The APET Model

Patterns in the brain

by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

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FOR A LONG time there has been a need for a new model of psychotherapy that integrates the major scientific findings of recent decades with the best of therapeutic practice from diverse disciplines. The APET™ model has been developed as a result of research findings about the pattern-matching nature of brain functioning and offers a scientific basis for why human givens therapy is so effective. It incorporates the latest neurophysiological and psychological discoveries into a practical and powerful format for brief therapy and counselling.

As well as describing the APET™ model this monograph explains:

  • how the unconscious mind connects with reality,
  • child development and why brains are pattern-matching organs,
  • why cognitive therapy takes so long and how it can be updated to incorporate new findings about brain functioning,
  • why placebos work,
  • how environment changes behaviour,
  • the dangers of ‘nocebo’ counselling,
  • the importance of meaning and stories in our lives,
  • why metaphors are integral to learning and how to use the APET™ model for treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks and OCD etc.

It shows how the human givens approach integrates the very best therapeutic techniques that are known to work, combining them in an organic way.

(Please note the contents of this monograph are also covered in the book: 'Human Givens: a new approach to emotional health and clear thinking'.)

  • Format: A5 Printed Booklet
  • ISBN: 1-899398-06-6

About the author(s)

Joe GriffinJoe Griffin is a social psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the LSE. He has had many years experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists.

Scientific reviewers around the world have described his research on dreaming with such phrases as, “The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology... rigorously scientific... an important milestone... moves our understanding on significantly... a watershed in our exploration of the evolution of mental processes... a major key to the nature of all psychic states.” He is co-author with Ivan Tyrrell of five landmark monographs about advances in psychological interventions for emotional disturbances and numerous best-selling books, including How to lift, Freedom from Addiction and Why we dream: the definitive answer.

Joe has two daughters and lives with his wife, Liz, in a small medieval town by the river Barrow in rural Ireland.

Ivan TyrrellIvan Tyrrell's interest in psychology stems from a childhood experience of undergoing surgery under hypnosis. For twenty years he studied the comparative effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling models, linking this to what science is discovering about the brain and mind/body/mood connections. As Editorial Director of the Human Givens Journal he has collaborated on many major articles with a variety of distinguished clinicians, writers and other individuals with a focus on psychology, social issues and mental health.

Ivan worked for many years as a psychotherapist and lecturer and is now director of Human Givens College. He founded the Human Givens Institute. He has one son and three daughters and lives with his wife, Véronique, in the Cotswold countryside.