As a successful ‘affective psychotherapist,’ I have been treating people for emotional and mental problems for well over thirty years. I have several websites that explain the very unusual approach that the therapy that I have developed takes. To visit just two of them, go here or here.
This blog is yet another contributor to my efforts to persuade people that there is much more going on in their subconscious minds than they are aware of – could EVER be aware of.
You see, for a couple of hundred years, modern culture has been hell-bent on believing that we have to define, explain, and know about the content of ‘what is secret and individual to us’ in order for any therapy – or any effort to change – to be successful.
My passion, for as long as I can remember, has been to help redefine that ego-centric search for ‘explanation of the inexplicable’ and convince people that there is a better way to bring about change and ‘healing’ to their emotional and mental drives. And the concrete facts that have been the foundation of my efforts are to be found in the research offered by affective neuroscience, basic philosophy and a smattering of Eastern thought about the value of silence.
It has been said that there are never any new ideas. But I know that unhelpful old ideas can coagulate over time to be a set of beliefs that prevent health and wellbeing. To deconstruct those older ideas and offer commonsense replacements can feel as though those commonsense replacements ARE new ideas. And that’s what I’ve been doing for three decades.
As much as a therapist, I am a dedicated ‘mind-operation researcher’. My findings, in theory and in practice, have developed into a therapeutic approach that is a direct threat and revolt to the tired old “talk therapy” platform that seems to be the basis of all psychotherapy today.
In 2004, reviewer, Dr Leonard Newman, noted, …
Ian White seems to see a particular code in human makeup – a set of algorithms that confound ordinary people but are just everyday unconscious mind patterns to him.
Those patterns are residual neuro-imprints of preverbal learnings.
His gift goes to a separation of the human conscious and unconscious milieu to the mutual exclusion of each. Where people develop lives with symptoms and problems, gifts and abilities, White knows that the emotional subconscious is a set of natural patterns. This understanding allows for a treatment and positive re-adapting of those unconscious patterns that is simple, elegant and avoids the long forensically-probing attitude of mainstream psychotherapy.
Ian White may very well have started a refreshing movement toward simple and effective treatment of the total nature of human characteristics that is light years away from what we all consider therapy to be.”
Well, thank you Dr Len. This statement goes as close to the truth that we can manage, I suppose. Unfortunately it’s loaded with ‘professional master-language’ and I have tried to convert it to something we can all understand. It’s hard, because sometimes there are no words and no easy way to explain the basis of Af-x, ECR and Clinical Affectology. But I’ll give it a go.
Ian White seems to see a particular set of natural rules in human makeup that are a puzzle to ordinary people but are just everyday unconscious mind patterns to him. He sees them as basic facts about how we learn our emotional sub-personality well before we have words, and that traces of these learnings are carried over to adult life.
He understands that the human conscious and subconscious are separate and specifically segregated. Although symptoms and problems are obvious and at every person’s “coal-face of life,” White knows that these are simply “markers” or signals that indicate deeper emotional predetermined (in infancy) patterns.
In consequence, White’s treatment method attends exclusively to those unconscious patterns – by-passing ‘talk’ – and focuses on bringing about naturally-compelled change to those patterns. The approach is elegant, simple and successful in the vast majority of cases.
His approach to clinical affectology methods reflects a divergent path into the future – away from over-detailed and often-troublesome delving into the unreachable aspects of our hidden lives.
Patterns drive and regulate emotional behavior, not facts.”
Founder and developer of Af-x and ECR – Emotional Core Reframing
These are therapeutic styles that disallow talk and-or discussion about symptoms or life-story. This ‘no-chat’ approach characterizes all White’s approaches to private, silent psychotherapy.
The marvel of success of his ‘no-talk’ psychotherapy presents a puzzle for traditional narrative therapists. Here are a few simple facts about Ian.
- Lives and works in North Richmond, New South Wales (Australia), an outer area of Sydney at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
- Original training in Bukkyo Zen – 1962-1964. Trained Morita Therapy 1968. Affective Neuroscience researcher. Senior Lecturer, A.N.U. – Australian National University
- Positively acknowledged by various psych organizations worldwide, among them, ISEPP (International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry) and the Applied Psychotherapy and Counselling Centre, Greece.
- Author of Beat Depression the Drug Free Way and other eBooks related to the human emotional condition, social structures and the collective subconscious.
- Happily married to Annette since 1996. Two sons and two daughters between them.
- Believes that none of us truly knows who we are and how the subconscious actually works. There’s always more than one of us in there, and we are strangers to ourselves.
- Has developed world class training programs in Af-x, ECR and Clinical Affectology. Programs run in Australia and European centers 1995 – present. Available as intensive online programs.
- Intensely dislikes the trend to call varied human behaviour “mental illness.” Lives by the dictum, “Any culture that pathologizes normal human emotion is a pathological culture. You need not buy the propaganda which that culture is selling.”
White approaches his work – and his clients – with exactitude and precision. He is concerned ONLY with the all-powerful non-verbal patterns that exist in all our minds rather than the babble of word-oriented thoughts that seem to overtake our sense of self.
He is concerned ONLY in the existing abilities that we all have for definitive change for the better and how those resources are brought to the fore. Although prepared to wear the tag of ‘therapist’, he strongly proclaims that the only therapist of any consequence lives deeply within each individual’s existence.
His approach is brave in its attempt to overcome the belief that ‘the conscious rules supreme’. I admire that dedication to what’s right with people rather than the focus on what’s wrong with what he says is the perfect organism. A true helper.”
… Bertram Langford MD.