What Is Metatherapy?

At Metamorphosis we have named our treatment program Metatherapy, which is a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Hypnosis, and Mindfulness.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to solve problems concerning behaviours, dysfunctional emotions and cognitions through a goal-oriented and systematic procedure. CBT is effective for the treatment of many different conditions, including anxiety, personality, eating, mood, substance abuse, and various psychotic disorders. CBT can be used in both individual therapy as well as group settings. The techniques are then often adapted for self-help applications. CBT was primarily developed through the merging of behaviour therapy with cognitive therapy. While rooted in rather different theories, these two traditions found common ground in focusing on the “here and now”, and on alleviating symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address the past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories. The approach was originally developed to resolve trauma-related disorders primarily for soldiers of war that had experienced a traumatic event(s) that had become vividly locked in their subconscious memories. This form of psychotherapy has proven to be highly effective in many other areas involving Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Hypnosis is a voluntary state of relaxed, attentive concentration. During this state the conscious, critical mind is relaxed and relatively inactive. It becomes more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions. This makes it easier to look at problems and solutions from a more adaptive point of view.

Mindfulness can be described as a calm awareness of one’s body functions, feelings, content of consciousness, or consciousness itself. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world renowned teacher of mindfulness meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program describes mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”. At Metamorphosis our experienced clinicians could not agree more.