Our scientific methodology
Psychology: a modern science, young, revolutionary. And Psychosomatic: a bridge to medicine, organic localization of our most ancestral “psychological issues.” It is from here that we started in 1980, the year of our founding, when psychology was in its infancy in Italy and specialists in the field were relatively certain of what then were going to propose at the bottom. But since then many years have passed, there have been important applied scientific studies, the working methods have evolved a lot and specialists have gained experience especially important in the clinical setting, that of caring for instance, with the various specializations that have begun to flourish since the early nineties to the present day.
If a time psychology was synonymous with disorder, problem, erectile .. today we are finally coming slowly to a broader understanding of this scientific discipline, which collects not only the field of health but also that of the psychological enhancement, growth of ourselves.
In the collective psychologist and psychotherapist (too often confused with the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst) are sometimes treated as “supporters of the problems of the people”, the “doctors of the mind”, the “healers” of mental illness worrying, when are not perceived themselves as creators of the problems of the people (“one time, made it all by yourself …” you often hear) or professionals altogether irrelevant to the resolution of certain problems of real life.
The truth is that even in this field “technology” goes on and today the psychologist is a well-established reality of Italian society, which often works in synergy with other professionals in the world of schools, courts, companies, companies and sports associations, public and private health facilities, the world of communication. Times have changed and this figure more now responds to a real social need. At the bottom of all our body and our behavior, whether we believe it or not, is moved by the special alchemy of neuronal cells present in our head, which for the complex chemical procedures, hormonal, physiological and biological make up our mind.
All that we accomplish and what we do is the result of our mind, an expression of our deepest desires and “bearer” of complex dynamics often unknown to ourselves, we give it identity, uniqueness and originality … why not. It is in this context that in 2006 we decided with our staff to put together his years of study in the EU Scientific Committee, the years of accumulated experience with over twenty thousand cases resolved in our studies, the training and skills of our multidisciplinary medical specialists, psychologists, speech therapists, osteopaths and fisoterapisti, pharmacologists and laboratory analysts, to get to build and cement the first multidisciplinary team that works together and simultaneously on each individual patient, or to any person to strengthen and train on a psychological level for a specific task on each team. And is in line with this approach that we have adopted a modern psychosomatic model that enshrines all specialties of health, a model to explain the mind-body connections traceable in every form of human disease, whether psychological or medical and that would allow a diagnostic intervention and specialized combined, integrated.
Practically from the very beginning we have built a new diagnostic model through which every patient is “photographed” both from a medical point of view that from a scientific point of view, this combined analysis not only provides a comprehensive approach to the patient, but also represents a fundamental departure and ring junction between the specialists of the team that are from time to time “activated” in the process of recovery or care of the individual. This modern diagnostic methodology was that we call “psychosomatic profile” (see Annex 1) and consists of a series of meetings with polyclinics related analysis tools: a patient, a profile. Mind and body together, forever. And to this diagnostic profile is followed by a treatment plan system, which encompasses the requirements of each specialist involved, a plan for global recovery of the mind and body of the patient. No more divisions among doctors, psychologists, pharmacists, paramedics … therefore, no longer a specialist at the center, but the patient at the center.
Any of us, sooner or later in life, undergoes a medical or psychological disease, difficulties or problems that they “undermine” and influence the effectiveness and stability of psycho-physical harmony, and the lack does not allow us more time to move from one pole to another, from one specialist to another, from one model to another approach. Who makes the cost ourselves.
One patient, a profile psychosomatic, an integrated treatment plan carried out by a team of specialists to herself, a single model of diagnostic analysis and intervention. These are the ingredients of the new formula CENPIS.
All this because in over 25 years of specialized experience we have observed and documented a scientific assumption, which has become for us a real belief, deeply rooted in our minds that whatever we live emotionally, feelings and emotions which we pervade in many moments of our day, they end up in some way on our bodies, and from there to return feedback to our mind, creating a closed circuit that generates positive and negative energies or we perceive as the well-known phenomenon of “stress”. But stress, if it turns out to be positive when managed in a certain way to deal with certain goals, it is also a silent killer that “worn-out” our body and our mind, paving the way for the many forms of disease or ailments which then appear “magically” in our lives. And the vicious circle is strengthened.
Too often they are addressed in a “local” patient demands, and it is only taking into account the totality of the person and of the profound mind-body connection that you can stop the controversial dynamics explicated above. In so doing block the access road to the creation of any form of disease, or they interrupt the progress of creating a turnaround. That leads to healing and a new equilibrium. Because the disease is always the culmination of an imbalance that lasts a long time.
Methodological efforts that we had to make were many: from recruiting specialists motivated and well prepared, with the merger of the respective models of interpretation and intervention, to get to the acquisition of a cohesive mindset synergistic, multi-disciplinary, until the adoption a new mode of “management” of the patient.
But the first 18 cases followed and treated showed a shortening of the recovery time and intensity of the improvements and changes reported nothing short of amazing. And our model is now followed by everyone who comes in our facilities. Each one of us knows when he enters and knows when to quit. Each is supported globally by most specialists who follow a single integrated treatment plan. The first difficulty was no doubt of psychology itself, in the sense that they were the very methods of psychological psychotherapists those “to be lacking” in the delivery of this new service, the weak link of the new holistic approach proposed.
The reason is simple. Psychology is basically a young science, still tied to the strongholds, however, true, as indicated by its founding father Sigmund Freud: the setting well-defined, the specialist-patient relationship completely structured, the use of the word as an instrument of “disturbance” and therefore change. The setting, traditionally represented by the study of the specialist, by us has been redesigned and extended to other environments, often external or of other type, introducing for the first time the method of setting multiple: the variation in other words between classical context and other environments (in which it is placed, either alone or in a group) according to a systematic methodology that supports and struts, the process of change that must be triggered in the person, a “shift” finalized and scheduled patient from one room to another which is based on known principles of psychology environments.
The report specialist – patient, distorted through the adoption of a real “binary” input (ie, the initial profile psychosomatic) includes the patient in a completely new, always going to jointly assess the psychological state and the doctor, the ‘psycho-physical balance overall of the person. The method of the interview, and replaced accompanied by a reactive method of “proof-test” reactions that stimulate new and more effective response to the vicissitudes of the individual who has been faced with, flanked to the programmed rotation of therapists, absolutely new technique in our field.
The second difficulty to be overcome was represented instead by the medical component, which Formamentis and mentality is used to “steer” the patient to cure a default often little “interacted” with the patient, very specialized but that did not take account of the psychological process that person goes through at any given time and how it itself “plays and equips meaning of” therapy given by the doctor. Not to forget the differences in beliefs between scientific specialists in the medical field are very different depending on their field of specialization.
Eventually, after about two years of work, we were not able to make a real integration not only between “current” psychological, but especially among the medical and psychological world, recovering the unity of mind and body that we are firm supporters. Our staff have been working in synergy and have overcome the traditional divisions between two “environments” as opposed to scientific. We have built a unique method of analysis and intervention, which allows to approach our patients in a synergistic way, global, fast and very effective.
We are going forward though. Not only we are including a new specialized branches of the second level, but we’re also trying to “export” our working model in structures related to us, our partners: clinics, associations, companies, schools.
It is clear that the methodologies differ in translating from one environment to another, but the principle that underlies it is always the same: the patient at the center, not the specialist. It has been already too many years to continue to keep a useless and dysfunctional division between methodological and scientific medicine and psychology, between the world of the mind and world of the body. It was time to change, and we did it. Putting into question and choosing the right people to do it, they believed in our project of innovation.
But we also talked about in the title of a new management model in the field of health. Well actually is so, because after the above, the next step was inevitably the adoption of a management mentality different, both in regards to the patient that the specialist.
Every freelancer staff is continually supported in the process of self-evaluation and improvement of the methodologies used in the continuous and objective monitoring of the changes reported by the patient (also in order to guide ongoing treatment), the scientific study of the mind-body correlations via via emerge during the recovery process: it is called dynamic treatment process. It allows constant adaptation of the procedures terapici with the changing of the psycho-physical state of the person followed.
From the management point of view the change is huge because the patient becomes an active part of the process of change-recovery-care, enters into genuine relationship with all members of staff and feels guaranteed globally in all aspects of his health.
The same person is motivated to respond to multiple specialists that support and encourage him, in front of which, however, he also takes responsibility for the success of the final outcome. A real project of restoration and development of the potential carried out jointly between staff and patient, and carried out by both.
I think this is also one of the secrets of our formula: a “dialogue” open, stable and continuous basis with people who come to us.