Experiential Unity Theory and Model was devised to address the current concerns dominating the field of group therapy and individual counseling. It is vital that any healing modality address the root of the distress being presented. More and more clients are disconnected from their souls, and that is the principal cause of the levels of depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, anger, and other symptoms that are evident at disturbing levels in society today. Treatments from a cognitive behavioral perspective have a tendency to intellectualize clients’ experiences and therefore may present barriers to the necessary soul-based healing. The Experiential Unity Theory and Model is integrative, it includes the mind, body, spirit, and emotions in its treatment and therefore is able to provide a healing milieu whereby clients can address the core of their problems and heal fully.
This approach to group work is worth taking a look at. It is a strength-focused model that incorporates the whole person and gets right to the essential issues while being efficient with group time. As a group facilitator using these tools I found it effective and honoring of clients' experiences. The use of body movement in group is also an essential element that helps the transformation process.
— Michael Koo, MA, Registered Clinical Counselor
Alyson Quinn has put together a therapeutic technique which can help people to find their authenticity and live their lives free of the life imposed upon them by authority figures. By confronting the issues in a caring group setting true healing of one's life can occur and the mind, body, and spirit all benefit from the change.
— Bernie Siegel M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing
Experiential Unity Theory—AKA Soul Theory—allows the clients to transcend the confines of their intellects and go to deeper ground where profound change can take place. Quinn offers therapists and clients creative tools for uniting their psyche with their soul. An essential element if authentic transformation is to take place in the individual. Grounded in the roots of Jung, Erickson, R.D. Laing, Satir, and most importantly the traditional knowledge of First peoples, Experiential Unity Theory is a necessity for any group therapist who knows the habituated ways of doing group therapy are not leading to substantial change for the client.
— Crystal Allinott, MSW, Psychotherapist
How to unlock the body, mind, and emotions that have been frozen in depression, anxiety or other maladies? Alyson Quinn has found the way through movement, yoga, music, and self reflection. Her book describes a brilliant and holistic way to provide integrative healing.
— Cris Boyd, M.Ed., Registered Clinical Counselor
List of illustrations
Chapter 1 A brief history of group therapy
Chapter 2 Cultural influences impacting healing
Chapter 3 Bridging Indigenous and Western healers
Chapter 4 Experiential Unity theory and model
Chapter 5 Facilitator skills and complementary components of the model
Chapter 6 Examples of other tools and process
Chapter 7 Conclusion
About the Author
About the Author:
Alyson Quinn practices as a counselor and group therapist in Vancouver, Canada.