Parks Inner Child Therapy
PICT enables individuals to work through issues towards lasting change, comfortably and with dignity. PICT has proven that trauma can be resolved without disclosure of traumatic details. Client and therapist ‘measure’ gains as they work together to address issues. Although initially developed for healing from abuse issues, PICT has proven enormously effective and helpful with a wide range of difficulties, including:
- anxiety disorders and panic
- low self esteem
- grief issues
- post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD
- anger management
- eating problems
- personality disorder
- physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
- sleep difficulties
- drug and alcohol problems
– and shows a high rate of positive outcomes.
PICT theory proposes that issues we are unable to resolve with rationale and logic are linked to unresolved past experiences and mistaken beliefs. These are generally developed in our childhood, when natural immaturity, lack of support, and/or harmful experiences contributed to the formation of feelings, behaviours and beliefs that prevent us from moving forward, feeling good about ourselves and life, and fulfilling our potential.
Underpinning the work, PICT therapists work with an understanding that
“The type of person you wish you were is who you really are,
but haven’t yet learnt to be”
– Penny Parks
A model of therapy:
PICT is a complete model of therapy, developed by Penny Parks as she journeyed to find her own resolution for childhood trauma. Penny wrote two books in the early 90’s (links below) to share her learning both with individuals looking for self-help and with therapists hoping to help survivors of abuse.
Penny continued to refine the model, and it remains at the leading edge of therapy, integrating CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), imagery rescripting, TA (Transactional Analysis, focusing on child, parent and adult ways of relating), and neurolinguistic programming techniques.
What happens in PICT therapy?
PICT incorporates information, support, guided imagery and measurements for assessing progress. It has a flexible structure, with a beginning, middle and end – and enables clients to work purposefully towards change. It is available in two formats – as a standard weekly/fortnightly therapy or as PICT Quick Change.
- Standard therapy sessions are usually 90 minutes in length and take place weekly or fortnightly.
- Quick Change Therapy (QC) is characterised by longer 4-hour sessions, generally completed over 5-6 days according to negotiation between client and therapist. QC is especially helpful for clients who are ready for change work. It enables them to work through major obstacles in a shorter space of time, without the need for ongoing appointments or complications of weekly scheduling. Like standard therapy QC includes initial assessment, and follow-up post therapy.
Lindsay is a genuinely gifted psychotherapist and trainer.
She is thorough, caring, knowledgeable, supportive and keeps her sense of humour close at hand” – Penny Parks
Amazon: Penny Park’s Amazon page