Strategic Psychotherapy

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Strategic Psychotherapy works because it connects you to your thoughts and beliefs which influence your behaviours.

Tough things happen in life and people who have the skills to manage their lives, including their moods and behaviour, do better than those who don’t.

Robust mental health, is maintained by a conscious approach to  skill building in developing strategies of prevention. (Michael Yapko,2020)

Contents on this page:

  1. What is Strategic Psychotherapy
  2. What Strategic Psychotherapy gives you
  3. What clients have said
  4. References.


A strategy usually refers to a general plan created to achieve more long-term outcomes or results across many areas of our life. the word is often associated with business – but in life we also have long term goals or outcomes – we just call them dreams or aspirations.

Being a strategic thinker means being able to identify longer term aims and outcomes, as well as being able to decide WHICH of the many elements involved need to be actioned – and which ones do not.

Strategic psychotherapy is process therapy. It is part of a set of approaches used for brief therapy or interventions.   Research clearly shows it helps clients make a difference in their lives. Its use has been documented across diverse situations, such as business, personal, education, child welfare, domestic violence offenders’ treatment to name but a few. It has been shown to be effective across all age ranges.

Strategic Psychotherapy is a practical, goal-driven model of therapy. It involves using various interventions to enable and empower clients to identify and achieve their own clear, concise, and realistic outcomes.

Outcomes and goals are only achieved when appropriate actions are taken. Determining which actions are appropriate or not is the basis of decision making. When we are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, unhappy or even always just angry – it usually indicates something is out of step in the way our decisions are made, and our actions taken.

Strategic Psychotherapy identifies the various processes you use to create and/or maintain your perceptions and the decisions you make to live your life. It often, but not exclusively, uses hypnosis to enhance learning new skills, change old behaviours, make more effective decisions.

Strategic Psychotherapy has evolved over time. It is a process of collaboration between the therapist and client to achieve the desired outcomes

What is Strategic Psychotherapy

Strategic Psychotherapy has evolved over time. It is part of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy group of  therapies. This means it is a short term goal focused therapeutic approach. It is evidence based. It is used to help clients construct their own solutions through leveraging their current skills and experiences; learning more effective processes to find their solutions; making better decisions and implementing them faster and easier than before. 

It is also … 

Time Focus - now and the future

Strategic Psychotherapy does not look backwards into your past.
We work in the now AND towards your future, focusing on what you want to achieve, how you might choose to live and what you could do differently.
This gives you the power to prevent your issues from re-occuring.

Outcome Focus

Strategic Psychotherapy is very outcome orientated. We assess how you use process to get your results and outcomes.
The only way to achieve a different outcome, is to change the processes we use to make decisions and create a better outcome.

Your story is important

Of course, your story is important. However, you are so much more than your story. Strategic Psychotherapy listens to your story to understand the processes you use, the beliefs and values you reflect, the decisions you make and how you turn your results into your outcome.

One shoe size fits all .. NOT

There are different modalities or types of therapy. Research shows more psychotherapists use a range of techniques to tailor the therapy to their client.
Strategic Psychotherapy also links to different forms of therapy.
Effective therapy tailors therapy to the needs and aims of the client.

Leverage Resources & Support

Strategic Psychotherapy blends your resources, your skills and support base together with your therapy.
This helps you maximise your chances of successfully reaching your desired goal.
It helps you learn new skills and different ways of thinking when faced with situations.

You live in your world

We all have problems and challenges due to the way we choose to live our lives. We have our own view of our world as well as our experiences. Problems and challenges never exist in isolation – we interact with them, sometimes we create them and other times we remain stuck by what they mean to us.
Strategic Psychotherapy helps you to identify how you live in your world - and how to make a different choice if you want to.

What Strategic Psychotherapy Gives You

Process is defined as a series of actions or steps taken to achieve a particular result…. It includes performing  those  actions in a particular order… Each action  must add value to the next one in order to change something or preserve something.

During our lifetime, we have created our own  series of actions or steps we take to achieve a result. Often we do not know what those steps are. We do not realise we think in a particular way, make  decisions ina certain way,  decide on a behaviour and respond to our emotions in certain ways.

Mst of us are completely unaware of How we think about doing anything, How we make decisions and then How we implement them. We call this: our personal process.

As adults, we keep repeating  what we always do – and then get surprised when we get the same result. 

Process-oriented psychotherapy  helps you to identify and where necessary change your own process. The benefit for you is you can separate your story – with all its emotions and facts – from your cognitive processes you use to maintain your  story’s influence on your life.

This is how we help you to grow your robust mental health.

This is how you maintain and enhance  your own robust mental health.

When we feel stuck, overwhelmed, or “boxed in” – we experience the “symptoms”  of poor sleep,  excessive or very limited eating, constantly thinking in a loop which is exhausting,  anxious, to name but a few of the more common consequences of feeling overwhelmed and stuck in a problem when you cannot seem to see a solution.

When we understand and identify what we are doing to increase our awareness of our symptoms, we have a choice to make. We can choose to keep focused on the symptom, or we can choose to focus on learning what is needed to remove the symptom.

This is how we help you to gain clarity, become focused on making the relevant decisions needed for your intended outcome and choosing behaviours.

This is how you are able to see a clear way forward past your symptoms, with fewer barriers and thoughts getting in your way.

Constant physical pain is exhausting, saps your energy and  makes a huge demand on your emotions. 

It tends to be all consuming and leaves limited brain power to think clearly, far less make decisions and think creatively.

Pain is a physical sensation which activates nerves and the central nervous system.

Pain also creates an experience or sensations which are associated with fear, anxiety and a low capacity to cope.

Using Strategic Psychotherapy, with hypnosis, is very powerful as it reduces the fear and anxiety related to the experience of your pain.

This is how we help you  gain clarity, have more focused decision making and being able to choose different behaviours.

This is how you help yourself to handle the pain more effectively, redirect your attention elsewhere and gain some relief.

Being positive is different to having positive expectations.
Positive psychology, self help programmes and books are all about finding the good in circumstances we find ourselves in, and moving our feelings to a positive space.

The expectations we hold of ourselves is a powerful force within us. These expectations which we hold – of ourselves and of others – has a significant influence on our experience. The concept of “self-fulfilling prophecy” is where our behaviours are unconsciously aligned with our expectations – and so we repeat the behaviours and get the same results.

Having robust mental wellness, means being able to identify and reflect on our expectations so we can influence how we experience our circumstances – preferably in a positive way.

At Changed Insights, we work with our clients to learn the skills to reflect on their expectations, decide how to build positive changes in them, and then behave accordingly.

This is how we help you become more positive in your outlook on your life for a long time

This is how you change your thoughts and behaviours to achieve a different positive life for yourself.

Our brain is an amazing part of us… it comes with great ability. It also comes with some built in challenges – often those which we create ourselves.

Do you know long term memories are influenced by the emotions we felt when we learnt a new fact or experienced a new event. They are also influenced by the emotions we feel every time we remember – or retrieve those memories.

There are different parts of the brain which “store” our different learnings and experiences. The nerves between these different parts of the brain help us to keep re-feeling and remembering what happened.The brain definitely knows which emotions dominated at the time. They continue to remind regularly.

Process orientated psychotherapy helps you  separate yourself from the intensity of the emotions and the event. It helps you  think about these emotions differently and then make new decisions about how to go forward in your life.

We know your brain continues to work with you, but psychotherapy  helps you to separate yourself from the intense emotions you remember. In this way you gain more clarity and clear thinking.

This is how you are able to move past your emotionally laden and upsetting memories

Teaching clients is an integral part of any therapy, coaching, or counselling session. 

As we live in an ever faster changing world, the skills we learnt years ago may not  longer be useful or relevant. Knowing which old skills to drop and which new skills to learn is needed to build and maintain robust mental health.

Using strategic psychotherapy to do this, speeds up  your ability to let go of your older less relevant skills or process  which no longer work for you. You are able to gain new skills and processes which might serve you better in achieving the results you seek in the future.

Adults learn best through  experiential learning – i.e. learning through experience, AND then reflecting on that experience and learning.

We support your learning new skills and having different experiences through teaching, coaching, activities and reflection.

You support gaining new skills and having different experiences through being open to learn, doing the new activities and reflecting on your learning and experiences.

An emotional anchor refers to a neutral stimulus which is associated with a particular state of mind.

For example – every time I see a cup of steaming coffee – I immediately feel better before I have even taken a sip. the cup is my emotional anchor.

Not all emotional anchors are positive. Negative anchors will tend to bring back negative emotions which cause you to ruminate and chew on a problem or issue.

We help you to identify your anchors which no longer serve you, thus enabling you  to become more flexible and agile in your thinking.

There are so many more benefits to be gained from Strategic Psychotherapy....

What Clients have said

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  1. Michael Yapko – https//
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  3. Michael Yapko, the Discrimation Therapist, 2021 Yapko publishing

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