Interact Journal Integrative Ideas for the Process-Oriented Psychotherapist
Process Model Concepts Overview
Don Hadlock, the Process Therapy Institute’s founder, give a brief overview of the stages of a client’s journey to healing.
Holdings – the power of a cuddle
As parents, we don’t need to be told that holding our children is sometimes the most powerful and effective way of enveloping them in calmness and security. It’s a vital part of creating the secure bond of attachment that children carry with them throughout their future life, and, before our babies can talk, it can sometimes be the only way to communicate the strong feelings of love and protectiveness that we have towards them. As our children grow physically bigger, rambunctious, and more independent, the frequency, length and intensity of our cuddles with them often tends to fall away – it’s easier to keep hold of a slippery eel than an eight-year old schoolboy! As all that happens, it’s easy to forget the primal power that a loving embrace exerts over a distressed, disconnected child. Used in this situation, we at PTI refer to a cuddle as a ‘holding’. Read on to see how simple and useful a tool it can be in your parenting skill set.
PTI Guiding Principles
Sending and receiving love are the most important and fulfilling processes that help to make us whole. In fact, they are two parts of a whole – we can’t do more of one than we can the other.
Hey, Misery – yes, you!
Hey – Misery! Why are you following me round the whole time with me?
Huh – glad you finally asked me. All those un-completed, un-allowed negative experienced that you have? I just cannot keep away from them!
Positive Attitude Towards Learning
Begin to think of all incoming information as neutral. Consider information as an invitation and perceive it all as valuable to you. An example I think of comes from the 1986 movie Short Circuit, where a newly liberated robot craves input. He proceeds to devour all information available. His intake of information is, in itself, his joy.
We are just Visiting
Thank you for choosing earth.
We invite you to relax and have fun.
There are some rules. You will discover them as you journey.
A Journey of Truth
We are all on a journey toward knowing ourselves better, becoming more aware and more connected to the truth of who we really are.
It is only through our relationships with others that we discover deeper truths about ourselves.
One can never know the truth about another’s journey towards truth.
What is Process Therapy?
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.