How can I help you to become unstuck?
Initial discussion & interview
You may have done the current state short questionnaire online but if not, I will get you to do it in my rooms or online via skype. I will then take a history by asking questions and will give you an opportunity to ask questions of me. This interview takes 1 hour and is complimentary if we go ahead with further sessions.
If agreed by both the client and I the second and subsequent sessions will start the intervention process using one or more of the methods below.
1. Psychological coaching & counselling
Psychological coaching and counselling enables a sharp focus on your talents so that they can be used in different ways to improve performance in various aspects of your life and also how you feel about yourself. It will also facilitate the survival of difficult life transitions and enable the focused attention to challenges. The approach is based on a straightforward, supportive and solution oriented brief coaching and counselling model. First, we ensure that your personal values are well defined and clarified and then they we align them with your life, behaviour and goals. Then you are prepared for changes in your current and future behaviour so that you can realise all your goals and improve the overall quality of your personal and professional life.
‘BWRT™’ stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy™’, created by one of the UK’s leading therapists and trainers and is extensively used in South Africa. It’s a ‘content-free’ process and, all the therapist needs to know, is what the client wants to be able to do, or to be able to stop doing. Personal problems, fears, anxieties, even severe difficulties can often “melt away” in just a single session when working with a professionally registered BWRT™ Practitioner. The therapy can even be carried out via the internet, so a lack of confidence, feelings of awkwardness or tight schedules need not be an obstacle to improving your life.
3. Life adjustment therapy & coaching (for individuals aged 35 & over)
If you think you may be having a life transition crisis (e.g. midlife crisis) or challenge and the results of the questionnaires indicate this probability, then the process starts with an explanation of the Life transition model. This is followed by feedback of the output from the Life Transition (LTQ), Ways of Coping (WCQ) questionnaires as well as biographical information obtained at the first session. This data is applied to the model to show you where and why you are stuck. In particular I can show you how your personal and environmental factors facilitate the crisis or challenge. Finally, I am able to provide advice, guidance and tools to help you regain sustainable life momentum and become more resilient.
4. Acceptance & commitment coaching (ACT)
ACT is known as a modern next generation behavioural Therapy. The theory behind ACT is that to try to remove or change disturbing feelings, emotions or psychological experiences is fruitless and sometimes disadvantageous. ACT adopts the view that there are valid alternatives to trying to change the way you think, and these include mindful behaviour, attention to personal values, and commitment to action. By taking steps to change your behaviour while, at the same time, learning to accept your psychological experiences, you can eventually change your attitude and emotional state.
5. Mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness meditation has become a mainstream method of reducing stress and involves different methods of meditating so as to become very focused on the present moment. The here and now! Mindfulness meditation is usually added to one of the interventions above.
6. Clinical Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is sometimes requested by clients and is an appropriate alternative in cases where stuckness is clearly rooted in past issues and they cannot be resolved through other means. Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration and focussed attention which enables the achievement of awareness within the subconscious mind. Further explanation of the process is given in session.
Group facilitated training & development
Group facilitated training and development in interpersonal and communication skills is also offered.
This is where a small group (no more than 6 at a time) meet for 3 hours once per week to talk, interact and receive training and development in interpersonal skills and how to communicate effectively in difficult situations and with difficult people.
When I had my first session with Dr Palk, I was pretty much at the bottom end of my life’s grid. After being guided by him to constructive and healing procedures, I climbed out of the abyss into the sunlight and tomorrow is once again a day to look forward to.
“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. ”
Feeling stuck, anxious, angry or sad without knowing why?
Many people, especially those moving into midlife (35 to 65 years of age) and older (post-retirement), have experienced these situations and it’s not always easy to know how to deal with them. This can sometimes result in feelings of stuckness leading to anxiety anger and/or depression without knowing why.