Redecision therapy, developed by Robert and Mary Goulding, guides a client to examine his or her own personal images of their desires and to compare and contrast those images to the ones around them. Through exploration of personal images, a client is able to determine which ones are beneficial and which ones are destructive. The therapist works with the client to decipher the meanings and implications of the images and assists a client in choosing which images to release and which ones to hold on to that can serve to improve the way a client interacts with himself and others.
The first step of redecision therapy is to engage both client and therapist in a contractual agreement that outlines the particular changes a client would like to see through therapy. The therapist maintains a position of allegiance to the client’s true self and encourages the client to recognize and support that side of their personality. The client learns ways in which he or she is relinquishing control and specific actions and reactions are monitored and shared with the client. First person narratives are explored in which the client uses language and emotion to describe situations that may be occurring in his or her life. They then work with the therapist to identify exactly what that expression reveals about themselves and the other people involved.
Objective of Redecision Therapy
Ultimately, through redecision therapy a person is encouraged to review all of the choices and decisions that have influenced the situation at hand. He or she will be able to isolate the ones that had negative implications, and will learn how to release the emotions and images attached to them. This process allows a person to take a retrospective approach to their own healing. The past experiences are not dwelled upon, however they are a vital component to facilitate changes in behavior that can result in a more productive and positive sense of well-being.
Redecision Therapy Association
The Redecision Therapy Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the practice and training of redecision therapy, a technique developed by Mary and Robert Goulding. The organization strives to continue the growth of redecision therapy through its relationships and alliances with other like-minded organizations throughout the world. The members are committed to providing a platform for clinicians and professionals to develop new techniques and engage in research that will promote ethical and effective application of the approach. The Redecision Therapy Association continues to empower people in their personal and professional journey of psychotherapy while staying true to the authentic spirit on which redecision therapy was founded.