Why become a Life Centered Therapy practitioner?
It lets you put your job as a therapist into a much broader therapeutic and world context by
- Asserting a worldview which provides a coherent framework with guiding principles and practices that naturally follow from it
- Allows a way of understanding and implementing therapy which seems aligned with ancient wisdom traditions (Kabbalistic, Vedic, Buddhist) and the latest realizations in psychology, biology, physics and systems theory.
- Provides simple, powerful explanations for clients about what therapy is, why they come for therapy, and how therapy works to heal them.
It gives you a new approach/tools to help people in a very effective and efficient way by
- Learning a framework, a set of guiding principles, and practices and interventions that can be immediately integrated into your current psychological practice.
- Providing you a means to determine hierarchically through this diagnostic framework what the client needs to work on, exactly where and how the client is stuck and how to transform it. Client often notice a difference right away.
- Inviting you into presuming nothing about the nature of reality and therefore what is the cause of your client’s problem. In that simple lack of presumption, it opens us to solutions which may not be considered in other frameworks.
- Learning how to distinguish symptoms that are the remembering of trauma versus symptoms that are the remembering of how we coped with trauma and the different ways to work with each of them.
It affords an opportunity to work more comprehensively by
- Realizing that the focus of Psychology is human suffering which may express itself emotionally, mentally, relationally, spiritually and even physically.
- Work effectively with such things that are typically outside the purview of psychology such as chronic pain or idiopathic diseases. In our experience this is possible because we believe all suffering is an expression of PTSD.
- Learning how to understand and work with personality disorders in a simple and powerful way by reframing them as coping mechanisms for fears.
How Easy Is It to Learn for a Therapist?
Even though Life Centered Therapy is a full framework rather than an intervention, it is quite easy to learn the basics. You can learn the structure, a simple 5 step protocol in as short a time as a day, and you can immediately use it in your practice and get positive results. We recommend the LCT Year I Training (link) (15 days) because it teaches about underlying patterns, giving you a way to work even more effectively and efficiently with your clients.
The therapist role is to become an expert in the framework. The framework is a map of all the possibilities of how to give words to what people are experiencing. Once you know the possibilities, you can invite the client into finding their particular experience that is impeding the realization of their desire(s).
Foundational Healing Premises (link)
Life Centered Therapy draws from many psychological traditions.
- From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy comes the idea that our irrational beliefs create difficulties for us.
- From Psychoanalysis, that unresolved internal conflicts lead to our symptoms and limited perspectives.
- From Narrative Therapy, the fundamental power of our stories as a lens through which we perceive reality.
- From Systems Theory, the realization that everything is interconnected.
- From Depth Psychology, the profound idea that we experience life through archetypes and that we are made up of a community of personas, each of which has a life of its own and informs us.
- From Body Centered Psychotherapy, the revelation that every life experience we can’t handle has an associated body sensation, and it is this sensation that has the problem and the story to tell.
- From the Enneagram, the simple and powerful revelation that each of us experiences the world through one core lens and that this lens protects and limits us, and reveals our core motivation.
- From Trauma Therapy, the recognition that events we cannot handle create a template that acts almost like a magnet, bringing similar experiences that help us to re-member and master the original overwhelming one.
- From Buddhist Psychology, the realization that we are not our experiences and that self-acceptance is the key to mature freedom.
- And finally, from Quantum Psychology, the profound revelation that each of us is a mystical cell in the body of Life itself and that each of us has a role to play in the evolution of Life.
Andy – The silliness of this card (except for “the best” part) in no way echoes the profundity of our session! It was beyond-words amazing, as are you. WOW.
Wow and Thank you.