How Psychoneurology Works

Psychoneurology’s approach to creating wellness and thriving does not require a diagnosis or labeling of the patient. Since its underlying premise is that each individual human being is already perfect and whole as opposed to broken or diseased, rather than trying to focus on fixing a broken person, psychoneurology helps the patient develop new resources or learnings that will help enhance their lives in the service of reaching the highest level of thriving.

Psychoneurology is based on a four step model.

The first step is deciding what you want to create or experience (the objective) and is known as the pre-frame. Next is to determine where you are now. This step is called calibration.  The next step is determining the resource to get you there– also called “identifying the resource”– and then finally using that resource so it can become a part of you– this is called integration.

They Fundamental Distinctions Between Psychoneurology and Other Mental Health Approaches

Psychoneurology and typical systems of mental health care will diverge in their objectives and methods.

The pathology driven approach will strive to identify and label or diagnose the “problem” at hand. The therapist’s focus is upon the particular disease or disorder and trying to eliminate it or at least its symptoms. The old approach to change was based on the premise that the reason why the patient or client is not where they want to be (the desired state or outcome) is because of the challenges or “blocks”.  Most therapists (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, MFT’s, and even most life coaches) concentrate on eradicating these blocks (disease, disorder or problem) to the desired result, with the implication being that if the blocks are removed, the desired results or state will be achieved. The take is that the only reason you’re not where you want to be is because of the blocks that are holding you back.

By contrast, the psychoneurologist helps their client or patient gain access to the resource or learning that will make the entire label of disease irrelevant. Instead of categorizing a person with a disease or disorder, psychoneurology determines just what the needs of the individual are in order to help succeed or thrive.  Psychoneurology is an introduction of a new set of processes where we actually educate the patient either consciously or unconsciously to be able to use their brain and nervous system much more effectively so that they can create completely new results.

Utilizing Current Facts About the Workings of the Mind

One of the insights that we have gleaned over the last 50 years in our understanding of the mind is that the subconscious, unconscious or automatic aspect of our mind does not process negation. Therefore the old approach will be much less effective since it merely focuses on the undesirable condition as opposed to creating the desired one.

What comes to your mind if you are told not to think of a WHITE HORSE? This is because the part of your mind that visualizes does not process negation.

The subconscious or unconscious mind regulates most of your daily activities like tying your shoes, driving your car and is the source of all your emotions. Virtually all disorders and mental diseases are stemming from emotional and automatic patterns from this part of our minds. Therefore, placing your focus upon what you do not want is very likely to expand its very presence in your awareness.

An Example

Imagine someone running east, looking for a sunset: they don’t actually have any blocks, but without an effective strategy, how likely are they to find a sunset?

In most traditional mental health care practices the therapist would then go about doing their best to diagnose the presenting problem:

“In this case we have determined that your child has Sunset Denial Disorder or SDD.” This determination would be made by finding this disorder by searching through the book of diseases where all mental diseases are currently cataloged, known as the Diagnostic and Statistics Manuel or DSM IV.

After a diagnosis has been rendered, the well-meaning therapist would then combine forms of treatment, combining possible prescriptions of various psychoactive drugs to help the patient eliminate their sunset-denying tendencies, usually combined with some form of talk or other therapy oriented towards the same focus: that the patient has SDD and to help them navigate the world with this new “understanding” of their “special challenge” (the new label).

The psychoneurologist would look at the individual running east, looking for the sunset, and ask the question: “What resource will help this person to find a sunset?”

In this metaphor, the psychoneurologist would notice that the patient was running in an eastward direction; this process is known as calibration.

He or she would then ask themselves: “Where is the sunset that they are looking for and how can it be located?” This process is known as identifying the resource.

Upon observing that the sun sets in the westward direction, the psychoneurologist would set about informing or teaching the patient to alter the trajectory of the run in a Westward direction; this process is known as integration of the resource.

Upon this patient’s utilization of this new learning, where they now alter their running trajectory toward west, the new learning has rendered their would be “diagnosis” of SDD irrelevant, unnecessary and even harmful.

This example is particularly relevant in cases of children and adults diagnosed with Acute Anxiety Disorders (AAD),  Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), to name a few. In psychoneurology we are able to show consistently that merely by adding new choices, learnings or resources we render the processes of diagnosing and labeling as outmoded, unnecessary, sometimes harmful and in some cases even crippling.

By placing its focus on addition of new learnings or resources as opposed to negation of unresourceful processes or patterns called diseases or pathologies, psychoneurology is always directing the patient to an ever higher level of growth, development and thriving/ expansion.

Before considering putting your child or yourself into a situation where they’re going to be labeled and in some cases given drugs (medications) for anxiety or learning disorders, please take the time to examine another alternative that can be safer and more effective.

  • Alternative Approaches Utilizing Medications

    “The best we can hope to accomplish with psychopharmacological intervention is to hinder the brain from performing the functions that it is attempting. To date, no one in the field of allopathic, or other medical endeavor, has ever managed to come up with a medication or chemical that is able to actually educate or teach the brain to do something new.

    Psychoneurology is an introduction of a new set of processes where we actually educate the patient either consciously or unconsciously to be able to use their brain and nervous system much more effectively, so that they can create completely new results. This is a radical new innovation, applying leading edge technology to ancient wisdom.”Dr. Colbey FormanChief Psychoneurologist, , Founder of Psychoneurology.