Creative consulting: germinating recovery. What is a healing response?
Continuing his series on improving your consulting skills, David Reilly explores “reverse engineering”
This series aims to enable your therapeutic effectiveness. Combine that with your technical training and you will be doubly effective in helping your patients. So far, we have considered some reasons for doing this,1 and looked at creating the right conditions for the work to begin.2 Now we will take a first look at what is possible. Here we explore how patients with severe neuropathic pain and chronic distress, which were unresponsive to technical treatments and drugs, go on to be triggered into a rapid resolution of their distress by effective caring. Such self healing responses, however triggered, show some common characteristics--they are a final common pathway in all successful care--and recognising this is an essential foundation for our inquiry.
So let us meet Graham and learn from his experience of recovery, trying to figure out what helped him and so what might help others. We will begin with his