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Martin Shirran is attracting clients from around the world for his own version of CBT
‘Life Architecture’ offers a fresh approach to therapy, at its core is CBT, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, which has been underpinned with various other techniques, including NLP and Hypnotherapy, the approach is completely results driven.
The therapy has other facets, one is its ability to uncover a person’s real motivation to change any situation or aspect of their life, and if necessary to be able to build and strengthen it. LA does the same thing with willpower, firstly identifying and demonstrating its use and then showing the client how they can flex, strengthen and build the willpower muscle, intensifying both its strength and depth. Additionally he sets out to prove and demonstrate to the client that the required change is not only possible but also achievable.
The approach is based on the belief that for change to take place a person must first believe unquestionably it is indeed possible, they need rock solid willpower coupled to a level of motivation similar to that of an Olympic athlete, he believes that with those three conditions met just about anything can be achieved
LA was featured in the media recently when it was successfully used to help people with bulimia, in the past it has been used to help those suffering with panic attacks, addictions, insomnia, depression, and more recently when used to help someone overcome a stammer.
The therapy shows people how they can implement rapid change in their life, simply and without too much effort. Martin Shirran states that no one is born an alcoholic, or a smoker, and no one comes into this world suffering from panic attacks or with an emotional hang up about food, just as no one is born bulimic. The fact is all of these negative actions have had to be painstakingly learned, or have been adopted for some reason or another, just like the positive ones we learnt as children, such as being able to recite the alphabet, or tying our shoelaces. Any bad habit, or learned pattern of behaviour, can be changed or “unlearned”
A critical element of change is always the individual’s motivation and desire for it to happen; commitment is required and a certain amount of energy needs to be invested. At the clinic he has observed that sometimes just showing someone that change is possible is all that’s necessary to turn a person’s life around, and the effect can sometimes be dramatic. When people see and understand that just about any change in life is possible, and that it can be achieved relatively easily, it’s like opening Pandora’s Box; all of a sudden life holds unlimited new and exciting prospects for the future.
The ‘Life Architecture’
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Martin Shirran is lead therapist at the Elite Clinic in Fuengirola, Spain. The clinic offers a multi therapy approach that attracts clients world wide.