The Process Model

The Process Model was developed in 1980 by Don Hadlock and Carol Hadlock, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. This model continues to evolve as we train counselors to become more effective in meeting the needs of their clients.

What are the basic perspectives of process model?
All of us humans are looking for a sense of fulfillment and well-being in our lives—that state where we are able to allow life energy to flow easily and without resistance. However, when negative events happen and we perceive we are broken, or not safe, most of us constrict our flow of well-being and perceive our experience as un-ease. We invite our clients to identify their psychological constrictions and release them, thus making room for the return to ease, awareness of life’s energy flow, and the experience of fulfillment in their lives.

What are the concepts with regard to relationships?

  • One’s relationship with Self is extended into his/her relationships with others.
  • Through our relationships with others, we figure out our relationship with ourselves.
  • Relationships are gifts for discovering ourselves as well as opportunities to celebrate ourselves with others.
  • Relationships become unfulfilling when we get stuck in our old injuries and issues, and then play them out onto others.
  • Relationships can be healed, developed, and nurtured as the individuals become more healed. As individuals become more fulfilled, so do the relationships they have.

What are the goals of process therapy model?

  • To invite clients to transcend, heal, and get beyond old and ineffective patterns of interaction that interfere with a fulfilling life.
  • To invite clients to expand their sense of well being by resolving life constrictions that have been restricting their life energy and flow of well-being.
  • To invite clients to learn and do their part in communicating, solving problems, and maintaining positive interactions.
  • To invite clients to discover their unproductive interactions within their relationship, and to practice new techniques that lead to more fulfillment within their interactions.

What is the evoltions of process therapy model?
This model continues to evolve as we train counselors to become more effective in meeting the needs of their clients. The Process Therapy Institute was founded in 1982 to support the development and refinement of this model of therapy.

What Therapeutic Perspective does PTI take?

  • We invite you to begin, continue on, and/or return to the journey of finding your inner truth.
  • We encourage you to live from that truth, with love both for yourself and for others.
  • We invite all participants at PTI into a mind-set of abundance where each seeks to allow his potential through participation with others.
  • We invite clients, students, colleagues, and ourselves to adopt a life direction of self-empowerment.
  • We encourage and invite you to work with the mind, body, emotions and spirit.
  • We have been described as: 
Humanistic in the way we hold compassion for the human journey we all share, 
Buddhist in the ways we find to become awake and grow our consciousness,
 Existentialist in the way we honor the struggle of our existence,
 Experiential in the way we invite our clients into the here and now, then deeper into their experience
, and Spiritual in the way we encourage a journey of self discovery and the awareness of a connectedness to everything.

Our hope for you is that you graduate from this program with clarity about who you are as a therapist, with joy about your work and with freedom to be the best you can be.

Which counseling theories does PTI advocate?
We encourage you to develop an attitude of unconditional fascination for your work and for the human beings you treat, to let go of agenda for the Other, and within the frame of respect both for Other and for Self, to develop your own therapeutic style.
We teach a variety of therapeutic enactments—how to work in various mediums, and how to integrate the numerous counseling models into a psychotherapy you can understand, own, and use effectively. Inviting, connecting, deepening and following, Process is also taught and practiced.

I want to know more – tell me about the free discovery session!
We provide a free discovery session to interns and trainees who to find out more about the process training model. There is no charge. In this session you can visit PTI and attend a 4-hr session. The first 2hrs of the session will be process training and the other two hours you will be able to sit behind a one-way mirror and watch other interns/trainees work with a client using the process model, while the supervisor is in the intern/trainee’s ear guiding them through the session.