The sound of Ed can help really assists clear thinking! Who knew?
I thought that it would be worth mentioning this aspect of what Ed can help can do for you, because it’s come up twice this week in the therapy room.
Two new patients whom I was seeing both arrived with very full, complicated, histories covering many years and a wide variety of aspects and issues. We spent about 3/4 of an hour talking together as we both tried to get some shape and form around the work which needed to be done. The idea was that once we had a clear agenda, we could begin treatment using Ed can Help’s sound therapy.
Very quickly I began to feel confused and a little overwhelmed by the amount of information, the depth of feeling, and the many aspects presenting themselves. It was hardly surprising that the patient themselves didn’t exactly know where to begin. Using conventional methods, over time it would have been possible to sift through all the material and to formulate a well-thought-through treatment plan. However, this clearly would have taken at least four sessions and potentially would have stirred up its own complications during the process.
I decided to suggest that the patient do a primary 20-minute session, listening to the sound over headphones, and make some notes while doing it. The rationale being this would serve as a useful introduction to the sound itself, and hopefully assist the patient in deciding where they felt their attention should first be turned.
I left the room, as I usually do, while this was going on and returned 20 minutes later. The patient had drawn up a plan comprising of the issues that needed to be addressed in the therapy room and the practical steps which needed to be taken by themselves outside of it. They reported that whereas they were usually avoidant, muddled, and anxious when thinking about these things, while listening to the sound, amazingly, they felt calm and focused.
I left the therapy room for a further 20 minutes and when I returned this outline “To Do List” had been shaped into a clear and comprehensive plan of action. We were both very pleased with this outcome.
This little episode has reminded me that people have often commented that they use the sound therapy when they are problem-solving. It seems as though the sound on the app ‘drowns out’ brain chatter and allows people to focus on the issues or problems which are important to them. I know of several people who have very complex jobs, working out complex engineering problems and use the app specifically to listen to while engaged in this work.
Thus, if you are not so much in need of working on ‘issues’ but need help concentrating or sustaining focus on a project or organisational task, do experiment by giving this method a go for yourself. Possibly you might have the volume lower than normal, and as the sound is going to provide a natural break after 20 minutes, take a moment 2 stretch your legs and take a few deep breaths before resuming.
Best wishes, Edward