Insight Focused NeuroTherapy

Insight Focused NeuroTherapy is an integrative mindfulness and acceptance-based model of counselling that has been developed by Pauline Skeates, therapist and trainer of Auckland New Zealand.
IFnT is an integrative model – an interpersonal neurobiology approach that draws from the latest salient discoveries in neuroscience and longevity research, mindfulness studies and principles of neuroplasticity, epigenetics and bio-cellular research. These, together with concepts from, Attachment Theory, Coherence Theory, Developmental Theory, Polyvagal Theory and Quantum theory are integrated into this cohesive and practical therapeutic process.
The IFnT method is simple to use and makes it easy to apply the mindfulness principles that reduce stress, and soften the defences that allow for present-moment openness, curiosity and pondering; a curious inquiry of mind that, in the stillness of the moment, fosters opportunity for insights to emerge, new lived experiences that in turn activate neurogenesis (the brain’s ability to grow new neurons) neurological change, inner harmony and ultimately a greater sense of well-being.
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. Acceptance, self-compassion and kindness help soothe anxious reactivity and 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 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 Fredrickson (2010) documents that as little as eight minutes of mindfulness practice per day results in a significantly increased sense of well-being.

components of ifnt

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

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

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