Insight Focused NeuroTherapy

Insight Focused NeuroTherapy is an integrative therapeutic model; a mindfulness, acceptance-based, interpersonal neurobiology approach developed by Pauline Skeates, therapist and trainer of Auckland New Zealand.
IFnT draws from recent salient discoveries in neuroscience, longevity research, mindfulness, neuroplasticity, epigenetics and bio-cellular research. These, together with concepts from, Attachment Theory, Coherence and Complexity Theories, Developmental and Polyvagal Theories and principles from Quantum Physics, are integrated into a cohesive and practical therapeutic process.
Simplicity on the other side of complexity. The IFnT method is simple to use making it easy to apply mindfulness principles that reduce stress, soften adaptive defences and foster curiosity in the present-moment – open heart, open mind, open space; a curiosity that leads to expanding awareness. This curious inquiry of mind, in the stillness of the moment, nurtures opportunity for insights – aha moments or epiphanies to emerge into consciousness. In turn, new lived experiences activate neurogenesis (the brain’s ability to grow new neurons) that precipitate restructuring at a neurological level, heart-brain coherence, and an integrated sense of wholeness and well-being.
Rewire your brain for transformational change. The process begins with intentional attention – turning the focus of attention to a presenting issue in a mindful way – curious, loving, open, acknowledging, accepting and kind (C.L.O.A.K.). Acceptance, self-compassion and kindness help soothe anxious reactivity to foster a neuroception of safety – a stillness in the moment – an open space where insights are free to emerge into consciousness. The process continues with intentional attention, insights are acknowledged and welcomed, noticed and described just as they are, without any attempt to change, fix, or work them out. With a compassionate approach towards previously alienated parts of self, lost and dissociated parts; fragments of memory are gathered, welcomed and integrated into the whole.
IFnT is a process that offers us the opportunity to encounter ourselves in a mindfully dynamic way. In the powerful stillness of the present moment, life-changing insights and personal revelations ‘rewire’ your brain to transform 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 Fredrickson (2010) documents that as little as eight minutes of mindfulness practice per day results in a significantly increased sense of well-being.

IFnT training uses Pauline’s unique ‘Guiding Statements’ and synthesises various leading theories. See IFnT Course pages for more information on the course program content.

You will learn how to utilise the principles of IFnT to take mastery over your life and maximise your brain’s neuroplasticity for change.

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