Insight Focused Therapy

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Insight Focused Therapy

Insight Focused Therapy is a new 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 which 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, Polyvagal Theory and studies from trauma therapy are integrated into a cohesive and practical therapeutic process.

As a mindfulness based model, the IFT method is simple to use and makes it easy to apply the mindfulness principles that lead to the reduction of stress.  The acceptance and curious pondering of presenting symptoms and the openness to new awarenesses promote neurological change and enhance well-being.

The IFT 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 acceptance, self-compassion and kindness of mindfulness calms and soothes anxious reactivity and automatic functioning.  Mindfulness skills and a mindful attitude still the moment and open the space for new awareness’s to emerge into consciousness.  A trail of awareness’s (neurological links) unfold. With intentional attention, each awareness is acknowledged and given permission to be there, noticed and described, just as it is, without trying to change it or fix it or work it out.  Along the way, lost and dissociated parts and fragments of memory are gathered, collected, organized and welcomed, integrating them into a coherent whole.

IFT promotes life changing insights and personal revelations, that  can ‘rewire’ your brain and change your perceptions forever.

Who can use it

IFT can be used by therapists, mentors, coaches, advisors, and people-helpers. It can also be used as a personal development tool. In fact, anyone can use this loving, open and accepting inner dialogue. The research of Friedrickson (2010) and others document that as little as eight minutes of mindful-awareness practice per day can result in a significantly improved sense of well-being.

Components of IFT

In our training you will learn aspects from the latest neuroscience, mindfulness and trauma specialists research drawn from many of the experts in these fields, such as: Siegel, Schore, LeDoux, Cozolino, Porges, van der Kolk, Kabit-Zin, Williams and others, together with principles from Attachment Theory, Fixed Point vs Emergent Living, Coherence and Clean Language Theories, biological principles and spiritual awareness.

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

IFT Training

We offer training in Insight Focused Therapy to mental health professionals, therapists, coaches, people helpers, advisers and those wishing to invest in personal development.

Class content:

  • 10 Modules – Insight Focused Therapy – Theory and practice
  • Group work
  • Practical exercises
  • Personal experience
  • Duration: 10 seminar days

Participants will receive a certificate of achievement for professional development upon completion of the course.

Coming soon:  we will also be offering online IFT training, please let us know if you are interested in our online training option.

Course Structure

10 Seminar Days – over one year $150 + GST per day (includes IFT training kit, class notes, relevant articles, delicious morning and afternoon tea)

Additional requirements for those wishing to complete a Practicum Certificate of Achievement:

  • 25 hours of IFT counselling clients
  • 1 hour supervision for every five hours of counselling
  • 10 hours of personal therapy with a trained IFT counsellor
  • Required reading – 4 books
  • One book review
  • 1 written case-study of 1,500 words
  • A 15 minute transcript of a recorded IFT process to accompany the case-study.

Counselling fees per session:

  • Pauline – $140.00NZD + GST
  • Sandy – $100.00 NZD – (GST not applicable)
  • Karin – 100 Euro (VAT may apply)
  • Esther – 100 Euro

BLOG: Insight Focused Therapy

Insight Focused Therapy has been developed by Pauline Skeates, a therapist from New Zealand whose interest in helping clients to overcome obstacles in their pursuit of well-being, led to a search of research literature on the subject of the human fear response.  Read more…

“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, I believe, for any individual. This course provides huge insight into this process. Oh, and the hospitality shown as we learn is awesome! Thanks ‘Insight’ team :) “. 

Deb - Designer

2013/2014 IFT Course

“I have enjoyed and benefited from being part of the IFT training course over the last year. The teaching material is well presented and incorporates practical exercises that lay the foundation for a new set of life skills that can empower you to achieve change and growth on an ongoing basis”.

Sam - Stock Market Trader

2013/2014 - IFT Course

The IFT course that is run by the team at Insight International has given me a lot of theory and useful techniques that have changed both my personal life and how I work with my clients. I enjoyed the combination of theory and exercises which allow for experiential learning. The course is held in a lovely location and is presented in a professional and clear manner. I highly recommend this course!

Chantal - Clinical Psychologist

2013/14 course, renewyourmind

Thank you to Pauline and her team at Insight International.
I completed Insight Focus Therapy Level 1 &2 and can highly recommend this course.
The days spent in class were interesting, supportive, friendly and not really like traditional teaching at all. We were presented with a mix of videos, written material, exercises, and Pauline’s excellent teaching. The information presented is extremely well researched with lots of references to follow up on afterwards. We were given plenty of free reading material which I continue to use for reference and further study.
If you are an experienced counselor, therapist and people person then this is a course for you. You will expand and deepen your knowledge as well as gain confidence in your practice. Well worth it!


2015/16 course

Related Theories

  • Coherence Therapy
  • ACT
  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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