FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will this interfere with work done by other mental health professionals such as CAHMS?
Work done using PSTEC has no interference with talking therapies. Many Pupil Referral Units often make a combination of counselling and PSTEC available to their pupils. Sadly due to government cutbacks there are long waiting lists for children to get the help they need. Quite often if PSTEC therapy is made available to these children, CAHMS is no longer required and they can be taken off the waiting list. Any work done/bad emotions removed by PSTEC prior to any talking therapy will simply make intervention at the cognitive level easier and more likely to stick.
Nothing can work that quickly. Isn’t it just sweeping problems under the carpet?
Quite the opposite. Imagine for a moment a child who demonstrates lots of anger. He can get angry thinking about teachers, other pupils, people looking at him the wrong way etc. Traditional techniques may teach strategies for dealing with the anger and talk through certain scenarios. PSTEC on the other hand would target at the problem situation and success would be determined only if all anger disappears and the child isn’t able to bring it back whilst thinking about the particular problem scenarios following the click track. After this a week or two will pass before we reconvene and complete success will be achieved only if they have been in the problem situation and felt calm.
Is it safe to get rid of anger? Don’t we need it?
PSTEC does not get rid of a person’s ability to feel any emotion. However if specific memories or situations produce unwanted emotions in a person, they have the ability with PSTEC to quickly remove the unwanted emotional response. If a person feels excessive anger following historical bullying, this constant background anger can be removed with PSTEC. If a new situation arises that requires anger or anxiety, they will respond in the same way that a calmer person who hadn’t previously been bullied would do.
Is it safe to get rid of anxiety? If I remove my fear of heights won’t I be more likely to be in danger high up?
This is a very common misnomer. Our actions and choices can be guided by both emotions and knowledge. If a person has no fear of heights, it doesn’t mean they are more likely to climb up somewhere and take risks. This is because they have knowledge that taking risks at height can be dangerous and so they will choose to avoid those situations. In fact removing a fear of heights will actually more likely make a person safer. Someone crippled with anxiety is more likely to make mistakes than a calm person.
Why haven’t I heard of PSTEC?
PSTEC was released relatively recently by a therapist to the self-help community. Feedback from over 100 000 downloads by self-helpers has been almost universally positive. In the near future we expect PSTEC and its use to spread like wild fire and we aim to play a key player in making that happen.
Has there been any peer reviewed research conducted on PSTEC?
A trial is currently underway comparing CBT with PSTEC in the treatment of PTSD. Initial results have been very promising and so a grant for a larger scale study has been applied for with the hope of beginning in summer 2016.
It sounds very different to anything else I have heard of. Is there anything else I need to know?
The seeming strangeness of it can be a barrier to some people. It has been used by over 100 000 people around the world with almost universally positive feedback. Although it might seem quite magical it simply uses cognitive processes that are in use day in day out by all of us in a way that leads to feelings of calm. Quite simply if a message is repeated over and over again the listener is more likely to be influenced by the words used. If a bad habit is repeatedly interrupted mid flow, this pattern interrupt will weaken the flow of the original habit. If two unrelated stimuli are repeatedly fired off at the same time (e.g. a bell ringing and food being served), the brain will be quick to form a link between the two. The three psychological principles just described are uncontested in science. PSTEC merely allows them to be used together in an elegantly simple way. Please take a look at the introduction to PSTEC to gain a better understanding.