How The Thrive Programme® is different to other types of Therapy and Interventions
I understand that it can be really quite a minefield when deciding which intervention may work best for you. In fact, most of my clients have already tried other treatments to little or no avail. Below, I describe exactly how The Thrive Programme® differs to the other mainsteam treatments so that you can make more of an informed choice.
How The Thrive Programme® is different to Suggestion Hypnotherapy
The appeal of hypnotherapy is entirely understandable. When people feel powerless about resolving their anxiety or symptom, who wouldn't like the idea of being 'put out to sleep' to find that your problems are gone when you wake up! This CAN indeed sometimes be the case when a person has a minor symptom and their mind is conducive to absorbing hypnotic suggestions.
However, ALL psychological symptoms, whether it's depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, insomnia are the direct result of our beliefs. Therefore, in order to permanently overcome a symptom, the most empowering thing we can do is understand and address the thinking that caused it in the first place. Hypnosis may well help to give someone an initial boost in the right direction, but without the substance or foundation to support their new thinking/beliefs they run the risk of quickly undoing the hypnotic suggestions by reverting to old ways of thinking and responding.
The aim of Hypnosis is to suggest away symptoms. However, symptoms are only the END RESULT of other issues - whether it's issues with our self esteem, social anxiety or feeling out of control. Therefore, unless these primary issues are addressed, many positive results of hypnotherapy are unlikely to be permanent. The good news is that it really is quite simple to change the real cause of our symptoms in an empowering and permanent way - which is what The Thrive Programme can do in just six sessions.
The hugely positive results gained from The Thrive Programme® empower people because they are predictable, understandable and long-lasting. From my own previous experience as a hypnotherapist, results achieved from hypnotherapy rarely offer those benefits.
How The Thrive Programme® is different from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)?
It is entirely different to techniques such as NLP or CBT, even if on the surface they may sound similar.
Thrive doesn’t just focus upon giving a person some isolated insights, tools and techniques to cope with a symptom or problem. These approaches are 'fire-fighting' - trying to control or reduce the anxiety AFTER it has already created it by our thinking. Often people tire quickly of having to maintain this level of effort of fending of negative thoughts. The Thrive Programme@ is about Thriving and overcoming symptoms is just a part of that. It is about creating strong psychological foundations (such as good self esteem) so that we are not creating anxiety. You don't need to fire-fight if you are not setting fires in the first place!
The Thrive Programme@ is a life-changing training course, which provides people with unique self-insights that enables them to develop the beliefs, resources and motivation to build resilience and make positive changes across all areas of their lives. It is of limited value teaching you any sort of 'positive thinking' or CBT or NLP techniques unless you understand the component parts of your thinking and beliefs that continue to create the anxiety. If you are not able to understand or alter the driving forces behind your symptoms or anxiety, it can feel as though you are 'treading water' trying to fend off negative thoughts.
CBT and NLP focus upon symptoms and the problematic thinking that causes them. However, the sheer act of focusing upon problems gives them more attention and power. The focus of The Thrive Programme@ is on creating positive beliefs such as good self esteem. We focus upon what you do want, rather than what you don't want!
How The Thrive Programme@ is different to counselling?
Counselling can be beneficial by allowing a person to off-load or talk through a problem. This is particularly useful if that person is unable to talk to friends or family. However, the disadvantage of counselling can be that you may find yourself going over old ground, dredging up past hurts and experiences and bringing those pains to the surface but with no resolution or change of perspective.
This can especially be the case when the focus is upon on discussing people's childhoods. Frequently, when people feel unhappy with themselves or their lives in the here, they hope that resolving past issues will help their present day problems. However, revisiting the past is rarely the answer. Being able to pinpoint when a particular unhelpful feeling or behaviour began does not necessarily enable you to change your unhelfpful beliefs and behaviour today. This is because it is NOT the events that happened to us in our lives that directly affect us, but the beliefs we continue to hold about ourselves since those events occurred.
The Thrive Programme focuses upon your beliefs and thoughts TODAY, because this is what we can affect and change...unlike the past.
Comparisons with other interventions: A past client's perspective
One of my previous clients has kindly written about her experience of the programme. She came to me after feeling disillusioned with CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and counselling. This is what she had to say:
The way I found this programme was through searching hypnotism on the internet. After having years of counselling and CBT, and still not really seeing any noticeable changes in myself, I felt like hypnotising myself was the last resort and only option I had left. When I first met with Cara, I explained that the route of all my problems was related to a troubled childhood, which had been the focus of all my previous counselling and therapy sessions, and said I wanted to be hypnotised into fading and making these uncomfortable memories disappear. I soon learned that this isn't the help which was on offer to me.
When I first started Thrive I thought 'here we go again', another course of sessions of talking about things i'd rather forget, and working on things which never seem to change. However having completed the course, i've never been so grateful for the existence of a programme which genuinely is so different and helpful over therapies such as CBT.
A major example of my problems included feeling depressed on a regular basis and using alcohol and destructive behaviours as a way to mask these feelings. I was often told to just stop drinking and to stop engaging in certain behaviours, despite having never really been told how. It constantly made me feel like I was helpless, and began to believe that I should accept that this is me, my personality, and theres no point trying to change my ways.
Thrive is an actively engaging programme which doesn't necessarily directly deal with what you may have gone through, but deals with managing your thinking, and really does change the way you react, think and feel about almost everything in life. It has truly made me realise that life is actually pretty simple, and what happened to me in the past is the past, and by simply re-gaining control of my thoughts and therefore actions, I am the happiest I could have ever imagined. Thrive truly saved me, and nothing I can say can explain the depth and extent to which it did so, but all I know is that those feelings of sadness and helplessness are a genuine distant memory and Ive never felt so in control of all my emotions.
Even if theres someone out there with minor confidence issues, giving up addictions, or weight-loss, theres nothing I would recommend more than this programme. Theres no reason not to do it other than to change your life for the better. It lasts forever, because you don't just leave the programme with a list of techniques and ideas, you leave a changed you.