Reframing is a technique that has developed out of Neuro Linguistic
Programming or NLP for short. It is based on the principle that a different
perspective can unleash a lot of power. Have a look at this video to get
an idea of how a different perspective can make a huge difference.
You’ll get the different perspective at the end of the clip.
It is easy for us to get stuck in a particular perspective or frame through which
we see things. This frame becomes the only way we see a particular thing, the
world, ourselves etc. If the particular frame is limiting this can be a problem
because there may be no solution to the problem in the frame I hold.
A locked and limiting frame has the effect of drying up our fluidity and
causing us to get stuck. To break out of this we need to ‘try out’ different
frames. This has the effect of looking at the problem for lots of different
angles but more importantly it releases our creative energies and allows
us to be more fluid and responsive.
Here are some common examples in cranial work of frames of perspective
that are locked.
Cause = Effect Statements: “This X leads to this Y”
“If a patient’s symptoms get worse after treatment, they will blame me..”
Complex Equivalence Statements: “This X means this Y”
“The fact that the patient’s symptoms got worse means I did something wrong.”
Identification; “This X means this Y about ME”‘
“The fact that the patient’s symptoms got worse means I am a bad therapist.”
External Behavior = Internal State
“If a patient’s symptoms get worse, it means I am a bad therapist, which makes me feel bad.”
Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, saw the musical.
Before you begin reframing it’s important to find both the External Behavior
and the Internal State.
For example, a statement like, “Patients think I am a bad therapist”, is an
expression of an internal state.
To find the coresponding external you could ask yourself, “What causes to
patients to think I am a bad therapist?”
The answer might be “Because their symptoms get worse after I treat them.”
Now you have an external behavior (Their symptoms get worse after I treat them.)
and an Internal State (Patients think I’m a bad therapist).
“Patients think I am a bad therapist because their symptoms get worse after I treat them.”
Now you can begin reframing: Here are some ways to see the situation differently.
Reframing the external behaviour:
“A change in a patient’s symptoms after my treatment is a great indication of my
treatment having an impact on their system.”
Reframe The Internal State:
“It’s not that patients thinks I am incompetent, it is that they don’t understand the
process of healing.”
“Can I think of a time when a patients symptoms have got worse and they didn’t
think it was my fault? Or can I think of a time that a patient understood the
significance of their symptoms getting worse and were encouraged by it?”
“What’s going to happen to my success level if I keep thinking this way?
What will my life be like in ten years, or twenty?”
“Do I think that every single patient whose symptoms get worse after seeing
me will think I am incompetent as a therapist?”
Reflexively Apply to Self or Listener:
“In other words, I should probably conclude I am an incompetent therapist
because a patient of mine symptom’s get worse after I treated them.”
“Are you trying to tell me that if one of my patient’s symptoms get worse
after I treat them that I am an incompetent therapist?”
“How does this happen specifically?”
“What happens first?”
“What happens right after that?”
“How does the exact sequence go for a patient to go from trusting me to not
thinking I am competent because their symptoms get worse without me
having any say in the matter or influence whatsoever?”
You can use reframing with any difficulty you might be having with your
cranio sacral practice.