August 2014

Is LDT Psychotherapy?

Is LDT Psychotherapy?

 

LDT is not psychotherapy. Instead it is a problem solving process and a method of understanding how the interplay between body, mind, emotions and spirit operate. LDT allows us to become aware of our inner conflicts and using real-world, everyday techniques solve the problems and underlying faulty beliefs and ideas that have created these conflicts. It acts to train you to recognize conflicts, resolve them, learn from them and then how to grow and evolve to your highest and best self using these conflicts and experiences as your teachers.

While we work with the mind and dealing with past experiences, we adhere to no specific theory of psychology. We may, however, use bits and pieces of many psychological theories, employing those techniques that work to free us from anger, fear, guilt, depression and negativity. Along with this we use a series of understandings or truths from the great religions of the world. Those truths which have withstood the test of time and can help us find harmony and balance in life. Those truths that relieve negative feelings, beliefs and emotions help replace them with positive and constructive ones allowing us peace and joy in our lives.

We use a number of different processes including helping you see your inner feelings and beliefs, teaching you what you need to know and loving constructive confrontation when you stray from the process. Our goal is not to allow you to undermine yourself. That is we discourage maintaining belief systems or habits that cause you pain, hurt, or are detrimental to your well-being.

What is or is not appropriate to your well-being is ultimately decided upon by you. You make the rules, the final decisions and set your own goals. What we do is help you stay on target with the goals, decisions and directions you have set.

Another reason that LDT cannot be considered to be a form of Psychotherapy is that Psychotherapy works only with the mind and emotions. It is rarely, if ever, used to treat illnesses, nor used for the prevention illness other than emotional illnesses. Most psychotherapists rarely if ever, include or work with the physical, lifestyle, spiritual or religious side of the person. LDT does all of these. Our main goal is not only the prevention of mental or emotional illness, but most importantly the treatment of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illness or imbalance. In some ways what we do may overlap psychotherapy especially when we work with persons who are depressed or are experiencing anxiety, or panic disorders, but when we are working with the physical conditions created by these problems we are well out of psychotherapy and primarily operating in the area of healing or alternative medicine. For example, when we work with a person who is fatigued or has a physical illness such as cancer or an autoimmune disease the psychotherapist might work toward healing the symptoms of depression caused by the disease, while we work with healing the disease itself. We know that the client's depression is only one symptom o only one clue in healing the puzzle of the clients illness.


Are We Psychotherapists, Psychologists or Psychiatrists?

No! We consider neither ourselves to be psychotherapists, psychologists nor psychiatrists nor have we been trained to do psychotherapy, psychology or psychiatry. We do not want to represent ourselves as any of these or as practicing anything near the disciplines practiced by these specialties. Instead, we consider ourselves to be alternative healers. Working within an ancient craft of healing people of conditions that rob them of their vitality, joy and which can, if not terminated, rob them of their life itself.

The fact that we do not practice psychotherapy, psychology or psychiatry should not suggest that we somehow believe that these disciplines do not work. In fact we are outright believers in all three of them. When indicated we always refer those clients who need psychological help, medications or psychotherapy or specific help to a therapist who can help them. When a client comes to us and is already in therapy we always suggest to them that they remain in therapy, for as long as they feel they are making progress. We encourage our clients to work with any trained therapist who can help them when mental or emotional illness requires treatment. That is, when a good psychologist or psychotherapist is exactly what is needed by that client.