Adult and Teenager Programmes 2018-01-24T10:06:31+00:00

ADULT AND TEENAGER PROGRAMMES

Having seen the benefits of our therapies on their children, many parents have been asking us if we’re also able to help adults and teenagers. The answer is, yes. The brain is just as capable of changing and rewiring itself when we are older, as it is when we are young.

The Issue

Anxiety and depression play a significant part in 21st Century life. Modern parents put their children first and store up stress and difficulties until they reach a crisis. Teenagers are under increasing amounts of pressure, and rates of self-harm and suicide are on the rise.
Traditional medicine offers anti-depressant medications (which do not work for everyone) or a long wait for a talking therapy (which may or may not prove effective).

The Causes

For the past 100 years, modern psychology has focused its efforts on unpicking the circumstantial history that leads to mental illness – the divorce that caused the depression; the critical parents that created the unconfident child. But new studies suggest that it’s not our circumstances that make us who we are, but how well we are able to cope with those circumstances. Resilience, it appears, is the key. And building resilience increases our chances of good mental health.

Our Approach

We help adult and teenagers using a similar multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to the one we use on children. There are four parts to our Resilience Programme:

What is it?

Developed over 40 years ago by the Institute of Neurophysiological Psychology, it is a drug-free movement method that ‘rewires’ the brain, correcting underlying imbalances and bringing it back to a state of normality and health.

What does it treat?

  • Over-sensitivity
  • Mood swings
  • Impulsivity
  • Inability to accept change
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Vertigo
  • Agorophobia
  • Driving phobias
  • Poor concentration
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Poor balance/coordination

How does it work?

The conscious brain – aka the bit which converses with a psychotherapist – represents only 20% of our total brain mass. It is the other 80%, the subcortical area (known as the ‘Lizard Brain’ because it was the first part of the brain to evolve) which largely controls our drives, emotions, impulses and desires.
The health and balanced functioning of our subcortical brain also governs our resilience to the stresses and strains of everyday life. For example, an adult who suffers from agoraphobia, vertigo or a fear of driving on motorways may, in fact, have distorted spatial awareness and balance skills caused by retained baby reflexes. While another individual, who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, might have a persisting infant survival reflex (the ‘Moro Reflex’ which causes them involuntarily to overreact to any perceived threats in their environment). Traditional talk therapies will have little impact on these disorders until the primal reflexes are inhibited and the balance of the subcortical brain restored.
The treatment identifies any areas of neurodevelopmental delay and then works to integrate the primitive reflexes and re-stimulate the brain to make the right connections increasing resilience.

What is it?

A ground-breaking therapy based on the work of French ENT specialist, Dr Guy Berard, which discovers and resolves the hearing distortions that can lie behind depression, anxiety and anger issues.

What does it treat?

  • Depression (from mild to severe)
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Dyslexia
  • Stutters
  • Difficulties processing auditory information
  • Hypersensitive hearing

How does it work?

During his research, Dr Guy Berard, found a link between the way in which we hear and depression. He discovered that a specific distortion in the hearing pattern of the left ear could aggravate the right brain hemisphere and increase depressive tendencies. When he fixed the hearing distortion and ‘retrained’ the hearing with sound therapy, the depressive feelings were reduced.
Berard also identified a particular hearing pattern associated with anger management difficulties. Retraining the hearing to reduce this pattern had a positive impact on the levels of anger and aggression.
The therapy – known as Auditory Integration Therapy – uses music, processed through an Audiokinetron, to ‘retrain’ the ears to hear in a more balanced way. The muscles and reflexes in the ear are given a ‘workout’ so that they function more accurately and any distortions linked with depression are flattened out. The treatment period is 10 days (two 30 minute sessions a day) and improvements are often seen during, and immediately after, the course.

What is it?

A ground-breaking new approach, developed in the US by Dr William Walsh of The Walsh Institute. This natural, drug-free method normalises the levels of chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain through targeted use of vitamins and minerals.

What does it treat?

  • Depression
  • Post-Natal Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Autism
  • ADHD

How does it work?

The research pioneered by Dr Walsh has been groundbreaking in its ability to treat the underlying biochemical imbalances which lead to different forms of Depression. Rather than use medications, which tend only to disguise and suppress the underlying imbalance, Walsh Practitioners map an individual’s unique biotype to find, with pinpoint precision, what their systems need to be able to function normally. Any imbalances – which can lead to depression, post-natal depression, anxiety, anger and violence problems – are then normalised with highly targeted vitamin and mineral supplements. We are one of only three clinics in the UK able to offer our clients this expertise.

What is it?

A very gentle but powerful, touch-based therapy that forms the basis of all our treatment programmes.

What does it treat?

  • Anxiety
  • Postural imbalances
  • Poor sleep
  • Stress
  • Birth trauma
  • Childhood trauma
  • Headaches
  • Back aches

How does it work?

Difficult childbirth, early traumas or catastrophic events can reduce our natural resilience and leave an ‘imprint’ on the body that no amount of talking therapy can resolve. The system can be locked in a permanent ‘fight or flight’ state, which makes recovery and healing difficult to achieve.

The practitioner uses their hands to sense tensions and imbalances in the body and helps to release them. This diminishes the impact of trauma and boosts the body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself. It also brings the body into a state of ‘neuro relaxation’ which allows healing and repair to take place. This has the effect of ‘turbo-charging’ any other therapies that are taking place; speeding up the process and maximising their effectiveness.

The Resilience Programme

The Treatment Plan may include:

1) Neurodevelopmental Movements – to help mature the nervous system and build up resilience.
2) Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) – to help flatten out any hearing curves associated with depression or anger.
3) Nutrient Therapy – to help normalize neurotransmitter levels in the brain, without using drugs, through targeted vitamin/mineral therapy.
4) Cranial Osteopathy – to help heal the physical imprint left in the body by previous emotional or physical traumas.

Prices

Auditory Programme – Auditory Assessment: £190; then Berard AIT Course: £1,500 (which includes 2 further audiograms and 20 listening sessions)
Neurodevelopmental Programme – Initial Assessment: £250; Then £150 per review, with exercises done at home. Or in-clinic intensive course of 20 sessions including 3 Cranial Osteopathy sessions: £2,500
Nutrient Therapy – Walsh initial consultation: £190 plus cost of tests and supplements