Why Experiential?

How many times have you thought to yourself at the end of the day, “Surely I’m having some sort of impact…right??”

Whether you’re a coach, a counselor, a therapist, or any other form of helper, you’ve likely found yourself frustrated.

  • Frustrated that you got into this work because you wanted to help others be set free and find hope, and you’re not seeing the change in your clients you hoped for.
  • Frustrated because you’re overworked and miserable.
  • Frustrated because you’re spending years of your life, and thousands of dollars, and you’re barely scratching the surface of what you need from “therapy”.
  • Frustrated that you once found meaning and joy in your work, but you’re not serving your clients as well because you’re boxed in by the system.

Experiential modalities can bring past traumas and deeply broken narratives to the surface, healing them in ways that traditional coaching or counseling techniques can’t. Clients are directly impacted because of the physicality, or experience, of these types of modalities versus traditional talk therapy.

In other words, experiences heal other experiences.

Stop being the guide who is merely helping others cope. Become the guide that helps people heal––heal from the inside out in ways they never thought possible.

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The bottom 80% of your brain, which is outside your conscious awareness (including your central nervous system), controls your thoughts, feelings, reactions, perceptions, sensations, and how you move in the world.

In contrast, the top 20% of your brain is known as “conscious awareness”, or in other words, where your brain is awake and cognizant of your surroundings.

Talk therapy (and even “trauma-informed” coaching) is designed to impact the 20%, or “conscious awareness”, whereas experiential therapy impacts the bottom 80% of our brain (where you live) as well as the top 20% (where you think), and even has the ability to impact muscle memory (how the body holds our experiences).

This means that the majority of your awareness is out of reach from the impact of talk therapy.

In other words, you cannot talk yourself out of a trauma response and simply “tell” yourself to be different.

By engaging the subconscious mind and eliminating the ongoing influence from troubling past events, blocked energy is released, healing takes place, and change is automatic. Negative habits and painful emotions are replaced by positive actions and feelings of well-being and freedom.

So then the question remains…what are you doing to engage your mind fully so you can help others heal?

With a variety of options to fit your needs, skill levels, and goals, ISEP offers a path for anyone who wants to help the world heal and/or reach peak performance. Here are just a few of the modalities covered at ISEP:

  • Psychodrama
  • Equine Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Play Therapy
  • And much, much more

Regardless of which modality (or modalities!) you embrace, experiential work is a comprehensive and involved form of intervention. Through shared experiences, emotional processing, and reflections that go beyond traditional “talk therapy,” you can be confident that through experiential modalities, yourself and your clients can finally step into the stories they’ve been longing to live.

Opening yourself up to feeling deeply, and exploring both your body and mind together, is not woo woo. It’s scientifically proven to be necessary if you’re looking to experience long-term change, growth, optimal mental and emotional health, and peak performance.

Just look at what our clients and therapists have to say:

If you still have questions about what it means to “do experiential,” get a better understanding through our Mini Masterclass, “Show me, don’t tell me.”

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