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The Thrive Programme Explained

The Thrive Programme is an evidence-based psycho-educational programme that is designed to provide those following the course with a sophisticated degree of insight and understanding about the nature of internal values and beliefs, and how those beliefs can act like a ‘lens’ on the way the external world is perceived.

Because our experience of the world is largely interpreted through these core beliefs, unhelpful & distorted beliefs can often result in our life experiences being tinged with negativity and self-limitation. Thrive aims to ‘uncover’ these cognitive distortions and then develop new more useful beliefs and strategies through a range of proven techniques and exercises.

Thrive uses a ‘workbook’ which offers a road map for change over a 6 to 10 week period, during which time people engage with the process in both a generic and highly individualised way to bring about lasting change.

What is the Thrive Programme?


The Thrive is a programme for Changing Limiting Beliefs where a belief is any set of values or perceptual models that help us make sense of the ‘real world’ around us.

Limiting Beliefs are those specific beliefs that might seem to make sense, but actually limit a person’s ability to get on with life, in the Thrive Programme these are called ‘core’ limiting beliefs and include the Locus of Control, Self-Esteem and Social Pressure – or Social Anxiety.

It’s a training programme that teaches people how to overcome their problems, symptoms, health-issues and other hurdles in their lives, by managing their thoughts, beliefs, emotions and Unhelpful Thinking Styles more effectively.

The Thrive Programme – Formulation


A ‘formulation’, is a scientific or psychological explanation – a formula – that describes how a certain process works.

It is useful for us to have a formula for Changing Limiting Beliefs, for two reasons:

  1. It helps us, the Thrive Consultants, to keep our efforts focused on what is going to help you our clients to achieve your particular goals.
  2. It will help us to gain more credibility and acceptance for The Thrive Programme in the wider psychological community.

Research shows that most – if not all – illnesses, anxieties, depressive disorders, habits, phobias, fears, immune system issues etc. have a cognitive (or thinking) component to them.

That is to say that the severity of the distress caused by the illness or symptom, the depth of anguish and pain or discomfort experienced by the sufferer, and even the actual illness or symptom itself, may be caused, prolonged or made worse by the way the sufferer thinks and feels about it.

Thrive Programme – Methodology


Research also shows us that people will only invest their energy, time and commitment to achieving a goal – any goal – once they BELIEVE that their efforts will be successful.

The Thrive programme is a process that allows a person – through guided self-awareness exercises – to understand that they CAN overcome their problems, symptoms, health-issues and other hurdles, by recognising how their own thoughts and beliefs were either causing or contributing to the problems in the first place.

Once the person can clearly identify that their problems are caused (or contributed-to) by them not managing their thinking very well, and they are shown some simple, understandable and predictable techniques that they can use to change their limiting beliefs, they will put in massive and determined effort to achieve their goals because they believe they will be successful.

The above formulation is very similar to a number of other formulas – namely that of CBT.

The main difference between the Thrive programme and CBT, is THRIVE’s huge emphasis on the person KNOWING and UNDERSTANDING how their mind and body interact:

  • How your cognitive processes work,
  • How your belief systems are formed,
  • How your personality type and thinking styles interact together
  • How your three main limiting belief systems hold you back in life, and
  • Why your sense of power or control over external events has such a big impact upon you!

In short: when a person can fully comprehend how they created a problem, they can “un-create” it.

It is because people following the Thrive programme are helped to attain this high degree of self-awareness, that they are able to clearly see what they need to do in order to ‘get better’, and why they are then also willing to put in as much effort as is required.

Overview of the Thrive Programme

The following is “typical” schedule for my programme but I will always tailor the programme so that it is delivered at a pace consistent with each individual client’s ability to assimilate the programme.

  • Stage 1 –  A Question of Belief
  • Stage 2 –  Psychological Foundations
  • Stage 3 –  How Powerful Do You Feel?
  • Stage 4 –  How Do You Feel About Yourself?
  • Stage 5 –  How Do You Respond to Social Pressures?
  • Stage 6 –  Unhelpful Thinking Styles
  • Stage 7 –  Mind Your Language
  • Stage 8 –  Anxiety & Stress
  • Stage 9 –  Thriving
  • Stage 10 – Review

FREE Initial Consultations

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about the Thrive Programme and how it works. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

At TranceForm we believe that therapy & counselling should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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