For years now I've advocated for coaches, counsellors and therapists to use a multi-modality approach when trying to help clients facillitate change.  The reason I've always done this is because I don't think it's possible for one single modality to be the be-all-and-end-all.  I've never for once tried to push a single modality, one size fits all approach to assisting our clients and I never will.  I was asked recently what I thought the best way was to construct a program for someone who wanted to make major changes in their life.  Here are my thoughts on the subject.

I meet a lot of people who are EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioners because it helped them to deal with an issue and they decided to become a professional.  I personally think it's great, but I tend to have one issue with it.  From what I understand, EFT has only one algorithm, or recipe, and tends to take a one size fits all approach.  This sort of oversimplification can be dangerous in the hands of some practitioners, especially the ones who subscribe to the theory that EFT is an ancient healing modality (it's not - it's less than 30 years old).

Having said that, I know EFT is effective.  It must be or it wouldn't have so many advocates and practitioners.  Another meridian tapping modality that is very effective is TFT (Thought Field Therapy).  I know just how effective it can be from personal experience.  I credit it with saving my life and my sanity.  I don't know of any modality that is as effective as TFT at eliminating the turmoil of negative emotions as TFT is.  By the way, any practitioner that says it actually eliminates the negative emotions is wrong.  It can't do it.  But it can eliminate to turmoil in a matter of minutes in better than 70% of cases.

Now, if TFT has one weakness, it's that it lacks a large number of ways to create positive emotions.  It's got a couple of ways to do it, but it focuses mainly, or almost entirely on eliminating the turmoil of negatives.  For me, one of the most effective way to change how you feel about past events and even create positive new emotions going forward, is to use NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).  This is a great modality that uses the mind-body connection (something all three so far have in common), and metaphor and imagery, which are the languages of the subconscious mind.  It's very subtle too.  For years I was never able to find out any really useful information about it and was starting to get concerned that it was being run like a cult.  Turns out the reason for the lack of public information is because of the experiential nature of NLP.  In other words, you've got to experience it to get it but it is a great way of doing something like building somebody's confidence up, or helping them to feel more motivated.

Then, if you really want to help someone to make a new habit/outlook take root, a course of hypnotherapy is a great way to do it.  And the great thing about hypnosis is that it combines brilliantly and effortlessly with NLP.  Ideally you would run someone through a course of hypnosis for 21 days, but some people can do it quicker, and some therapists are able to facilitate the changes their clients want quicker by combining the modalities together. 

But all this is dependant on one little contingency.  Does your client want to bring all these things to bear to help them facilitate change?  As a coach, the client always gets to make the choice, otherwise they're not going to get the best out of what I do.

And that's why I'm such an enthusiastic fan of the likes of Dr Robert Anthony and Steve G Jones.  They both take a multi-modality approach.  And they do that because they know, like so many other professionals out there, that there is just no way a single modality approach can be 100% effective.
10/14/2013 00:34:17

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    G'day everyone.  I'm an Aussie Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotist (www.americanallianceofhypnotists.org)  and author with a passion for making every relationship in our lives the best it can be.   I work at local, state, national and international levels.  I am also a Callahan Techniques Thought Field Therapy practitioner trained by Eugene Piccinotti TFT - dx, and I studied Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner Level (MNLP) under Steve G Jones at the American University of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
    (http://www.aunlp.org).  In other words, as a coach, I'll use whatever I have to use to help you to make the changes you want to make.