How Does Mickel Therapy Work?

“We don’t heal people,
we show them how to heal themselves.”

When we’re sick, it’s not easy to see physical symptoms as a positive right?

We simply want to eradicate them. Now typically we do that by taking medication or with something like Chronic Fatigue, pacing ourselves, changing our diet etc.

The thing is, we’re not dealing with the cause of why the symptom is there.

Think about it like this…..

Imagine yourself sitting on a pin. Your body sends you a symptom of pain. What are your choices?

  • You could tell someone that you’re in pain
  • You could shout and scream
  • You could try ignoring it
  • Or you could get up and remove the pin

This is a good way of thinking about how science has shown us that in quite central parts of the brain, we receive messages about emotions but this same activity isn’t present in the same way in the frontal cortex or as we call it ‘the thinking brain’.

Essentially, the important emotions that are sent by our brain and body to guide and protect us through situations in life are often unconscious and don’t rely on thought. So what does this mean?

Well, trying to think away our emotions for the most part doesn’t work. Like the above example, it’s only when we change our behaviour that the body gets the message and no longer needs to keep sending us a message.

So to summarise, symptoms are a louder voice of missed emotions that come up independently of thought. When we learn to listen to them, interpret them and respond to them through changing behaviour, symptoms can go and in time the body only sends us emotions without the need for physical symptoms.

Initially client and therapist work on interpreting and translating the message that has been hidden behind the symptoms, so that the client can at last hear what the body has been trying to communicate to them. Then the therapist provides the client with a range of useful tools to start putting into practice from straight after the first session.

Is Mickel Therapy a form of Psychotherapy

No. Mickel Therapy is a talking therapy but it doesn’t seek to change our thinking. This means that we work with physical symptoms in order to clear the messages that are linked to them. Unlike psychotherapy, we do not investigate thoughts in order to treat the mind. We may only work with thoughts to dispel some believes we may hold about the illness itself. This makes sense since CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia and others are physical illnesses and not psychological. In contrast to most forms of physical therapy we do not try to remove symptoms through massage, diet or drugs that merely ‘shoot’ the messenger.

What can I expect in a session?

The first step is to brief clients so that they understand why the ‘Hypothalamus’ is going into overdrive creating the symptoms of their condition. All clients are then introduced to the difference between ‘thinking brain’ and ’emotional brain’. The therapist & client then go on to do some detective work to reveal the source of some of their symptoms.  Clients are instructed on how to use 3 keys to health around constructively setting boundaries, how best to communicate our emotions and the need to take care of ourselves first, as well as our need for variety.

The keys are extremely effective in helping to tackle symptoms but caution must be used in applying them, as guidance in their use is essential. It is for this reason that all Mickel Therapists are trained and supervised through their work.

Clients are also asked to keep short notes that record when, where and how often symptoms occur in order to elicit more information and to ensure the appropriate action is being taken to prevent the need for the body to send further symptoms. This enables client and therapist to monitor a reduction in symptoms and identify real progress as well as the required next steps.

Other tools to further enhance the process will also be introduced for clients to work with outside of sessions and will be based on their individual requirements. These will always be agreed with the therapist.

Sessions consist of one-to-one consultations which last for 1 hour, though the first session may be longer. Sessions are generally found to be most effective having the first 3 sessions on a weekly basis then every 2 weeks thereafter. Treatment length varies but a large proportion of clients complete treatment after 8 – 12 sessions.

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I am very grateful for his expertise and patience

I searched for a Mickel Therapy counsellor and found Saul who was happy to conduct fortnightly sessions via Skype. His gentle yet firm approach over 6 hourly sessions was so helpful in guiding me back to a healthier work/life balance. I am very grateful for his expertise and patience, and now have the ‘tools’ to review my life experiences going forward.’

Chris, UK

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