Psychotherapist, Yisroel Roll, Rocks the World of Psychology with the Discovery of Conscious Therapy–the Unified Master Theory of Everything in Mental Wellness

A new therapeutic approach which merges the four existing main approaches to psychotherapy, namely, psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral and existential, into one holistic approach called Conscious Therapy.

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BALTIMORE (PRWEB) July 30, 2018

In a ground-breaking new book, Conscious-the Art of Being, psychotherapist and motivational speaker, Yisroel Roll, unveils Conscious Therapy, the Unified Master Theory of Everything in Psychotherapy. Innovative, life-enhancing, and scientifically tested, Roll’s new therapeutic approach merges the four existing main approaches to psychotherapy, namely, psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral and existential, into one holistic approach called Conscious Therapy. This new approach to therapy and self-knowledge reveals the driving force of personality, called “consciousness,” which is achieved through self-understanding, selfhood and identity formation.

This book is for the general public, psychotherapists, social workers, and educators, and will help readers discover:

  • Who you are
  • Your core self
  • Your core values
  • How to access your subconscious-mind, at will
  • How to heal the unfinished business and unresolved issues of your childhood
  • How to heal from emotional pain and move on with your life
  • Serenity
  • How to ground and center yourself when you are faced with a life challenge
  • How to self-actualize and achieve your potential

Conscious Therapy comprises a seven-step experiential therapeutic system which establishes the “Conscious Self” through awareness of the cognitive, emotional and behavioral dimensions of “self,” as follows:

1. Wheel of Strengths—Cognitive awareness of the clients’ intellect, social skills, character traits, spirituality, family contribution and personal growth.
2. Soul State—an emotional guided imagery experience which places the client in a holistic, positive frame of experiencing the “self.”
3. Circle of Control—a behavioral awareness of what the client can do to respond to stimuli and events which are outside her locus of control, by accessing those thoughts, actions, words and reactions, which are inside the client’s locus of control.

Defending the Conscious Self from Cognitive and Emotional Attacks:

4. Thought Highway—Client practices a mindfulness technique to recognize and allow negative thoughts to pass like trucks on a highway.
5. Becoming aware of Cognitive Distortions and replacing the distorted thinking with a positive mantra or affirmation
6. Inner Child—Becoming aware of and healing the emotional pain, and unfinished business of childhood emotional pain so that the Inner Child no longer controls the Adult Self.

Choosing Love over Fear; Achieving Consciousness by Choosing to Operate with Free Will
7. Client chooses the approach of self-love and validation over the paralyzing fear of anxiety.

The interactive strategies and techniques presented to the client require him to perform daily homework journaling exercises.

The book includes a study which examines the impact of Conscious Therapy on clients suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. A sample of 30 patients who are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder were selected to receive bi-weekly sessions of Conscious Therapy over a period of five months, for a total of ten sessions. For data collection The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) and the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale were used. The results indicated that those patients who performed the weekly homework of Conscious Therapy during and between therapy sessions, reduced their self-reported anxiety symptoms by 3-81%. Those patients who did not perform the weekly Conscious Therapy homework did not reduce their anxiety symptoms.

The study’s major findings revealed that adherence to a program designed to increase consciousness was a predictor of reduced anxiety and better interpersonal functioning. Consciousness of a client’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral dimensions leads to “selfhood.” When a client discovers a sense of “self,” she can more readily cope with and handle a presenting challenge by marshalling her cognitive, emotional and behavioral strengths to solve or to cope with the challenge; this reduces the anxiety attendant upon the stressful process of dealing with a psychosocial stressor.

Physicists have been seeking the Theory of Everything (ToE) in Physics (also known as the Grand United Theory, Final Theory, Ultimate Theory, or Master Theory) which is a hypothetical single, all-encompassing, coherent theoretical framework of physics that fully explains and links together all physical aspects of the universe. One of the major unsolved problems in physics, scientists are now trying to find the underlying Theory of Everything to combine General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory into one unifying theory.

The author suggests that Conscious Therapy is the Theory of Everything in psychotherapy because it is an all-encompassing Experiential/Gestalt therapeutic approach which teaches a client about “selfhood” and the components of self, namely his mind, feelings and actions. The feelings are the central, driving force of personality, and Conscious Therapy guides a client to make a “conscious choice” between reacting with an instinctive, impulsive body response, or, reacting with a mind-based, thoughtful, cognitive response. Conscious Therapy helps a client access the “self” or “I,” in order to direct the “me,” and to react to the crisis or challenge in a conscious, healthy manner, thus reducing anxiety that is usually associated with dealing with stressful situations.

The book is an outgrowth of Yisroel Roll’s twenty years of individual and group counseling experience.

Twelve Boys and a Coach

Twelve Boys and a Coach

Rabbi Yisroel Roll

The Talmud teaches: Difficulty comes into the world only on Israel’s account. Yevamot 63a

What does this mean? Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, war, Chilean miners lost underground, and 12 boys and their coach lost in a cave in Thailand, all happen in order to teach the Jewish People about our destiny and how to grow in our collective and individual consciousness.

Over the past three weeks, the world has been gripped by the poignant and miraculous story of Twelve Thai boys, aged 11-16, from the Wild Boars soccer team, who were lost in a perilous underground cave for 10 days, until they were discovered and rescued by a international team of Navy Seal divers. As part of a soccer morale-building exercise, the Twelve boys were led by their 25 year old coach into the Tham Luang cave in Northern Thailand when it was relatively dry, as had been done by many teens before them. It was a rite of passage. They planned to write their names on a wall deep in the cave and then make their way out and back home.

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While the group was in the cave, monsoon rains filled the cave with flood waters, blocking their escape. They moved further into the cave until they were lodged 1.8 miles into the long cave, where they found an air pocket and a land ledge. There they waited in darkness with scarce food, depleting oxygen, and drinking rain water dripping from the cave walls, until they were miraculously found alive by British Navy seals on Day 10 of their ordeal. It would take a further 7 day complicated, sophisticated international team effort to extract them from the cave, and return them to their parents.

The Gemara in Yevamot is teaching us that God is “saying something” to the Jewish People though this ‘story.’ What is that message?

The Twelve Boys and their Coach, sound coincidentally similar to the Twelve Tribes, led by their father Yaakov, embarked on a journey into the darkness of Egypt, in search of food during a famine in Canaan. Soon they became enslaved in darkness, eating scarce rations, and prayed for redemption.   It is in this fiery furnace of slavery that they were forged into a nation through the horrifying crucible of Egyptian depravity, which matured their national character into greater sensitivity to the plight of others, humbled, compassionate and givers of kindness. As the Talmud teaches, This nation is distinguished by three characteristics: They are merciful, humble and benevolent. ‘Merciful’, for it is written, And show you mercy, and have compassion upon you and multiply you. ‘Humble’, for it is written, That His fear may be before you. ‘Benevolent’, for it is written, That he may command his children and his household, that they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice. Yevamot 79a

It is the appreciation for life itself, the air we breathe and the water we drink, that God is “speaking to us” and reminding us to prioritize an appreciation of our very lives. It is through a personal ordeal that we are reminded of our own vulnerability and how, when others show us kindness, and we are redeemed, that we need to become even more sensitized to the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves.

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While escaping the rising flood waters in the cave, the Twelve Boys and their Coach were saved by venturing deeper and deeper into the 1.8 mile cave by finding a dry ledge amidst the rising flood waters. On their way out of Egypt the Twelve Tribes, now forged into a nation, and their leader Moshe, walked through the sea, as the Torah states,   But the Children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Exodus 14:29. In life we have to seek an island of faith when faced with turbulent waters that threaten to engulf us physically and emotionally.  It is the seeking of the solid ground of faithfulness to God, the Reliable Ledge upon which we take refuge, that can redeem us from the turbulent waters of crisis.

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The operation to save the Twelve Boys and their Coach was perilous and impossible. On their way out of the cave there were places that the boys had to squeeze through passageways which were only 40 centimeters wide. King David, expresses what they must have felt, when he said, From the narrow straits I did call upon God; God answered me with expansiveness. (Tehillim 118:5) When in darkness, there is only one address to Whom to turn. This is the address of bitachon-the certainty of God’s Attention, as the Torah teaches us, But you have the LORD taken and brought forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be unto Him a People of inheritance, as you are this day. Devarim 4:20.

During the extraction of the boys from the cave, two Navy Seal divers accompanied each boy as they swam, dived, hiked and climbed toward their destination. The Talmud (Shabbat 119a) states that every Friday night there are two angels who accompany a person, on the way home from shul. One who encourages his growth, and the other who attempts to persuade him to remain as he is. Through the message of the Thailand boys, God is asking us to choose which direction we want to follow: growth or status quo.

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Judaism is not a religion; rather it is a system for personal growth. Prayer is really self-reflection and self knowledge; Shabbat is a time to reconnect with values and to restore relationships with family and the Creator; Torah study is focused on character development and personal growth by learning to walk in God’s ways, by emulating God’s  leadership, compassion, empathy, giving, truth, consistency, creativity, patience, forgiveness and reliance.

 

 

Perhaps the darkness of the Thailand cave ordeal itself and the meaningful lessons learned because of it, make us realize that the darkness really is light. And when we seek “redemption” we become conscious that the pain of the ordeal is itself the redemption, when we learn to grow in character from the experience, as the Vilna Gaon teaches that the purpose of life is to grow in character and to become the best person I can become.

 

Rabbi Yisroel Roll is a motivational speaker and a psychotherapist in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of Conscious-the Art of Being; and Like Yourself and your Spouse Will Too. He can be reached at yisroelroll@gmail.com

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