August 2014

How Do We Work?

How Do We Work?

 

We are not practicing traditional Western medicine. We do not provide medications, drugs or surgery treatments to either reduce or submerge the conflicts which underlie illness.

 


The Initial Interview-Getting Started

  • We start with an Initial Interview, equivalent, but yet very different from the initial visit to a medical doctor. At this Initial Interview we get to know each other. The majority of this visit is you having an opportunity to tell your story. To describe your symptoms. To tell us how your problems and illness started, and what you think about all of this. It is your opportunity to tell us how you think your illness came about. Even if you do not think you know, most people are very surprised at how much they really do know. Our role for these sessions is simply to listen and ask questions. This will assist you in putting the events and circumstances, as you saw them, that have ultimately led to your illness into perspective. Most people enjoy these sessions. It is their time and their opportunity to be heard, something that is not usually a part of a visit to a medical doctor.
  • During this visit we will, at some ask you to fill out some information forms including a detailed medical history. (If you prefer you can download and print out the Health History forms off of our website. Then complete them prior to your visit, and bring them with you to your first visit. This saves time.) We will also ask questions about who you are and what you want to achieve. Very often people take this step for granted. They assume that like a traditional Western physician all that is necessary is to fill out forms and do a physical examination and do blood tests or take x-rays to get a diagnosis and then medication to "treat" their condition. If that is what is desired then we suggest you do that.
  • In the Initial Interview we are looking to see how in touch you are with the beliefs and conditions that caused your illness. From years of experience we know that most people know most all of the answers they need to know. What they often do not know is how to put their inner knowledge together with action to resolve these conflicts.
  • We become acquainted. We explore whether we can work together; if are you ready; if we know how to help you; or even if we should work together.
  • If we belong together, we will know it. If we don't, we will also know that. If you are really ready to begin your journey, then that will become apparent as well. If you are not, that also will likely become obvious as well.
  • This visit is a working visit, it is not a 15-minute, "let's get to know each other," type of introduction visit. This process could take one or even two sessions. Each session can last anywhere from 50 minutes to 90 minutes. Most of the time decisions on whether to go forward or not are made during this time. We also know, however, that these conflicts have a life of their own. They often do not want to be found or to be challenged. They can and often do create "reasons," negative feelings, or fears which can seem quite logical, even when the person knows deep inside that they really are not real or meaningful. These "reasons," fears and negative feeling can and may prevent the person from returning or joining into any kind of therapy.
  • The fact is, these people are just not ready to start. This, of course, is part of the process. You cannot force or make someone heal them self if they are not ready. We can only give you the tools and the support. You always have to do all of the work. This is your work, your journey and you must do it at your own speed and only when you are ready.
  • Because it is the first step in the healing process and because it is important for you to hear yourself, we do charge a basic fee for the Initial Interview or Interviews, if more than one is done. The exact fees will be discussed at the time the Initial Interview appointment is made, before the individual comes in. Payment is expected prior to starting the session. There are no refunds regardless of whether the individual continues or not. We expect that there will be resistance (we have discussed this above) so the fee for any visit, whether you show up or not will be charged and you will be billed for missed visits unless you cancel 24 hours in advance or there is a real emergency.
  • Often people tell us that it took them weeks, even months, and occasionally years, to decide to go forward. However, just about every client we have worked with have told us that the Initial Interview made a major difference in their life. Therefore it is still a major part of the therapy process, even if you elect not to go forward from that point on.
  • Once a person makes their decision to go forward (even if at the time of the initial visit) we provide forms to request medical records, x-rays, and laboratory results. We review these medical records, and if necessary make copies so we have a complete set. Then we can give the original records to the client to keep for their private medial record collection, or if the client prefers, we will send them to any doctor of their choice (the client pays the postage). Once we receive and have reviewed all of the medical records we will discuss our record review with the client. A fee will be charged for record review based on an hourly charge for time required to review and make determinations.
  • It is essential that between the individual's personal knowledge, the results of the Initial Interview(s), the review of medical records, x-rays and diagnostic testing, that a diagnosis has been made and that pathology has been confirmed by a competent physician. Defining the absolute correct diagnosis, as well as the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual problems, is essential to treating the right condition. Understanding the client's motivation and direction in life, their story, their wants, and problems allow us to make sure that we are also treating the right problem, for the right reasons.
  • Experience has taught us that not all medical diagnoses are correct. That not all medical doctors know what they are doing and that not all prior treatment programs were appropriate. Hence, it may be essential to obtain a second opinion or reconfirm tests or diagnoses. There is no purpose in treating the wrong problem.
  • This does not necessarily interfere with starting LDT nor with beginning to do the work that is necessary. In most situations very early on, the causes of the client's illness, whether or not right diagnoses were made initially, soon begins to make themselves clear. This allows the therapy to move ahead, even while medical reevaluations are ongoing.
     
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    LDT Goals and Processes

    Once LDT is started the goals and processes are extremely simple:

  • We begin with understanding the superficial and hidden meaning(s) of the illness. This is done by talking about the illness, what you feel about it, how it affects you, your life, the people around you as well as your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual centers, goals and directions.
  • We begin the process of understanding the hidden (or obvious) life code implicit within the symptoms and their patterns.
  • We test the theories we derive from working together with practical experience. For example we make small life changes, scrutinize experiences, look at ways we can change negative life situations into positives and we see how these work as well as what reaction they create in others around you. Yes, there is a lot of trial and error work in growing and evolving.
  • We put each individual on a detoxifying diet. We see how you feel and what psychological and emotional blocks arise from doing something positive. These blocks and reactions can immediately tell us about the strength your conflicts have to survive and how much they will fight to retain power over you.
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    Techniques

    There are many techniques we can use to help the process along. Often they are specifically tailored for the specific situation. They are designed to work out simple conflicts that have been causing guilt, fear, anger, hurt, rage or anxiety.

    Others techniques are more universal and designed to free up the subconscious or create a stronger connection to a spiritual advisor, to God or to one's higher self.

       

  • Meditation:
  • Meditation is an excellent tool for getting in touch with the Higher part of one's self and our Intelligent Universe.

  • Prayer:  
  • There are several different types of prayers based on what the client or we feel is best at any one point. For example religious prayer, prayer to a personal deity or prayer to a new deity, one you believe can help you or even one that you create for yourself. The process of Huna Prayer is an excellent form of prayer. You write out what you want, the conditions necessary to get it and you do what needs to be done (this of course, is a great over simplification for lack of time and space.   

  •  Research:
  • It is important (if not already done) to research the specific illness, its symptoms and course of action much like a great general would do gathering intelligence against an adversary he was readying to do battle with. Research can take many forms including review of medical literature, treatments, diagnosis, etc. The end goal is to be fully armed to do battle not only with the causes of this illness but with the illness itself. This research should be done to demystify the illness and allow you to have power over it.

  • Rituals:
  • Rituals abound in our society. Most of what we think of as the "medical visit" is merely a series of rituals that allow medicine to work and give power to the physician. Virtually all religions are based on ritual or some aspect of it. Rituals help channel positive thoughts, power and healing energies. Rituals can be as simple as prayer or meditation. Rituals can also be as complex as your life itself is. The key is to create personal rituals that channel your healing power and help you overcome your illness and ultimately eliminate it from your being.

  • Making Lifestyle Changes:
  • These are important aspects of creating change in communication with your body-mind. Letting the body-mind know that you are not only willing, but actively taking action to move forward in your healing process is essential to facilitate healing.

  • Journaling:
  • Keeping a life event and insight journal (not just an appointment book) allows you to deal with the deepest and most important communications from your body-mind and spirit. Often these parts of us will or can only speak to us through dreams or through free-flight of thought. Such thoughts and insights happen with saying whatever comes to mind in a therapy session or while you are journaling. Possibly you have heard of channeling, where a psychic or medium says that a spirit is channeling through him or her. This process is similar, however, the only spirit you may be channeling is your own inner self, your personal spirit or soul.

  • Hobbies or Art Form:
  • Similar to Journaling your inner self may only be able to channel to you through your art or hobbies. We always encourage finding your own personal form of art. Mine is writing. One of the reasons I write so much is that it allows my inner self to tell me what is really important for me. It tells me what I need to know to help me heal myself.

  • Free Thought:
  • Free thought or flight of thought is very similar to Freud's free association. A technique which Freud used when he had his patients' lie down on a couch. We do not call it Free Association, first because we are not Freudian therapists and hence calling it, "Free Association" might give an in appropriate communication (this of course would be dishonest). Secondly, because our rules are different. You do not have to lie on a couch (unless you want to do this in your own at home). When we use this process in our office and we are directing the flight of thought to specifically look at getting certain types of information, we have our clients sit in a comfortable chair, relax and use visualization exercises to facilitate the process.

  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction Exercises:
  • Since stress often leads to Stress-Related Disorders, which is one of the more common causes of illness or feeling poorly, we often use Relaxation and Stress Reduction Exercises to reduce stress and hence reduce the problems created by it. We also use these as basic exercises for centering and helping the individual prepare for stressful events, for dealing with people who they have conflict with or stressful situations.

  • Play Therapy, Acting Out Roll Playing:
  • These are common techniques used in standard psychology and psychotherapy. We use them in much the same way to get at information that is unwilling to come up in any other way.

  • Life Scripting (Or Possibly Better Still, Life Rescripting):
  • Often we believe that we have been given a raw deal. That if only things had been different, our life would have been much better. Unfortunately we are not always sure how much different and in what ways. We use the belief that life is really only a play where we have each taken (often, but not always of our own free will) certain parts with certain goals and reasons. Using Life Scripting we ask people to rewrite their life. Rewrite it as they would have liked it to be creating a new role for themselves, bringing the script up to the present and helping them to see how using this script (working on faulty ideas, lies and negative messages) they can change their life from this day forward.

  • Body Symptom Dialoguing:
  • Our illness is really an intelligent communication from our body to us, through our body-mind, telling us that we still have important unresolved conflicts which require resolution. Any way we can get in contact with this information and learn what needs to be done to not only facilitate the healing process and make it more rapid, but also make it more accurate. We have devised a technique of actually going into the body (in thought and words) to the organ, organs or bodily systems that are trying to communicate with us and directly asking it what it needs us to do. Incredibly, this often creates instant healing. If not instant healing it greatly speeds up the process and helps us learn whatever lesson we must learn from the illness.

     


    These are just a few of the techniques we may use in uncovering and changing conflicted beliefs that are causing physical (medical and non-medical), mental, emotional or spiritual illness. In addition to these techniques we may also use, or refer clients out to take advantage of, art and/or music therapy, energetics, marshal arts, massage, acupressure, acupuncture, Chinese medicine or chiropractic, depending what is needed to either deal with acute symptoms or release tension and hidden conflicts.