Paradigm Change Programme™
The Talking2Minds Paradigm Change Programme™ is our flagship course and forms the foundation of our Paradigm Therapy™ (Paxman 2008). It combines the best of other therapies to enable people to alter the way they think and behave at a fundamental level and allows them to make the necessary changes to regain control of their lives and manage their futures more effectively.
Our Paradigm Change Programme™ uses a holistic approach and works with clients on an individual basis. There is no “group” work as such, although clients are free to converse with other sufferers should they wish. What is unique in our work is that we do not force sufferers to “relive” their traumas as we have learned that this tends only to exacerbate the problem. Instead we gently assist clients to find the root causes of their condition and find the best solutions to them.
It is four day course and is completely free of charge.
What makes us different
Apart from the fact that we do not encourage clients to re-visit the traumatic experiences that have triggered their symptoms, we see each person as an individual and recognise that what works for one, may not necessarily work for another. Using a variety of techniques such as the art of language, elements of timeline therapy, deep relaxation and changing the fundamental thought process we support them to look at how memories, thought patterns, actions and feelings work together to produce each individual’s unique experience and model of the world.
Once that person understands their own thoughts and feelings and examines how they affect both their behaviors and in some cases physical symptoms then the process of addressing their fundamental causes of PTSD and severe stress can begin.
We also not only work with those who are experiencing PTSD themselves but the family members too because we understand the effects of severe trauma related conditions can be far reaching and are not limited to the sufferer themselves.
Dennis Carlon, an independent psychologist, has said “I have researched every therapy going, and my conclusion is that Talking 2 Minds and the Paradigm Therapy™ they have designed really works, especially for the worst cases. Those who have been affected by the symptoms of severe stress or PTSD for a long time can literally see a shift in how they think and feel once they have made the decision that they want to get well and everyone at the charity are so supportive.”
All our practitioners are volunteers. This does not, however, diminish their high professional standards. Each person is carefully selected and must have suffered from PTSD or another severe stress-related illness. This enables them to fully understand the complexities of such conditions and to relate to the client in a way that non-sufferers are simply not able to do. It also means that they are not judgemental.
Training is rigorous and carefully monitored and generally takes two to four years to complete. For more details, click here.
All the Talking2Minds team are bound by strict ethical procedures in line with the British Psychological Society (BPS) strict Codes of Ethics and all results are externally validated to ensure the highest standards are upheld.
Our therapeutic process
You are only four steps away from taking control of your life without the symptoms of PTSD or severe stress-related condition:
Step one: Get in touch with Talking2Minds directly. You might be referred via bodies or organisations. We are experiencing a growing number of veterans who are finding their way to us having been refused treatments by other organisations. Medical referral is not essential and we assist those that are on prescribed medication or maybe self medicating using ‘recreational’ drugs or alcohol.
Step two: You will be assessed by a Talking2Minds practitioner on the telephone or on a home visit and a treatment plan is agreed between you and the practitioner. We work at your speed and once you decide to engage we can start to help you.
Step three: Your therapy commences. For highly traumatised clients or clients with low self esteem Talking2Minds will respond to your individual needs allowing you to be gently led into the Paradigm Change Programme™. Once you are ready to commit, a place on the 4 day Paradigm Change Programme™ will be given. It is essential that you are able to commit to the 4 days before the process begins.
Step four: Post-programme support and advice is offered to you after the Paradigm Change Programme™ is completed and we can offer access to health and welfare liaison between you and your employer should you wish to return to work. Once you have been assessed you may be given the opportunity to take part in our personal development programme with the further possibility of training as a volunteer practitioner with the team if you meet the essential criteria.
Please get in touch if you want some more information about what we do. Once you make the decision that you want to deal with the symptoms of PTSD or another severe trauma related conditions we can help put you on the path to taking control of your life once again.
email@example.com to find out more information of what we do
Bruce@talking2minds.co.uk to find out how you can book onto a change programme
You can call 01512219402 or 07917126708 and speak to Bruce, Talking 2 Minds Course Coordinator directly.