Insight Focussed NeuroThearpy
Insight Focused NeuroTherapy is a mindfulness and acceptance based model of counselling that has been developed by Pauline Skeates, therapist and trainer of Auckland New Zealand
It is an integrative model that draws from the latest salient discoveries in neuroscience research, mindfulness studies and principles of neuroplasticity. These, together with concepts from Attachment Theory, Coherence Theory, Developmental Theory, and Polyvagal Theory are integrated into a cohesive and practical therapeutic process.
As a mindfulness based model, the IFnT method is simple to use and makes it easy to apply the mindfulness principals that lead to the reduction of stress, the acceptance and curious pondering of presenting symptoms and the openness to new awareness’s that promote neurological change and enhance well-being.
The IFnT process, with its focus on mindful acceptance, kindness and compassion, calms the reactivity of the fight and flight response, softens the defenses and opens the way for new insights to emerge in the stillness of the moment.
The process begins with intentional attention – turning the focus of attention to a presenting issue in a mindful way – curious, loving, open, accepting and kind. The mindful approach promotes acceptance, self-compassion and kindness that soothes anxious reactivity and fosters stillness in the moment – an open space where new awareness’s can emerge into consciousness as a trail of neurological links. With intentional attention, awareness’s are acknowledged, given permission to be there, noticed and described just as they are without any attempt to change, fix, or work them out. Along the way, lost and dissociated parts – fragments of memory are gathered, welcomed and integrated into a coherent whole.
IFT promotes life changing insights and personal revelations that ‘rewire’ your brain and change your life forever.
who can use it

IFnT is for counsellors, psychologists, doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists or individuals wishing to invest in their personal growth and development. The research of Friedrickson (2010) documents that as little as eight minutes of mindful-awareness practice per day results in a significantly increased sense of well-being.

components of IFnT

In our training you will learn aspects of the latest neuroscience research drawn from experts such as: Siegel, Schore, LeDoux, Cozolino, Porges, Kabit-Zin and others, together with principles from Attachment Theory, Fixed Point vs Emergent Living, Coherence and Clean Language Theories, biological principals and spiritual awareness.

IFnT training uses Pauline’s unique ‘Guiding Statements’, and synthesises various leading theories. This mindfulness perspective has proven to be highly effective in leading people into new insights, and change at a neurological level.

You will learn how to utilise the principals of IFnT to take mastery over your life and maximise the neuroplasticity of your brain.


Are you interested in learning more? We run IFnT Courses regularly.


Our courses are held in New Zealand & Europe


Want to know when we’re running our next course? Email us and let us know where you are and that you’re interested and we’ll let you know when our next course is running.

How confidential is my session with you?
We are required by law to keep your confidentiality under all circumstances bar in the event you are an imminent danger to yourself or others.

How many therapy sessions will I need?
It really depends what you’re looking to achieve. If you’re coming to work through a single issue then it may only be a few sessions. If you’re looking to work through some significant trauma or historical issues then we can formulate a plan with you and discuss it in more detail once we understand the intricacies of your history and situation.

what people have to say
“I thoroughly enjoyed the training presented and found the theory and techniques very useful in broadening my professional
practice, as well as enriching my everyday life. I would highly recommend it to professionals working in the helping
professions or anyone with an interest in personal growth and development.”
LINEE, Clinical Psychologist

“It has been fascinating to learn about how the brain functions under stress, how this relates to an individual’s past and how it can be ‘reset’ to enable more positive outcomes for the future. Learning how to engage in the present moment instead of living in fear of the uncertainties ahead is a must, for any individual”
Deb, Graphic Designer

“The course is thoughtfully put together and beautifully presented. The trainers are wonderfully welcoming, sensitive and knowledgeable. They deliver the content in a manner that brings research and theory to life. I gained so much that I have been able to implement both personally and within my work. I recommend this training without hesitation. Go for it.” JULIE, Occupational Therapist

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