In the late 1990’s, when I first decided to train as a therapist, I wanted to find and train in the best therapy techniques available. I trained in psychology (including CBT, Systemic Therapy & Interpersonal Therapy); The Human Givens approach; Gestalt Therapy; clinical hypnosis, NLP, EFT, TFT, TPM and more. I have spent well over £60,000 studying the most highly regarded approaches and techniques available and that just in the first ten years of my training alone. Drawing from the best of these approaches, over time I have developed my own framework for explaining how problems are formed and in turn what needs to happen so they can often be quickly resolved. Once you know the points of leverage to address, it is possible to induce massive change easily and quickly. It is common in my sessions for major dramatic changes to happen in just one or two sessions even for chronic problems (see testimonials), and to have a turn around in chronic depression or anxiety in just 1-3 sessions. Past clients have variously described the 4Rs Protocol (in contrast to their previous experiences of mainstream therapy), as ‘dynamic’, ‘really interesting’ and ‘like nothing they have every experienced before’. This is because the 4Rs Protocol is not an intellectual talking therapy that talks at the client hoping that something will click. With the 4Rs Protocol the client immediately takes centre stage and feels involved as an active participant in an on-going feedback process that gets artfully leads them to access the problem, elicit the relevant information needed for change, and then to employ a range of tried and tested techniques to effect those changes.
In terms of its development, I have done three soft-launches to date:
In 2013 I did a one-day workshop on what was then called ‘EPRT’. Testimonials below are taken from attendees on that workshop. I then experimented with another one-day workshop in Nov 2016. However, since then I have developed and revised my approach and training methods further to include more material previously not shared culminating in a two-day workshop in Melbourne, Australia in 2017. As always, I always developing my training methods, incorporating feedback to make the training as impactful as possible.
Key Points of The 4R’s Approach
As a style of therapy the 4Rs Approach is:
- Systems & Parts Orientated
- Interactive & Feedback based
- Creative – both in the use of ‘reframes’ and techniques employed
- Experiential (emotions and ‘live’ feelings) vs Intellectual
More information on using the 4R’s approach combined with hypnosis can be found here in Adam Eason’s interview Felix Economakis.
What Are The 4R’s?
‘R’ – represents more of a ‘stage’ of what to do next. Within that stage we are aiming for a couple of things (which coincidentally all seem to start with an ‘R’).
R – RAPPORT All have LONG & SHORT FORMS
R – RECONCILIATION (a speedy and advanced form of Parts Therapy)
R – RESPONSIBILITY (for change, with a resolve towards new goals)
R – REWIRE (using either a hypnosis or non-hypnosis option )
It’s actually less a matter of ‘what’ to do and more about ‘how’ to do it. In theory selling for instance is simple. You explain the benefits of the product, but the real skill in selling is being sophisticated in all aspects of communication – cultivating rapport with your customer, understanding their needs, reassuring them by addressing their concerns, drawing value to a product, handling objections… all very valuable skills in therapy where we are selling the idea of a healthier alternative way of thinking, feeling and being.
Live demonstrations for applications of the 4Rs Protocol techniques constitute a major part of this training. It’s best to see the 4Rs Protocol in action as much as possible for addressing a wide variety of issues, especially: self-esteem issues, anxiety, phobias, traumas, depression or relationship issues. Live demonstrations will be done mostly with laypeople who have volunteered for demonstrations in lieu of fees. If you have a friend, family or client who would like to experience high quality free therapy, then please let them know about this weekend. Otherwise please do be prepared to participate in demonstrations in order to get the most from the training. Attendees will also be invited to practice their understanding of the 4Rs Protocol in front of the group while I ask the group to assist and brainstorm ideas to help. That way the techniques will be learnt in a dynamic and interactive way, which is at the core of the 4Rs Protocol philosophy.