Bob Podolsky on Psychological Therapy
Cognitive therapy is what most people think of in terms of psychological therapy it is what is primarily taught in schools and is the least effective because it does not work with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is were all the major decisions are made, then the conscious mind rationalizes them.
The psychology profession is a cartel and as such despises alternative methods which may be more effective. A cartel is a shared monopoly that is used to control an industry for the perceived intention of “protecting the public”, however the true function is to protecting the members of the cartel from competition and to expand governments power.
The first type of alternative therapy is known as Gestalt therapy which was invented by Fritz Pearls. He found a way to have the client to learn more and more about themselves on a deep emotional way. For the client it can be ordeal, however ancient memories can be recovered. Bob for example recalls vividly being born and being circumcised. His memory is stacks up to the actual events. It was awful because an infant does not localize pain. For an infant a scratch on the arm is felt throughout the entire body!
Bio-Energetic Therapy is based on the premise that the body is a manifestation of energy and a flow of energy in the body. This can be seen in how someone caries their body. Bio-energetic therapy was developed by Alexander Lowen who was a student of Wilhem Reich who was a student of Sigmund Freud.
Characterology is the study of what we do to ourselves to keep us from knowing who we are. Most if not all of us as children are subjected to stresses and trauma in most cases by our unwitting parents. This is known as character structure. In the time of Freud it was assumed this could not be changed however with various exercises they can be lifted like layers of an onion.
Strategic Therapy is based on the therapeutic double bind and invented by Jay Haley. For example suppose an overweight client comes in and wants to lose weight. I would recommend the client GAIN 3 pounds. The client objects and say I want to loose weight not gain it. You want to work with me? You need to gain 3 pounds. The client can either obey or disobey. If the client obeys then I can then have them obey and loose weight or they can disobey me and loose weight.
Neuro Linguistic Programing or NLP, Bob was first introduced to NLP by Tony Robbins before he was famous. NLP was invented by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. Behavior is wired into us and works on the subconscious. This was developed by studying the work of Virginia Satir, Fritz Pearls and Milton Erickson. NLP is how the frontal cortex interprets reality through the senses of Visual Auditory and Kinestetic or VAK. The frontal cortex builds a map of what it has interpreted reality to be, however the map is NOT the territory!
Ericksonian Hypnosis developed by Milton Erickson, is an ideal way to interface directly with the subconscious mind.
characteristic of a good therapist
The number 1 characteristic of a good therapist is one who has extensive therapy on themselves. In order for a therapist to take you to a place you have never been to it is important for them to have gone to all the dark places first.