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The 7 Level
Model
A brief introduction …
Mark Stancombe, Psychotherapist & Counsellor
mstancombe@move-forward.org
• Like a map that can assist a therapist when a complex
territory is being travelled with the client, involving the
experi...
• NOT Hierarchical. No level is higher or more important
• A healthy human-being will be functioning well on all 7
levels ...
Note: not hierarchical
• The person as a body with biological, physical, visceral
and sensational experience, temperament, body type &
predisposi...
• The person as a mammal
• Essentially pre-verbal experience & activity
• Focus on bonding, attachment, nursing, deprivati...
• The person as a Primate. The awareness & labelling of
experiences and the validation of experience through naming
• Inte...
• The person as a social animal
• Refers to norms, values, collective belief systems, societal
expectations
• How we asses...
• The person as a thinker
• Making sense of things
• Examining cause & effect, frames of reference, facts
• Integrative Ap...
• The person as a Storyteller
• Making sense of experience through symbolism, story and
metaphor
• The theories/stories a ...
• The person as a Spiritual Being
• Beyond the rational, beyond facts
• Dreams, the mystical, religion, the spiritual
• Ex...
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  1. 1. The 7 Level Model A brief introduction … Mark Stancombe, Psychotherapist & Counsellor mstancombe@move-forward.org
  2. 2. • Like a map that can assist a therapist when a complex territory is being travelled with the client, involving the experiences that each bring into the room • A guide only • Not directive. Not defining the route therapy should take • Not intended to dictate direction • Aims to provide a holistic view of a person • It is an integrative concept of the whole person • Can assist with guiding a therapist in ordering, prioritizing and/or including a wide range of interventions that can complement or extend their usual range
  3. 3. • NOT Hierarchical. No level is higher or more important • A healthy human-being will be functioning well on all 7 levels [biological at least as important as any other level*] * Both Maslow and Rogers started from the medical position around the fundamental needs of an organism [water, food, warmth, etc.]
  4. 4. Note: not hierarchical
  5. 5. • The person as a body with biological, physical, visceral and sensational experience, temperament, body type & predispositions • Concerns body processes, sleep, food, physical symptoms of disease, physical manifestation of anxiety, sensory awareness • Integrative Approaches: - Working with the body, conditioning, desensitisation, breathing, relaxation Gestalt techniques for enhancing sensory awareness
  6. 6. • The person as a mammal • Essentially pre-verbal experience & activity • Focus on bonding, attachment, nursing, deprivation • Experiencing and expressing • Integrative Approaches: - Working with the fear, anger, sadness, joy, rage, despair Working towards a Cathartic release of emotion Repressed emotion from childhood?
  7. 7. • The person as a Primate. The awareness & labelling of experiences and the validation of experience through naming • Integrative Approaches: - Reframing Making overt the covert Top Dog / Underdog [Gestalt]* Archetypes [Jung]* Sub-Personalities [Assagioli]* Parent Adult Child [Transactional Analysis]* * All provide ‘labels’ that can help the client’s understanding
  8. 8. • The person as a social animal • Refers to norms, values, collective belief systems, societal expectations • How we assess some of our ‘oughts’ • How we do things, what things mean in our culture • Integrative Approaches: - Looking at the appropriateness, usefulness and application of these norms for the client in specific circumstances* * The stiff-upper lip norm of the White British male * Apartheid norm of white South Africa Child development work & normal developmental needs
  9. 9. • The person as a thinker • Making sense of things • Examining cause & effect, frames of reference, facts • Integrative Approaches: - Those focusing on ‘Insight’.. Addressing Contaminations [Decontaminating in TA] such as Parent prejudices & beliefs or child magical thinking… Cognitive re-framing [CBT]
  10. 10. • The person as a Storyteller • Making sense of experience through symbolism, story and metaphor • The theories/stories a client has created to explain why things are as they are • Integrative Approaches: - Parental messages given or reinforced at a pre-verbal stage [TA] Development of self – denied, repressed, disowned, split-off, [Jung]
  11. 11. • The person as a Spiritual Being • Beyond the rational, beyond facts • Dreams, the mystical, religion, the spiritual • Experience that is surreal, transcendent • Integrative Approaches: - Dreams, symbols, archetypes [Jung] Transpersonal Psychotherapy Gestalt
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