Image Transformation Therapy in Mississauga

Pathways Counselling & Life Coaching Centre offers image transformation therapy in Mississauga. ImTT is a new approach to resolving emotional challenges using a breathing and visualization technique to release feelings and clear out negative memories. ImTT involves the following two basic, simple ideas: One, feelings of pain and fear underlie all emotions such as guilt and shame and, two, memories can be cleared with a simple breathing/visualization protocol. The result is that traumatic memories and feelings of guilt, shame, pain, and fear can be gently and easily released. The unique advantage of this approach over other therapies is that the intense feelings of pain, fear, guilt, and shame do not have to be experienced to be released.

Images in the mind are considered to be the origin of people’s behaviour. The definition of “images” includes memories of events, beliefs, and conscious and unconscious fantasies that are strongly held. The goal of lmTT is to change feelings and behaviours by removing destructive and dysfunctional images. Images linked with pain or terror are usually not easily changed by addressing them directly. The pain and terror that energizes the images must be released first. ImTT works by releasing the pain and terror linked with the images. Then the images are deconstructed. The result is an effective and reliably permanent change in the feelings and behaviours previously linked with the now deconstructed image.

ImTT Basics

  • Negative events create pain and terror (P/T) related images.

  • The images include memories, feelings, and beliefs that are created by the negative events and that are energized by the P/T.

  • The Pain/Terror Release Technique (P/TRT) releases the P/T underlying the negative memories, feelings, and beliefs.

  • When the P/T is released, the images will lose power and can be deconstructed.

  • The Image De-construction Protocol releases the image.

  • The negative feelings and dysfunctional behaviour will automatically begin to disappear.

Stages of Change

Unprompted healthy, functional behaviour will emerge naturally, providing the self with abundant evidence for spontaneous and positive feelings about the self and the world. The amount of change that occurs after doing lmTT depends on how much the image has influenced a person’s behaviour. On the one hand, a person may experience relatively small emotional repercussions from the loss of a recently acquired job or relationship because the sphere of influence of the affected feelings and behaviours is limited. On the other hand, if the image-creating event occurred many years earlier or if a person’s response to the event was intense, far-reaching, and resulted in a significant behaviour change, then releasing the image may result in a significant change in behaviour and feelings.

The most obvious effect of ImTT treatment is that a person no longer has any intense negative reaction to the memory of the event or its representative image. The image diminishes in intensity, loses its “gripping” quality, and no longer preoccupies a person’s feelings or memories.

The second result is less immediately obvious because painful events vary in their foundational importance. For example, if a person experiences a significant negative event during their teenage years, many feelings/thoughts/behaviours may have been driven by the image of that event. When the image is released, the driving force behind those feelings/thoughts/behaviours is no longer present.

A consequence of the releasing of a foundational image is that the person may feel unmotivated for several days. The motivation to do old behaviours has been eliminated, but not enough time has passed for new behaviours to emerge. For a few days after the image has been released, the person may feel tired and have no desire to do anything. There is often sadness and/or grief or regret about choices made and lost years because of the negative event. This occurs because, without the image and the psychological patterns driven by the image, the person can examine his behaviour through a different lens.

While the new feelings and behaviours are emerging, the person experiences something wonderful, a feeling of expansion and growth. The feeling has been described as a release from an unknown bondage and a new, deeper sense of a self with feelings and wants more truly aligned and more freely expressed than previously. Awareness of this experience is most acute in the first few weeks. After a few weeks, the most obvious changes have taken place and have become a predictable part of a person’s repertoire, and the new way of looking at the inner and outer world has normalized to the extent that the person takes for granted the changes and new behaviour.

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