The ‘PICT’ Psychotherapy Process at 1066 Therapy
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At 1066 Therapy I specialise in helping people who have experienced some form of adverse experiences in their life. This is 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 particular therapy model is known as ‘PICT’. This 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.
Penny Parks originally devised the PICT therapy process over 20 years ago. She has regularly updated and developed the model. She created the therapy 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. The parenting was perhaps well-meaning but still had a negative effect on the child. This may be because the parents were not emotionally available enough for the child. However, they were probably very caring parents otherwise, 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.
Many people find the concept of certain parenting styles having the potential to cause long-term problems, difficult to accept or believe. However we know from research and studies over many decades, since the 1950s actually, that various negative effects of less-than-good-enough parenting are carried into adulthood. The negative effects 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.
Events outside of the immediate family environment can also cause problems. Events such as bullying; or the child having an operation or accident which needs a stay in hospital away from home. Sometimes the parents may cause problems because they have their own issues, such as anxiety, stress issues, depression/emotional problems, or having a problem with drink, say. Or 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. PICT can be effective for many people wishing to address any emotional problem or unwanted behaviour. No matter what their early experiences were like.
People don’t connect their past to their present problems
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’. 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. The studies also show connections and correlations specifically between difficult childhood experiences and a wide range of problems in adulthood. This is where PICT psychotherapy and similar therapy models come 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. Not on-going emotional/psychological issues.
What can PICT help with?
The PICT psychotherapy model encompasses everything needed to help people who have:
- adverse childhood experiences
- anger management problems
- anxiety & fears
- compulsive behaviour disorder (OCD)
- confidence 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 quickly (in some cases in as few as eight to ten sessions, although the average amount of sessions is a little higher than this). They go through therapy efficiently (going right to a root cause rather than guessing or trying several routes). Therapy is also thorough (people resolve their problems rather than having to seek further help for the same issues). Finally, the therapy is as gentle as possible (you don’t have to disclose details of traumatic or uncomfortable events). Please note that you can only obtain these results 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. I tailor therapy to the individual. We discuss and decide upon the most suitable approach during the initial consultation.
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