Often a client will find themselves immobilised by their current thought and behaviour patterns and this is often because they have created a particular frame with which to work. The Six Step Reframing pattern will enable the client to access subconscious resources to produce more productive alternatives.
1Identify Unproductive Behaviour
Select a behaviour that the client wants to change, ideally it should be an easily identifiable, single behaviour that can be framed in a “I need to stop…” or “I want to … but can’t”.
2Communicate with the Part
Ask the Part to create a physical signal of positive intent (nod, movement etc). It can be helpful to put the client into a light hypnotic trance to elicit this connection. If no signal is forthcoming then assume that there is a positive intent involved and that the Psyche will comply with any suggestions.
3Clarify Positive Intent
Have the part bring to mind the positive intent related to the current unproductive behaviours. Be aware that this is an internal process and the client may be unable or unwilling to vocalise the internal response. There is often an urge to ask the client for details but this is unnecessary and can ‘break’ the pattern. You can use the signal from step 2 to show when the part has responded.
4Produce 3 alternatives
Ask the creative Part of the client to produce 3 new behaviours that will meet the needs of the positive intent without compromising the needs of the Part creating the unproductive behaviour.
5Ask For Acquiessance
Offer the new behaviours to the Part that has been responsible for the unproductive behaviour and ask for its acceptance in using one of the new approaches when it would normally use the unproductive behaviour. Pay special attention to the signalling set up in step 2 for confirmation. If no positive response signal was forthcoming in step 2 you can either (a) assume a positive response or (b) consider the possibility that there is a higher Logical Level at work which must be addressed first.
Take the client to future situations in their imagination and ask them to affirm the selection of the new behaviour over the old. Should there be no change in selection or there is a physical incongruence repeat the process until the Part has agreed to using the new approaches. If there is resistance to change consider the possibility of Parts Conflict and work with the Client to identify areas of conflict within their subconscious.