You want to know how I prepared myself for surgery.
Preparation took years ... it was part of my journey. I will briefly explain.
The starting point:
In 2002 I qualified as a Psychotherapist. In 2004 I had issues in my personal life and I sort therapeutic help from the profession. It did not work. I fell into deep depression. I stopped seeing clients and withdrew inside myself. Many weeks passed when an event woke me up with the questions, “Why are you doing this to yourself? Who is pulling strings to make you feel and react the way you are?”
Those questions started my journey of discovery; within weeks I had secured and read many books on the topics of mind, body, quantum physics and related subjects. I started asking myself new questions, developing a routine that brought me out of depression, and well enough to be able to see clients again. I had thoughts that I may just be me making things up, the placebo effect, but I was not really bothered as I felt well, and was able to take an active and responsible attitude. My business picked up, and then a serendipitous meeting changed the direction of my life.
A man rang and asked if I could help him stop smoking. At the first meeting I asked him how many cigarettes he smoked. His answer was a wake-up call. “I do smoke, but that is not why I have come to see you.” I asked him to explain. “I have not been able to work for over six weeks ... I am sure I am going to lose my job. My doctor will not give me antidepressants until I have seen a therapist.”
My response was ‘what a wonderful doctor you have and why does a young man in his thirties want antidepressants?’
He told a story of how the woman he had been living with and loved for the last two years, had left him, and he was unable to cope without her. He had started drinking and stopped eating, resulting in his loss of caring about himself. Could I help him?
As his story was close to my own life, and I knew from experience that ‘normal’ therapy had not worked with me, I suggested to him that I would teach him some routines I had developed which had enabled me to overcome strong negative behaviour. He agreed and within two weeks he had stopped his excessive drinking, was eating sensibly, but more impressive he was back at work. This suddenly woke me up to the thought that perhaps what I was doing with myself was not a placebo, but in fact a process with real potential.
Over the following months I introduced more and more clients to the routine. The results were significant. Clients gave me feedback and together the process developed; one client actually gave the process a name, she called it Dynamic Thought Transfer Process. In 2008 I decided I needed to collect client data to evidence the significant results the process produced. Since February 2008 I have collected data from many clients, which provides evidence that if a client participates fully in the programme within six sessions of therapy (four to six weeks) their health and behaviour have significantly changed, many leaving therapy to embrace life to the full.
The success of my work with clients took me deeper into asking, ‘How does the DTT process work?’ Why does it work?
The DTT process has been developed with the understanding that the knowledge shared is only the best guess or understanding that science and philosophy has at this moment in time. It is not cast-in-stone; it is only that which can either be understood or experienced at this moment in our evolution. It is not presented as truth which will not or cannot be changed ... it is presented as a snap-shot, at this moment in time, for the purpose of enlightenment and healing, with the clear understanding that we will learn more tomorrow, as we build upon what we know today.
The DTT process is a tool for empowering individuals to rid themselves of negative or destructive behaviour, within weeks of fully participating in the process, not months or years. It does not involve hypnosis. The process teaches participants to take control of their life without intervention from another person.
The process, based on Existential Person-Centred Therapy, focuses on the freedom of choice in shaping one’s own life. It teaches responsibility, self-determination including self awareness. DTT concentrates on the present, on the future. It helps clients to make appropriate choices in dealing with the challenges of life. Whereas other therapeutic protocols may keep people in therapy for many months if not years, the DTT process works within weeks. WHY … simply because it instructs participants how their body-mind partnership works, then empowers individuals to take control of their lives, by providing relevant techniques as a resource that really work.
The main controversial issue with this process relating to other therapeutic techniques, is that most other techniques take, as a given, that transference of emotions will occur between client and therapist. The DTT process does not encourage, nor does it tolerate, any transference of any emotion between client and therapist. In this process, the therapist acts as a guide, supporting the client.
I teach clients how to meditate, move their thoughts and control their mind and body. I tested out my techniques in an extreme situation (hernia operation without any anaesthetic) because I wanted to know if it really worked or was it the work of the ‘placebo effect’.
I know the process really works ... I do not believe it I KNOW IT; and there is a big difference between believing and knowing. Believing something means you have to trust an unknown, knowing something means you take responsibility because you know you are responsible.
It is the teaching of this knowledge and the actual technique of moving thoughts that make the process real. Clients are educated in how the mind and body connect. I teach them how to get into a relaxed meditative state within 60 seconds and how to take control of their body signals. It is a wonderful life-changing experience when you realise how your mind controls your body, and that you control your mind.