Our Philosophy in Practice
Neural Network Therapy™ emerged in 1997, largely in response to significant advancements in the field of neuroscience. This intensely practical approach emphasizes education as a necessary part of the counselling process.
We are addicted to our emotions.
Emotions are fuel. They are the fuel we use to live our lives. When we are running on high-octane happiness, we feel energized and effortlessly balanced. When we are operating on a low-grade crude-oil variety... we feel anxious, frustrated and consistently overwhelmed.
Neuron is nothing but a fancy name for brain cell. We have about a billion of them. Each neuron in our brain can connect with tens of thousands of other neurons. When we practice one particular way of doing something enough times in a row, we form a "neural network".
We have neural networks for everything under the sun. Washing dishes, brushing our teeth and driving cars. Thank goodness, or we'd never get a single thing accomplished in a day. But we also have neural networks for the emotions in our lives.
Anyone know that guy that's always looking for ways in which to be offended? We all know that guy. Or Little Miss Sunshine who seems to find the good in everyone, despite all evidence to the contrary. There's a reason for this. That first guy is hooked on anger, and he'll find his fix any place he can. Could be an unsuspecting grocery clerk. Could be the woman driving in front of him. Everyone in his life is incorrect. And that girl whose smile lights up the room? She's hooked too. Only, she's hooked on happy. She's hardwired for happiness.
We all want to be hooked on happy. It just makes sense, doesn't it? But our brains can sometimes wire-up unwanted neural networks. We might have experienced a trauma in our lives. Sustained too gruelling a stretch of time in a job we despised. Or lost someone we loved. For whatever the reason, we begin to feel stuck in an emotional place that begins to turn us into someone we no longer even recognize.
Neural Network Therapy™ provides simple exercises that grow an understanding of how our brains work. We'll diagnose emotional addictions and build new and improved neural networks, wherever necessary. This approach is intensely practical with good reason. While "thinking happy thoughts" is a beautiful idea, it's about the same as "thinking" about a gym membership. Without exercises to strengthen and tone mental muscles, the thinking part dismantles the very moment real life demands a hit of its most favoured emotion.
We typically employ self-discipline to generate changes in behaviour, and self-discipline has its merits. Some people are also exceptionally good at self-discipline. But for those of us less skilled in this department, self-discipline feels like it sounds - tough. And with every failed attempt, we feel more and more defeated by the minute.
Neural Network Therapy isn't for everyone. Sometimes we're in "venting mode", and there isn't a single thing wrong with that. It's helpful to dislodge our angst. Finding a sounding-board can bring about some sweet relief. But if that relief continues to feel fleeting, we have an alternative that can move mountains. Well, not BIG mountains, metaphorical mountains.
If you feel as though Neural Network Therapy might make some sense for your purposes, we suggest scheduling your first appointment to see how both the practitioner and the approach fit.