Intermodal Moment Centred Therapy

Intermodal is a term we've coined to cover the notion of moving between models of therapy at the micro–skill level. Hence not between a whole model to another whole model but using any part of a model that is useful with–in the moment of therapy that is suited.

The 'moment' is employed in several ways:

  1. Firstly, there is the moment of therapy pertinent to the particular problem being discussed.
  2. More importantly, there is the suitability of the client to that technique or skill.
  3. Next, there is the suitability of that skill to the client at this stage of their progress.
  4. Finally, there is the 'moment of occurrence'.

(The latter means that it has occurred to the therapist at that time and maybe thatís enough suggestion that it's a good idea.)

Intermodal techniques are outlined in other sections of this site. These include most commonly CBT techniques, as well as various psychotherapy techniques and specialized clinical skills (Counselling, Gestalt, NLP, Dream Work, Inner Tracking, LOCT Skills (hypnotic regression procedure) and Body therapy). Also, there is a comprehensive listing under Skill Kit.

Spirit of IMCT

  1. Working in the moment—being 'present'
  2. Being human! "Real"!
  3. Hence not 'off the rack', manualized or pre–rehearsed
  4. Collaborating in this spirit with the client (hence also Inner Tracking)
  5. Flexibility and creativity
  6. Working with the Unconscious (Ego–Unconscious)

Philosophy and Rationale of IMCT

We are not interested in just 'getting the person back on the horse'. This is not a problem fixing, diagnostic approach. It is about helping a person to make sense of their life at the deepest meaning possible. (The symptoms and diagnostics will automatically be dealt with in the model.)
Hence the person is conceived as having a body, mind (with an unconscious) and soul. We use notions like 'real self' (that which is beyond the Ego). Hence IMCT is transpersonal.

Society has been hamstrung for years with terms like spirit and soul as religious or quasi–religious meanings. There simply are not words to describe the entire experience of being human. Spirit/soul here refers to the deepest aspects of an entire person. Much of this aspect of a person is quite mysterious. Whereas contemporary psychology sidesteps such notions because they are not evidence–based, (and because of the limited scope of the training models), we maintain that this is a disservice to the total psyche and hence psychology of a person. Just because something is not proven in some scientific way does not mean it is not valid or meaningful in the reality of an individual's life.

Hence, the notion is that using known, evidence–based therapies only limits our capacity to help a person when our own psyche is in fact therapeutic and farther knowing especially in an IMCT format. (We point out here that this is evidence–based PLUS. Hence, further reaching than evidence based alone.) What happens in reality with a therapist with this extended range of skills is that they are able to see a much wider range of clients at greater levels of complexity, because they are simply more sophisticated as therapists. Furthermore it is not longwinded; most therapy is 'brief therapy'.

You may wish to go to Process now to see how the IMCT dynamic process is explained.