The ‘PICT’ Psychotherapy Process at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford, Maidstone and Kent.
At 1066 Therapy I specialise in helping people who have experienced some form of adverse experiences in their life, most often in childhood but it can also be in adulthood. The in-depth, versatile, specialist psychotherapy skills training I have undertaken to do this puts me in a good position to also help people who perhaps remember having had a generally good childhood, but who nevertheless have unwanted behaviours, feelings and problems that they would like to resolve.
This specialised psychotherapy model is known as ‘PICT’ which is short for Parks Inner Child Therapy: the following brief description is from the PICT website —– “PICT is a powerful and versatile visualisation-based therapy model. It is an evolving form of cognitive therapy with a foundation in Transactional Analysis that incorporates Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to aid rapid positive change.”
I am a fully qualified and certified PICT practitioner.
The PICT psychotherapy process was originally devised over 20 years ago – and has been regularly updated and developed – to help victims of child abuse (of whatever type) to overcome the challenges and trauma they experienced. Their adverse experiences may have been caused deliberately and directly; or they may have been affected by something ‘indirect’ such as neglect, especially emotional neglect.
However, many long-term problems can result simply from somewhat insensitive or ineffective parenting, which was perhaps well-meaning but still had a negative effect on the child. This may have been because the parents were not emotionally available enough for the child, although they were otherwise very caring parents, perhaps providing a lovely family home, holidays, and so on for their child(ren). Two examples of insensitive or ineffective parenting styles are overly strict/disciplinarian Authoritarian parenting (too many rules) or, conversely, overly liberal Permissive parenting (too few rules), and there are other parenting styles which can also cause problems in later life.
The concept of certain parenting styles having the potential to cause long-term problems might be difficult to accept or believe for many people, however research and studies over many decades, especially the last six decades or so, have shown that various negative effects of less-than-good-enough parenting are carried into adulthood and can cause many problems, such as low self-esteem, confidence issues, anxiety disorders, problems with food, drink, or drug use, and problems with relationships, to name just a few.
Problems can also be caused by events outside of the immediate family environment, such as being bullied at school; or the child having an operation or accident which needs a stay in hospital away from home. Sometimes the problems may be caused by the parents having their own issues, such as anxiety, stress issues, depression/emotional problems, or having a problem with drink, say; or even by the loss of one or both parents/caregivers through divorce or death. So, while it is true that the majority of parents care very much for their children and have the best of intentions for their children, sometimes their own lack of resources can lead to the sorts of (unintentional) parenting mistakes which will unfortunately have a lasting impact on the child, and sometimes problems can arise from situations outside of anyone’s control.
As you can see, it is not ‘mandatory’ to have experienced really adverse or painful childhood experiences for this particular psychotherapy approach to help, because PICT is effective for anyone wishing to address any emotional problem or unwanted behaviour no matter what their early experiences were like.
Many adults, in fact, do not connect their present day problems with their early experiences: they tend to think that ‘it was such a long time ago so it can’t be that’, or that they are ‘over all of that now’, or ‘it wasn’t that bad, people have worse’; and then they often conclude that ‘it’s just the way I am’ or ‘I am an anxious person’ or ‘there must be something wrong with me’ etc. However, as well as the decades of research and studies, recent advances in neuroscience are able to show us the impact on the developing mind of unhelpful experiences generally, and the connections and correlations specifically between difficult childhood experiences and a wide range of problems in adulthood, and this is where PICT psychotherapy comes in.
Kevin’s experience of ‘PICT’ at 1066 Therapy
Note: the “issues” Kevin mentions in the second half of the video are everyday issues, such as work problems etc, and not on-going emotional/psychological issues.
The PICT model encompasses everything needed to help people who have:
- adverse childhood experiences
- adult trauma
- anger management problems
- anxiety & fears
- compulsive behaviour disorder (OCD)
- confidence problems
- dissociation problems
- drugs and/or alcohol issues
- eating problems (including weight control)
- emotional problems, e.g. depressed feelings
- grief and loss issues
- PTSD type problems
- psycho-sexual problems
- relationship difficulties
- self harming behaviours
- self-esteem problems
- unwanted behaviours
- and many more.
Wendy’s experience of ‘PICT’ at 1066 Therapy
Note: When Wendy says she has lost 2 stone easily, she means that she has achieved this without consciously following a calorie-controlled diet of any kind: she has done this naturally, alongside an exercise regime which she enjoys.
The advantages of using the standard PICT method means that people can expect to resolve problem issues very quickly (in some cases in as few as eight to ten sessions, although the average amount of sessions is a little higher than this); efficiently (going right to a root cause rather than guessing or trying several routes); thoroughly (problems are resolved rather than having to seek further help for the same issues); and gently (details of traumatic or uncomfortable events do not have to be disclosed). Please note that these outcomes can only be obtained if the PICT process is completed in full.
(The above information is adapted from the main PICT website and used with kind permission of Penny Parks).
I also practise other therapy approaches which may be better for some people and/or some problems – everyone is different. The most effective approach for each person is discussed during the initial consultation.
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