MOL doesn’t provide solutions but helps people generate their own solutions to problems

Heather Restall, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – Long Term Conditions Specialist

Method of Levels has transformed my practice. I find it works well with all kinds of patients, including my least and most impaired patients. I use it to help people reflect on their thoughts and behaviour in a way that helps them become more adept at reducing their own distress. It has been incredibly effective in terms of helping patients overcome areas where they had previously felt hopelessly stuck.

Kelli Garrison, MAPS, Counselling Psychologist

As a practitioner with a few years experience, I find that many training offerings are uninspiring – designed to meet requirements or rehash ideas met too often. The Method of Levels (MOL) training was quite different. It encouraged me to view my counselling methods wholistically and systemically, rather than with a reductionistic process focus, as is more common. It is a method which builds on existing competencies and fans interest in how and why counselling works. MOL is also truly client focussed, it is hard to imagine a client could feel imposed upon using this approach. I have found that following discussions, reading and face to face training on MOL that it has lingered in my consciousness and informed my practice significantly more than most methods I have encountered.

Lydia Morris, PhD student & Clinical Psychologist

I have found using MOL very helpful when offering relatively brief interventions (e.g. 6-8 sessions) to people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. This approach has been particularly useful for a number of reasons. Firstly it ensures that there is a nuanced understanding of the client’s problem from their perspective. This is particularly important when working in a time limited way as lengthy assessment and formulation processes are not possible. Secondly this understanding develops and is adapted on an ongoing basis and from this understanding client specific strategies emerge, i.e. the client generates these. Therefore this avoids another common pitfall of brief work, which is of offering generic strategies for particular presentations (e.g. depression) without a nuanced understanding of client’s idiosyncratic problems and needs. It also provides flexibility to respond to changing symptoms, circumstances and problems.

Phil McEvoy, Managing Director, Six Degrees Social Enterprise

Perceptual Control Theory and the Method of Levels (MOL) provide a unifying theory that now underpins my practice. PCT helps to clarify what may or may not work and why across a vast range of focal problems. Since I’ve embraced MOL my practice has become more reflexive and I have learnt to work in a more open way that enables the people whom I work with to retain a much greater locus of control.

Rob Griffiths, Psychological Therapist

Learning about MoL and PCT has had a significant impact on the way that I work with clients. I primarily work with young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis and have begun to incorporate a lot of ideas from MoL into my practice. Firstly, I think I am able to respond more flexibly to clients by maintaining a greater emphasis on their experience within sessions. For example, if a client begins to describe a past experience, I am interested to know how it feels for them to talk about this right now. Is it helpful for them to talk about this topic? How does it help? Secondly, I am less prescriptive in my approach to delivering therapy, focusing more on what clients say they need in sessions than my preconceived ideas about what will help the person. Examples of how this works in practice would be giving the client as much control as possible over the frequency, duration and content of sessions. Often, the clients I work with feel like they have very little control over any area of their life. In my experience, emphasising client control over sessions has several advantages, including developing a sense of collaborative working and maintaining engagement with therapy. Thirdly, I am keen to work with client-generated metaphors and imagery as a means of exploring difficulties, rather than use a metaphor of my own to explain the person’s difficulties. Finally, I am much more tuned in to signs that the client is having some background thoughts about the topic of our conversation, and frequently enquire about this in an effort to help the person become aware of information that was not readily available to them before. This often enables clients to take a step back from unusual and distressing experiences to look at them from another perspective.

Susan McCormack, Psychological Therapist, on behalf of Mode Rehabilitation

Mode Rehabilitation is a Charity in the United Kingdom.  We provide psychological therapies and clinical services; working with trauma, personal injury, brain injury, psychological problems including managing pain, and that of an ortheopedic nature.  We are aware that it’s certainly not always easy to obtain clarity of the debilitating symptoms that clients who access our service experience. We believe Methods of Levels is the appropriate psychological approach, due to its flexibility, and its ability to help clients with all forms of problems in clinical practice.  It is a simple technique of asking questions so that awareness might shift to the higher levels according to its theory.  It appears to function particularly as the client listens to what they themselves say during therapy, accessing their thoughts, images and feelings that are being generated. In turn, the process helps the client capture disruptions and create solutions for themselves.  Method of Levels also works for those clients who find articulating problems difficult.  From our client’s perspective, it’s often reported that the process appears to be honest empowering and results in an experience that helps the client find the solution to their own problem, ultimately a greater sense of control.

Vyv Huddy, Honorary Clinical Psychologist with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology University College London

Attending the MOL workshop has been transformative in improving my practice as a clinical psychologist both in terms of direct work with clients and also finding more efficient ways of working within mental health services. Tim Carey’s and the other workshop facilitators’ passion for MOL is extremely inspiring. Their knowledge, creativity and skill in explaining PCT helped me to see more clearly how psychological therapy really works. The practice exercises felt more plausible and honest than any workshop I’ve attended. I could immediately see ways of applying the ideas in my work with clients and felt confident in doing so when I returned to practice.​ MOL is a paradigm shift in psychological therapy and the benefits to all will be immense.

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