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Any of you who follow my social media pages, or know me well, will be aware that I am a great believer in CPD (Continuing Professional Development). In fact both of the organisations I am registered with demand that I keep a CPD record and commit to attending courses, study days, reading and learning in order to continue my registration.
Each year I make sure that I attend study days and lectures where possible and find that doing this keeps me interested and stimulated and allows me to offer my clients the best possible care and therapy that I can. It had been a while since I had completed any form of new certification or learned any specific new techniques to add to my tool box so this year I was on the lookout for something suitable.
Then I came across Tracey Cole, in a Facebook group I’m a member of, and I liked the look of what she does. Tracey and I chatted a bit online and I realised that she most definitely could provide me with the training I was looking for. We both offer a similar service to our clients which I saw as a good thing, as the training would also give an opportunity to compare notes and chat about our approaches and experiences. Fortunately the timing was good as Tracey was running a course which included Timeline Therapy (TM) and I was able to attend purely for this element of the full course.
So, last week I headed off to Staffordshire which is a new part of the country for me. I did go to a 21st birthday party in deepest rural Staffs many years ago but that is another story and I can remember very little about it!!! I decided to go by train and had a pleasant journey down even though it involved several changes. I did have to do a little bit of therapy on myself en route when I realised that I had left my mobile behind and had no phone or internet access – EEK, DON’T PANIC! It wasn’t a disaster and I just asked a couple of random people if I could borrow their phone and without exception they were kind and generous and I managed to get messages through to people who needed to know where I was and what was happening.
I spent a lovely couple of days studying, having fun, making friends and talking about horses and came away with a certification as a Practitioner of Timeline Therapy (TM).
The course was held in a lovely cottage on a livery yard in rural Staffordshire, we also stayed in the cottage which was warm, homely and had beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Tracey is a wonderful teacher and delivered the coursework in a relaxed but stimulating manner. There were lots of opportunities to practice the techniques on each other and we had a lot of fun and some interesting insights whilst doing so.
You’re probably still wondering what this new therapy is as you may not have heard of it before. Timeline Therapy (TM) is a powerful therapeutic process derived from NLP and using aspects of hypnotherapy so right up my street in therapeutic terms. I couldn’t wait to get started. The process was developed by Tad James
in the 1980’s and is based on the concept that the unconscious stores our memories in a linear way, like a metaphorical timeline. Using a variety of techniques the therapist will help the client to let go of negative emotions and limiting beliefs leading to longstanding fundamental changes. I think that it will be hugely applicable to my horse riding clients, particularly those with long standing anxiety and a difficulty in “letting go” of negative past experiences. It allows the client to learn from past experiences and move on from them. Sounds like a “win-win” to me and I can’t wait to start using it and to see the results for my clients.
PS If anyone can tell me how to do the trademark symbol on a Mac I would be very grateful, I’ve googled it but none of the suggestions I’ve found seem to work so I’ve just used (TM) for this post!!