The Method of Levels: How to Do Psychotherapy Without Getting in the Way
Based on Perceptual Control Theory, PCT (explained in the foreword), this therapeutic method, called The Method of Levels (MOL) leaves the patient in control with no interference from the therapist. Author Tim Carey shows how you can ask very simple questions about background thoughts to assist a friend in distress. Without offering advice or commentary of any kind, you can help your trusting friend review his or her problem, finding his or her own solution by "going up a level," looking at his or her own internal conflict "from above" and finding ways to resolve it by changing his or her sense of what is important-changing how he or she looks at the internal conflict. While working for Scotland's National Health Service Dr. Carey used the approach described in this book exclusively with his primary care patients. Some of his colleagues learned MOL from Dr. Carey and used it too. MOL achieved a new level of service efficiency such that a 15 month waiting list was reduced to 0 months. From a review by Kalen Hammann: I've just finished the Method of Levels, and I'm astonished, delighted, and inspired. I was a psychotherapist for many years, using a variety of approaches (predominantly Gestalt Therapy, several versions of family therapy, and more recently Psychology of Mind), and while my clients were often happy with the results, I frequently wasn't. My fundamental dissatisfaction arose from the fact that I never knew WHY we were successful when we were, and what had gone wrong or failed to go right when we weren't. Now I think maybe at last I know.
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I am enjoying his explanation of PCT without the math I think it will make my understanding of powers book easier.
I really enjoyed reading and learning about the application of PCT to psychotherapy. For me, the book is a great mixture of ideas and practical examples. In addition, I now see why Prof. Jaakko Seikula's work with people experiencing mental illness is so successful - for me, the Method of Levels provides an explanation of what it is he does that makes his work so astoundingly effective. This book is written in non-technical language and is accessible to all. I love the simplicity of this model and think it provides a wonderfully elegant, easily learned and very effective means for clinicians to help their clients.
chApter one Lets begin at the end
chApter two A look at where we are
chApter three The essence of psychological problems
chApter Four Why does distress occur?
chApter Five When conflict persists
chApter seven An MOL frame of mind
chApter eight Doing MOL