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  THE BENEFITS OF SHIP®
 

1. BACKGROUND
2. APPLICATIONS OF SHIP®
3. CONTRA-INDICATIONS FOR SHIP®

1. BACKGOUND

This unique process was compiled over many years and thousands of individual psychotherapy sessions within a South African population. One of the goals of THE SHIP® FOUNDATION is to reach a level of providing service to as many South Africans as possible, irrespective of race, politics, religion, or social standing.

SHIP® is relatively young and the advances have been quite rapid. There are currently four categories namely SHIP®forAdults, SHIPiC® (SHIP® in Children), SHIP®forAdolescents and SHIP®forAcuteTrauma.

The practical benefits of SHIP® as a psychotherapy model in everyday life are the following:

SHIP® is applicable to the treatment of a variety of psychobiological dis-eases.

It is a practical form of psychotherapy that does not focus on pathology but on healing and growth.

The structure of SHIP® serves as a measurement for progress. It is beneficial in that no other method of psychotherapy provides this.

It allows for individual differences and pace. It is non-judgemental and follows the client’s own rhythm and tempo and respects the client’s feelings throughout.

It provides a focus on cognitive, behavioural, emotional and bodily experiences and is therefore an integrated and holistic approach.

It activates a spontaneous healing process in each individual and does not only offer temporary solutions in the form of short lived coping techniques and dissociation.

It focuses on psychological integration and freedom from painful and hurtful experiences.

It is culture free and therefore appropriate for use across all culture groups in South Africa and respects the client’s own frame of reference.

SHIP® can be used with all age groups and has different categories that specialise in age appropriate psychotherapy.

It helps to heal the past that contaminated and dictated a person’s life. It helps a client not to be a victim and slave of his or her circumstances and provides him or her with control over his or her life.

SHIP® releases a great deal of positive energy within - it unlocks wisdom and the client experiences freedom that will allow him or her to accept the self and others.

SHIP® improves self-validation and the client’s emotions are less fluctuating.

Freedom from chronic psychobiological dis-eases takes place as well as freedom from projections.

Chronic life crises disappear and creativity in personal lives and careers are unlocked.

It helps the client to feel more comfortable with self assertion to the degree that he or she no longer feels threatened by other people.

The client becomes more spontaneous and the constant sense that something inside of him or her is holding him or her back all the time disappears.

SHIP® helps set up a balance and integrated self. The hidden disconnected, spontaneous self is accessed, given identity and validated.

Life takes on a new definition, the sense of losing out on life disappears and the client’s place and contribution in life opens up.

SHIP® is flexible and adaptable, e.g. it can even be used with people with hearing difficulties and problems.

SHIP® breaks the destructive and negative patterns and themes in a client’s psychobiological functioning and behaviour.

2. APPLICATIONS OF SHIP®

A huge asset of SHIP® is its broad spectrum of application possibilities. One of the big contributing factors is that chronic dis-eases are not only regarded as pathology but signs of healing, integration and spontaneous healing reactions. SHIP® does not claim to be everything to everyone but it has proven over many thousands of psychotherapy sessions to be helpful in the following application scenarios, problems and chronic dis-eases that clients present with and seek help for.

  1. Irritable bowel syndrome
  2. Headaches: Migraines (vascular); Tension (muscle contraction)
  3. Self image and assertiveness
  4. DSM V Disorders, e.g.
    1. Post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
    2. Complex PTSD (DESNOS)
    3. Anxiety disorders and problems
    4. Mood disorders
    5. Somatoform disorders
    6. Sexual dysfunctions and problems
    7. Sleeping problems and disorders
    8. Personality problems and disorders
    9. Panic disorders and panic attacks
    10. Eating disorders
    11. Phobia
    12. Impulse control problems
    13. Identity problems and disorders
  5. Impacts positively on intimate and marriage relationships
  6. Psychological burnout
  7. Rehabilitation and adjustment e.g. the consequences of accidents, operations, injuries, etc.
  8. Life crises and adjustment e.g. divorce, death of loved one, family murder, terminal illness, loss of job, financial crisis, etc.
  9. Aggression problems
  10. Destructive behavioural patterns and habits
  11. Stress problems
  12. Bronchial asthma
  13. Peptic ulcers
  14. Eating problems / weight problems / obesity
  15. Acute trauma
  16. Chronic pain e.g. low back pain
  17. Low energy levels
  18. Bereavement
  19. Personal growth
  20. Healing of painful and hurtful experiences that happened in the past
  21. Interpersonal problems.

 

3. CONTRA-INDICATIONS FOR SHIP®

It is important to understand the limitations and consequent contra indicators for SHIP®. Screening and assessing of clients is just as an important factor of effective treatment as the psychotherapy itself. The following are contra indicators:

  1. Organic mental problems and disorders
  2. Lack of motivation and focus on psychotherapy
  3. No need for long term psychotherapy
  4. Chronic substance abuse
  5. Weaker ego boundaries

 

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