeutic effect in the most efficient way possible while reprogramming the unconscious mind.
The unconscious is responsible for our memory and emotion, and is where addiction and other dysfunctions originate and propagate. By reprogramming the unconscious mind, powerful and far-reaching change takes place, allowing us to be in harmony and to achieve our goals.
Developed by Dr. Albert Ellis and continued by his colleagues via the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, REBT is the original and most highly developed form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
REBT is a powerful tool that can be combined with meditative approaches for those so inclined in order to enhance our internal experience of the world.
NLP is a new and cutting edge therapy techniques. Constantly evolving, NLP is based on the work of Fritz Perls' Gestalt Therapy, Milton Erickson’s hypnotherapy (now known as Ericksonian Hypnosis), Virginia Satir’s Conjoint Family Therapy, and Gregory Bateson’s Cybernetics.
Developed originally by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP continues to evolve as others explore its seemingly endless applications to the functioning of mind and emotions.
Time Line Therapy was developed by Tad James, who was trained by Richard Bandler, and is an outgrowth of NLP. TLT is the technology for the 21st century. It is fast, powerful and effective in getting rid of negative emotions from the past, limiting decisions, phobias, traumas, and any other “baggage” that limits our growth, our potential as human beings, and our ability to relate to others.
TLT can also be used for creating the future in order to get what it is that you want, and in exploring the past in order to determine how you got where you are, if that is important to you.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – This approach to therapy emphasizes the needs that we all have as human beings, and how our needs continue to evolve and grow as we do. It looks at how each need creates a different feeling both when met and unmet, and how we go about dealing with our feelings and needs.
This model of therapy, and of what motivates humans to strive for what they want or need, helps us to assess developmental deficits but also helps us to know what to do in order to work toward maximizing our potential as human beings, or what Maslow called “self-actualization”.
This approach to therapy looks at the events from the past: our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of events, and how they continue to affect us today in how we relate to others.
Alfred Adler was one of Freud’s contemporaries as a student and later colleague, along with Carl Jung. While Adler did not create the cult of personality that accompanied Freud and Jung, his contributions to psychodynamic therapy have continued to the present day.
His approaches to child rearing and harmonious family relationships are still being taught today. He proposed an egalitarian and even handed approach by emphasizing that children had rights the same as adults, taking responsibility, and allowing children to experience the consequences of their behaviour.
He also formulated the idea of inferiority and superiority complexes, birth order factors and styles of parenting that are still being used today. As with other robust therapies, his ideas continue to be expanded upon and developed today.
John Bowlby proposed the theory of attachment as an alternative to the Freudian “drive” theory. This created a great deal of controversy within the neo-Freudian community at the time, but today Bowlby’s ideas have become the most exciting development in psychology for a long time.
Attachment style determines how we will relate to ourselves, how we will relate to others – and especially those closest to us, our model of how the world works, and how we go about nurturing and cherishing ourselves and others.
As such, it is the underlying and determining factor in how we are going to spend the rest of our lives, and predicts many of the problems that we are going to encounter. Healing disorders of attachment is fundamental to healthy living.