In the 1600’s, religion was the home of scientific contemplation, but with the birth of “real” science in the 1800’s, the two disciplines separated and this has had fundamental implications for mental health in the 21st Century!
In the UK, physical science really took over the reins on health with the birth of the NHS; at the time, mental health wasn’t even on the agenda! The problem is that physical science does not have any answers on mental health; believe it or not, the chemical imbalance theory of depression (on which the use of anti-depressants is founded) has never been proven! Physical science has led the field of medicine into a total focus on “treating the symptom not the cause” and a proliferation of chemical medication.
As the need for mental health provision has increased, the same “treat the symptom not the cause” strategy has led to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Counselling. The defined purpose of CBT is to teach the client mental strategies to manage their problem; stress management or anger management are almost the purest example of “treating the symptom not the cause”. Why would you want to manage your problem? Counselling seems to merely rake over old ground for months and months and rarely seems to provide a solution either. Neither were really designed with a solution in mind and this would probably be why only 41.8% of people complete their mental health therapy programmes in the UK.
I think that helping people with mental health issues is more about art and religion. People skills like rapport and empathy are an art. Other essential people skills like inspiration and empowerment are closer to religion. However, rather than God, I believe in the power of the human spirit: we are our own healers…we just need a little help in showing us how.
The Mark Newey Method is based on five fundamental principles: teaching, nurturing, healing, inspiration and empowerment. At best counselling and CBT fudge the first three and completely miss the last two.
It’s time to revolutionise mental health.