Alistair’s online counselling services approach is integrative and informed by neuroscience in which he combines Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy), and Clinical Hypnosis. He is a professional member of EMDR Canada, as well as an affiliate member of the EMDR International Association:
EMDR therapy processes experiences that were imprinted into unconscious body, emotional, and procedural memory – this is called “implicit memory” – as well as conscious, explicit memory. EMDR therapy involves attending to the emotionally disturbing experience while orienting your attention to what is called “bi-lateral stimulation”, which is eye movements (or tapping, audio sounds, etc.) that stimulate both sides of your body to activate both hemispheres of your brain.
What this does is it helps to access the memories, create new connections between what happened in the past and what the reality is now or what is more helpful to believe about yourself. Much of this work ultimately culminates in making a profound shift in the underlying beliefs about yourself that are continuing the patterns of your challenge. There are numerous steps and a host of other factors involved, but this is a brief description of it.
Alistair utilizes experiential methods in his approach to online counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching instead of solely ‘talking’ because actively engaging in a dynamic lived experience creates visceral change in the mind and brain.