The 4 square technique
In psychotherapy and hypnotherapy
The essential of psychotherapy is to promote positive changes. This allows the patient to move on in his life instead of staying frozen, unable to advance sufficiently, or blocked in repetitious behavior, failing in life and suffering. Today, there is a large palette of approaches in psychotherapy. For several years we have been looking at what makes treatments work. The four squares technique is at the cross roads between hypnosis, EMDR, and drawing. It uses the safe place, the affect bridge, an evaluation of the intensity of difficulty, and the focalisation of attention on a repeated bilateral alternating stimulus. The stimulation is accompanied by indirect verbal suggestions of change. The therapist is focused on his patient and observes his evolution. When properly applied this therapy permits a pathological behavior to be replaced by a behavior which is better adapted to the patient’s life by using new resources. This technique can be applied in adult and in child therapy. It is compatible with a large number of psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic approaches. The patients known to benefit from this approach are those suffering from the following pathologies: PTSD, phobias (including social phobia), anxiety related problems, psychological pain, conversion states, school difficulties with fear, social stress, repetitive dreams, nightmares, low self-esteem and negative cognitions etc. It is possible to work on past, present or future oriented problems. We started using the original method known as “la technique des quatres compartiments”, which was presented to us as a method of stabilization during a workshop in psycho-traumatology. However, after working with the original method, we realized that it had a greater realm of therapeutic applications and could even be used in those cases where a strong emotional charge hindered other techniques. Therefore, we decided to adapt and to integrate the method into our clinical practice of hypnosis.
We organize training workshops on the technique of 4 squares 2 days for basic and 2 extra days for the advanced course.