Impact Therapy

Impact therapy is effective because it uses not only verbal, but also visual and kinesthetic (carrying out a physical activity) exchanges, resulting in clear, concrete and thought-provoking therapy, rather than vague, abstract, and emotional therapy.

This approach is action and insight oriented and it gets clients thinking for themselves by using props and concrete objects when challenging negative self-talk.

Impact therapy and creative counselling techniques

This course teaches therapists and counsellors the basic steps to follow for speeding up the counselling process and having a better impact on their clients. It is designed to enrich the therapist’s intervention strategies by making them more concrete and more effective, providing therapists with the necessary tools to help them cope with a wide variety of problems. Participants are taught to use the symbolic power of simple objects to transform abstract ideas and complex difficulties into clear, concrete, easily intelligible metaphors. This course creates a solid bridge between theory and technique and provides a clear way to understand the process and progress of a therapy session.

Addressing negative self-talk with Impact Therapy

A little self-criticism is a good thing because it can be a reality check that motivates someone to be a better person. Negative self-talk however tends to backfire, because it focuses on “failures” instead of the "small ways that one could improve”. Studies show that over the long term, negative self-talk is associated with higher stress levels and even depression. This course teaches therapists and counsellors ways to identify and guide the inner critic for good using Impact Therapy.

Much is drawn from the theories of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt, and Reality Therapy.

Therapists and counsellors are taught the basic steps to identify irrational ideas in a client’s self-talk and dispute it using Impact Therapy.Participants are taught how to combine REBT and ego states from TA with creative props, drawings, analogies, and Gestalt therapy in a different manner than the way this theory is traditionally taught resulting in clear, concrete, and effective methods.
Dr Lorna Geer
Copyright 2017
Last updated on 10 May 2017
Counselling Psychologist
Centurion, Pretoria