Our Approach

Alec and BindiUsing What’s Right to Fix What’s Wrong

The in8 approach helps individuals, couples, families, groups and organisations. It clarifies what it means to be human in a rapidly changing world. We focus on those innate factors that make people feel good about themselves, their life and their work. The approach has a solid base in science, and by applying it to your situation, you will be able to set priorities and implement strategies which will improve well-being and productivity.

We focus on finding practical solutions which not only work, but can be clearly seen by others to work. Many other approaches to improving performance rely on classifying human beings into different specific “types”. These approaches then describe how people who fit into these different classifications tend to behave and interact. These systems provide useful diagnostic tools and can shed light on why certain types of people behave in the way they do. However, approaches which rely on putting people into boxes are limited. There is a world of difference between reaching a diagnosis and knowing what to do about it. At in8 we utilise the fact that human beings are quite capable of acting completely differently when placed in different situations.

At in8, we tend not to use labels or fit people into different classification types. Our approach recognises that no two human beings have the same background, history, skills, capabilities, ambitions and fears. But by working with those elements which are common to all human beings, we are able to achieve significant insights and improvements in virtually all situations, in both home and work environments. We are far more interested in finding practical solutions, than diagnosing, categorising or deciding who is to blame.

Working with in8, organisations reach a clear understanding of what their workforce really needs in order to feel enthusiastic about their work. Communication improves and stress reduces. Employees feel motivated, more valued and therefore they contribute more. Ultimately this is reflected in reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and profitability for the business.

Working with in8, individuals are better equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs. They cope with situations that they might previously have found challenging. They can recognise unhelpful patterns of behaviour and implement techniques to improve their situation. This leads to them overcoming fears and inhibiting beliefs. They are able to build stronger relationships, let go of anxiety and generally feel more positive and optimistic.

We have a lot of experience working with couples. Relationships work best when each partner is actively helping the other to get their innate needs met – we call this “Mutual Needs Satisfaction”. This does not necessarily mean through shared interests – in fact there are many successful relationships where the couples apparently have little in common. But the relationship still works because there is mutual support for each other’s needs. We can help you to take practical steps to rebuild trust and support in struggling relationships.

Our approach is efficient, economic and extremely effective. It is also pragmatic and solution-focused. When working face to face with clients we take the approach that effective help requires a combination of techniques which include the following:

* Building a sense of trust – ensuring that you feel safe enough to tell me about the things that I will need to know.

* Listening carefully to your story – identifying the issues, when did they begin, which aspects of your life are working, which are not, etc. Collecting relevant information.

* Identifying possible trauma or unconscious barriers which might be preventing you achieving what you want.

* Identifying sources of stress or worry.

* Teaching about how the human brain responds, and a variety of techniques for reducing stress, so that you can one that works for you. Everyone is different! This is where Mindfulness and breathing exercises can help – but in my experience they are not much use without a structured plan, especially when levels of anxiety are high at the start of treatment.

* Setting simple, practical and achievable goals aimed at helping you to take a single step after each session (however small) but which you feel confident is a step in the right direction. These goals have to be positive, realistic and generally include things designed to get your innate needs met more effectively. (Stress is the human reaction to not getting your innate needs met in balance).

* Agreeing a strategy (plan of action) with you which we both feel confident is realistic and helpful and will take you towards improved well-being.

* Using specialised techniques (such as the Fast Phobia Cure, Rewind Technique or Visual Kinaesthetic Dissociation Technique) to de-traumatise problematic patterns from past experiences.

* Setting tasks to be completed between sessions (when appropriate) to learn new skills, practice making small changes, reframe experiences, experience a sense of relief, test out progress. etc.

* Identifying and accessing your own innate resources, strengths, achievements, skills and guiding you to utilise them creatively to help with progress. (We use the phrase: “we use what works to fix what doesn’t”)

* Using tools such as relaxation and guided imagery to help you rehearse achieving any goals we have identified. Once your brain has really imagined doing something you are much better prepared to actually succeed.

* Using stories and metaphor where appropriate.

* At every session we take steps to measure your sense of progress towards well-being (or in rare cases, lack of it!). We also measure your confidence in the approach. We share this with you and discuss it since we find this transparency and honesty greatly aids progress.

Well, that’s a quick summary of our approach which is known as “the human givens approach”. It has a strange name, but which provides an accurate description because it is about what humans beings have in common – i.e. the ‘givens’ of human nature. Although we only use the human givens approach (both Bindi and myself are Fellows of The Human Givens Institute), we think the name in8 (pronounced “innate”) is simpler, easier to understand and effectively says the same thing. As in we all have innate needs and innate resources. When we are able to use our innate resources to get our innate needs met in balance, then by definition we cannot be stressed and we thrive.

Please call us if you need any further information before making an appointment.