“Denmark’s a prison…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison”
– Hamlet, Act II Scene 2
“The mind is its own place, and in it self can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n”
– Paradise Lost, Book 1
“People are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”
You Are What You Tell Yourself
“People tell themselves stories that infuse certain parts of their lives and actions with great meaning and de-emphasize other aspects. But had any of them chosen to tell himself or herself a somewhat different story, the resulting pattern of more-meaningful and less-meaningful aspects of his or her life would have been quite different” (Howard, 1989, p. 168).
The stories we tell ourselves are very powerful. These narratives shape the way we understand and, more importantly, feel about the world, our relationships, and ourselves. Often problems are stories people have agreed to tell themselves (Hoffman, 1990, p. 3). Dr. Mau operates from a perspective of Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Ericksonian Hypnosis, all of which emphasize changes in emotional meaning as a path to mental health. The approach focuses on solutions, and is a brief therapy model with the therapeutic process typically operating over a three to nine week period. The approach is powerful and effective.
There are over 400 approaches to psychotherapy. When considering engaging a therapist or counselor, it may be a good idea to understand the practitioner’s theoretical orientation.
Other Significant Approaches