I read about people in the media who have a problem with PTSD who are somehow heroic for taking prescribed medication and I think why don’t they try the Boulderstone Technique. For example, when a patient takes anti-depressants I already know two things.
The first is that at least part of them has bought into the absurd idea that drugs can help or even sort out an emotional problem. Of course, people have been trying that for many years, self-medicating with alcohol, cannabis, opioids and others; it didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now. And here is my claim: prescribed drugs will never cure depression. Nowadays, the justification gets wrapped up in medical speech about stopping the brain re-absorbing too much serotonin trying to absolve the patient of responsibility by saying, “It isn’t what you do, you poor thing, it’s your silly brain not knowing how to function properly.” Of course, the real problem comes down to the seemingly unavoidable bad choices and decisions made by the patient in the past.
Can it get more stupid? It could. A surgeon could come along and say, “If we cut out a small piece of your brain, we can stop your silly brain getting it wrong!” You know, they have already said that. They said it to my aunt, who had the operation and then killed herself because she couldn’t live with the consequences; and yet people still trust doctors to solve their PTSD – it is so bizarre.
The second thing I know is that the patient is going to be stuck with her problem for a lot longer than she needs to because she has rejected alternatives. Survival of the fittest playing out.
The Boulderstone Technique sorts out PTSD in a way no doctor would ever think of. The thing is, when you hold a friend really close, you can actually feel when they are emotional and when they are not. You can go through it with them, support them and clear the problem. The reason you don’t get caught up and overwhelmed is because you do not hold the complete picture of the problem, and that gives you a distance that makes it easier not to get sucked in. Of course, you may get overwhelmed yourself and then you may also need some treatment.
When I see patients, I do not hug them. Instead, I hold their head while they lie on a couch, somehow this is more acceptable, but, even so, I can still feel what they are going through.
The point is that every single one of us knows how to deal with emotional problems. Every one of us does so on a daily basis, but they are the minor problems: dealing with the grumpiness of a teenager, the frustration of finding a car parking space, the annoyance at not getting an appointment sooner, we deal with them. The only ones you can’t deal with are the ones that are overwhelming. So how do we, as practitioners, deal with the overwhelming ones?
The answer is very, very simple. You get close to them, hold their head, and ask them to relate their story; because you are feeling exactly what is going on with them, you can get them to stop before it becomes overwhelming. You can get them to process that bit first, and then go back to their problem and do it again, stopping just before it gets overwhelming and process that bit. In this way the whole trauma can be worked through.
Most problems are sorted out in one or two sessions, sometimes three. Not a year’s worth of sessions that it takes many people not to get better, and that is probably why few have heard about what we do. It doesn’t matter how bad a person’s problems are, once it has gone it is not a problem anymore. Therapists who take a year to help a patient get better and get more exposure than a therapist who only takes a few sessions.