There’s few rigid rules on how a therapy or coaching programme may work. I suppose I have 2 main principles:

1. It should be based on evidence-based practice.

2. It should include the principle of ‘workability’ – or in other words, be useful and beneficial.

Beyond that, we use a variety of approaches, tools and techniques. This includes hypnosis and hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapies (including CBT, ACT, and other ‘third wave’ approaches), mindfulness, stress management and performance coaching.

The cognitive behavioural approaches are themselves filled with really useful overarching models that help both the therapist and client together understand and conceptualise the problem, and then agree the goals and tasks needed to address that problem.

One such model, that I use quite frequently, is called the ‘Triflex’ – this is a simplified approach from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (‘ACT’, and was created by the amazing Russ Harris). In a very accessible way, this model guides us towards 3 main objectives:

  • 𝘖𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱: learning to observe, accept and not get caught up in difficult and challenging thoughts and feelings;
  • 𝘉𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵: the use and application of mindfulness to slow down, engage, bring us back into our bodies and the present moment.
  • 𝘋𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴: The pursuit of a rich and meaningful life, whatever that personally means for you.

We can then also bring in our other skills to assist in the pursuit of these objectives. This was how we structured our first online course ‘Men, Mood and Mind’. For example, we may use hypnosis to help with accepting feelings of anxiety with say, a new job or public speaking or returning to a hobby you once loved. Or perhaps to rehearse in our minds being more assertive in our work, or present in our relationships.