Curator of the Mind
Talk therapy is a form of treatment wherein a trained therapist provides a safe and confidential space for individuals to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. The primary goal of talk therapy is to help people to understand and manage their emotions, behaviors, and relationships with themselves and others.
As a Hypnotherapist, NLP & EFT Practitioner, Tai Chi Instructor & Life Coach I see various approaches to talk therapy. This is mine:
Just as art galleries and museums have curators as custodians of their content, I see my talk therapist role as a Curator of the Mind
Early in life I discovered that my memory was almost photographic and learned to appreciate the awesome power of words which painted pictures on the infinite canvas of possibilities in my mind. Through my love of literature, reading became as important to me as breathing. By the age of 11 I had worked my way through the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, William Shakespeare and JRR Tolkien, plus much of the Psychology section of my local library. Simultaneously I also immersed myself in the superhero world of Marvel Comics. These apparently disparate sources all opened my mind to the infinite possibilities of the imagination. They became the cornerstones of what would, later in life, evolve into my belief that talk therapy is both a science and an art, and that both these aspects must be honored, in order for it to succeed.
Honouring both the scientific and the artistic also encourages both left brain and right brain involvement
The scientist within me utilises my Curator of the Mind talk therapy approach in a systematic way. I listen to their VAKOG preferences for clues as to whether clients are visual thinkers, auditory thinkers or kinesthetic thinkers. Open-ended questions are used to invite open-ended answers, empowering clients to reveal brushstrokes on their mind canvas. Repeating their own words back to them demonstrates to clients that I am listening, and so builds rapport. Having gathered information, I then use focus questions to narrow their focus of attention and establish selective thinking, necessary to induce hypnosis, then invite clients to switch from problem based thinking to solution based thinking.
As an artist, my Curator of the Mind talk therapy approach draws upon the afore-mentioned canvas metaphor. My clients’ words reveal the brushstrokes which shape their view of themselves, their reality, and their relationship to themselves in that reality. As they speak, their words build pictures in my mind, opening a door through which I begin to comprehend their view of the world. I listen to the stories they tell themselves and follow their words, allowing them to lead. Then, once rapport is built, I gently take the paintbrush and help them to find solutions, the treasures hidden deep under the mental brushstrokes they have made in the past.
Please understand that my Curator of the Mind talk therapy approach is not THE definitive way of doing talk therapy, but it is my way.
Andrew Hardwick, CHt, NZLC, MNZAPH, HNZRCH, MNZNTCCA
Founder of Andrew Hardwick Ltd
Trading as Andrew Hardwick Hypnotherapy
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