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Sequential Psychotherapy

 

 

Sequential Psychotherapy is a model of therapy I developed with the intention of improving therapy outcomes. Having worked for a few years in clinical practice I became aware that the standard models of therapy, while effective, are often somewhat incomplete. Sometimes the wrong approach is used to address a problem, while at other times the approach used isn’t broad enough to deal with the complex issues that some clients present with. This isn’t to imply that clinicians are incompetent, only that our current models are helping some clients while letting others down. Below are a selection of common experiences that clients report to me at their initial consultations:

 

 

“I had CBT before but it didn’t really do anything for me.”

 

 

“I was in counselling for 3 years and I guess I got some insight into why I am the way I am...but I’ve still got my problem.”

 

 

“I went through cognitive therapy last year and it was great, but for some reason I feel I’m still having to battle quite hard to manage my thinking.”

 

 

“I’ve tried everything from CBT to EFT to EMDR. I’ve done hypnotherapy, mindfulness, reiki, you name it, but I still feel shit.”

 

 

“I’ve been on medication for 2 years now and it’s been useful, but I don’t want to be on it forever. I’ve read every self-help book out there but nothing seems to help.”

 

 

"Someone told me psychoanalysis might help, but when I spoke to an analyst they told me it involved 2 - 3 sessions a week for up to 10 years! I can't commit to that!"

 

 

My goal with Sequential Psychotherapy was to provide a system that helps to address all of these issues. Often therapists from different theoretical backgrounds fight over whose methods are superior. It seems obvious to me however that those different methods are appropriate and effective at different times, with different people, for different reasons. As a member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration my focus  was to create an efficacious integrative therapy system capable of providing the best care for my clients in a realistic time-frame.

 

 

The fact is that the human brain is a complex organ and we’re only just beginning to scratch the surface of its complexity. Sequential Psychotherapy draws on the latest neuroscience and psychology research to present a neurobiological approach to therapy that seeks to honour the sheer complexity and sophistication of your brain.

 

 

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"Sequential Psychotherapy draws on the latest neuroscience and psychology research to present a neurobiological approach to therapy that seeks to honour the sheer complexity and sophistication of your brain."

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After my own therapy journey began successfully, the potential depths that therapy had to offer intrigued me. I began researching and studying many forms of therapy seeking to understand what made them work, and, more importantly, what areas of the brain they worked on and why. Through my research two things became apparent. The first is that many forms of therapy work in similar ways but use different terminology to describe their conceptual framework. The second is that different subsets of therapy work with different regions of the brain. I learned that you can work through symptoms and problems much faster, and with greater rigour, when you understand the specific brain circuits you are working with and seeking to affect.

 

 

Do my symptoms mean there something wrong with me?

 

 

Not at all. Instead of viewing symptoms as ‘dysfunctions’ or ‘disorders’ Sequential Psychotherapy recognises that your brain and body comprise a complex network of systems; systems that work in tandem as well as independently. Beyond specific medical or genetic complications, symptoms are simply evidence that your brain’s processing systems have organised information in such a way as to create some sort of conflict within your experience. In most case this conflict is capable of being resolved. My goal with Sequential Psychotherapy was to create a system that not only helps you overcome your presenting symptoms, but also enables you to experience a profound sense of self-harmony and empowerment.

 

 

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"My goal with Sequential Psychotherapy was to create a system that not only helps you overcome your presenting symptoms, but also enables you to experience a profound sense of self-harmony and personal empowerment."

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You can discover more about Sequential Psychotherapy, find out why your symptoms are happening, and what we can do about it, over at the Sequential Psychotherapy website.

 

 

I would encourage anybody who is struggling with an issue to go and see Seb. He helped me completely change my outlook on life and become a much more positive person. Not only did this help with the issue I consulted him for, but also improved my day-to-day life. If your not sure, I would encourage you to go and see him and you will be glad you did!

 

 

S.M. - Anxiety

 

 

 

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