PICT therapy is based on the premise that that any problem which exists in our adult, reasoning, ‘conscious’ mind that can’t be reasoned out and solved with new information( e.g. cognitive based therapy), must exist in the emotional part of the brain, the subconscious. These subconscious beliefs can operate in daily life without our being aware of them and therefore influence our experiences in the present.
The core beliefs we have about ourselves, our identity, about others and about the world in general, are learned during childhood; PICT gently changes how we think about past experiences NOW – in the present – so we can change how we see ourselves and others and the world and consequently leave these core beliefs behind.
The new way of seeing ouselves is effortless and clear and does not require constant checking and thinking to maintain
Children accept blame easily; their greatest fear is that they will lose the love and protection of the people who are responsible for their safety, their parents or carers so they will always believe that anything difficult or painful which is happening to them must be their own fault. The thought that the people who should look after them are dangerous or inadequate is too frightening to contemplate and so children will always see themselves as the ones at fault. This leads to the core beliefs ‘I am bad’, ‘it is all my fault’, ‘I am responsible for all this trouble’and many many more!. In reality it is the dysfunctional adults who have created these beliefs by not giving a child the love and care and support needed to be able to live and grow up happy and free from worry
Quite often people find that working hard to change themselves and overcome problems doesn’t always have the results they would like; they still feel the same way even though they want to behave differently. PICT changes core beliefs about identity, about who we are.
PICT works simultaneously by changing conscious awareness and knowledge and at the same time changing subconscious core emotional beliefs about identity which are often driving the unwanted behaviours and feelings. This gentle form of psychotherapy enables clients to gain insight and perspective about themselves and their experiences which means they can move forwards seeing things differently.
PICT has a very flexible structure which can be adapted to suit the individual needs of each client; everyone is different. It offers measurable results and greatly reduces the time necessary to achieve lasting change compared to some other forms of therapy.
Some of the symptoms of abuse are listed below