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.