Getting at the Roots
I first tried the MAP Method™ to address the subconscious roots of my food sensitivities and autoimmune symptoms.
I was so impressed with the results after six sessions that I sought out MAP training, so I could offer it to others.
What is the MAP Method?
In MAP sessions, I gently guide your superconscious mind to release the charge from painful memories that you may or may not actively remember. These charged memories can keep our nervous and immune systems on high alert and manifest as mental, emotional, or physical difficulties. MAP helps neutralize these memories to restore ease and vitality.
The MAP Method™ is based on Process Healing, a technique created by Dr. Garry Flint to help his psychotherapy clients resolve and integrate trauma parts. Colette and Valentin Streicher systematized Process Healing and called it the MAP Method™, since the technique seemed to Make Anything Possible and allow clients to Manifest All Possibilities.
There are other excellent techniques with similar end goals–hypnosis, EMDR, tapping, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and the Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS), to name a few–though I have found MAP to be gentler, easier, and faster than these methods. I believe directly engaging your own superconscious mind in the healing process is the key to MAP’s effectiveness and efficiency.
In a MAP session, you remain fully conscious and in control, but your experience is more like guided meditation than talk therapy; you don’t need to talk at length or consciously dig for painful memories. In fact, it is important to note that MAP is not therapy. Rather, it is a process by which your own mind works to resolve subconscious blocks, while I provide guidance and hold space.
I conduct MAP sessions via Zoom or phone.
Learn More about MAP
Neuroscience Theory of MAP
Learn about how the MAP Method™ takes advantage of the “window of reconsolidation,” in which painful or traumatic memories can be updated to remove negative emotions.
Watch a MAP
Get a sense of what a session is like in this video, where MAP founder Colette Streicher works with a client to neutralize the emotion around a painful event quickly and gently.
MAP and Autoimmune
Hear from a MAP client and practitioner about her experience with changes in her autoimmune symptoms, including insomnia, hair loss, fatigue, rashes and joint pain.
I’m a community acupuncturist with a PhD in Economics; I’m analytical and intuitive, a thinker and a healer. As a certified MAP Method™ practitioner, I use these skills to tailor sessions to your unique needs.
For years, I struggled with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a painful autoimmune condition that went undiagnosed for a decade. Committed to avoiding medication for as long as I could, I eventually found that acupuncture, special diets, and supplements helped, but I was frustrated with ongoing pain and food restrictions. After making substantial headway with an AS coach who focused on the mind-body connection, I became convinced that addressing subconscious sources of stress was the next step.
My search for the best way to work with subconscious blocks and traumas led me to MAP Method™ practitioner Madeleine Lowry. After six 90-minute sessions over three months, I was able to expand my diet and my average pain levels dropped by at least 50 percent. For years, I dismissed the idea that my physical symptoms might have a psychological component, but now I understand just how integrated our body-minds are. Learn more about my experience with MAP on this podcast episode.
I conduct MAP sessions via Zoom or phone.
Sessions and Fees
Full MAP Session | 75 min | $80: A full session allows us to explore an issue or several related issues in depth. A series of 6-8 full sessions are a good choice for working with long-standing patterns or physical issues.
Mini-MAP Session | 45 min | $50: A mini session is a great choice for addressing a specific, recent stressor.
Session Packages: Please contact me for discounts on scheduling multiple sessions.
First Session: In the intro session, we will spend about 15 minutes teaching your superconscious mind how to use the process. In this session, it is often helpful to choose a discrete emotional issue to neutralize, so that you are able to track the progress and observe how MAP works. If you are booking for the first time, I will be in touch shortly after you sign up with additional details.
Financial Hardship: If you are not in a position to pay the full amount, please contact me for options.
The MAP process gently rewires your brain to remove the charge from painful conscious or unconscious memories. Traumatic memories–even “little-t traumas”–can result in once-adaptive behaviors that are no longer advantageous. Like other methods that address trauma, the MAP process leaves the memories intact but removes the emotional charge that can cause fight-or-flight or freeze responses. This frees up energy and allows us to live with more ease and flexibility.
Receiving a MAP session feels something like a guided meditation. Sessions are held by phone or videoconference, and we usually start with a brief discussion of subjects you’d like to work on. After that, you will spend most of the session relaxed and with your eyes closed, passively observing thoughts or sensations as I guide your superconscious mind through the treatment process. Unlike hypnosis, you are fully conscious throughout the session. I will occasionally ask you for feedback to help direct the session in the most useful way for you.
It’s not necessary to enter a hypnotic or trance state during MAP sessions. You remain fully conscious and in control throughout the session. Your superconscious mind will not carry out instructions that are perceived as unsafe.
It’s not necessary to remember all your past experiences or traumas for the MAP process to work. It is helpful to be able to feel into recent difficulties or triggers, but the mind is capable of finding related memories without bringing them into our conscious awareness. I appreciated this aspect of MAP because I often have a hard time remembering past experiences on command.
We use the term “superconscious” to refer to the part of our mind that remembers all our past experiences but does not feel pain or become traumatized. What we call superconscious here may overlap with what is called Self in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model or what some people call Higher Self. Having a name for this aspect of ourselves facilitates the treatment process, but the word used is probably not all that important.
When we use the word “trauma” in the MAP process, we are not necessarily referring to a major external stressor, like violence or sudden loss. Any experience can cause trauma if the one experiencing it perceives it as a threat and has not developed coping skills, which is common when we are young or when the experience is novel. Through nature or nurture, some nervous systems are also wired to perceive threats more readily. For example, it’s possible to have a low score on the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) inventory, a common proxy for amount of trauma experienced in childhood, and still have trauma responses. The MAP process helps to reduce the pain and emotional charge of traumatic memories while leaving the content of the memories intact. This allows us to respond more appropriately and creatively to experiences that may have triggered fight-or-flight or freeze responses in the past.
The MAP process involves teaching your own superconscious mind a process to slowly and safely neutralize painful memories, and your superconscious will only do this when all parts of your personality are on board. Occasionally, aspects of your personality may object to working with a particular set of memories, and practitioners will not override these objections, though we do encourage your parts to consider the benefits of treatment. In this way, you–including unconscious aspects of your personality–are in control and respected throughout the treatment process.
Clients sometimes experience discomfort from “parts waking up” during sessions, but it can usually be moderated using the MAP process or by adjusting the rate of treatment. If you have any concerns or if you have a history of relatively severe trauma, I recommend working with a licensed mental health professional. If you are unsure, feel free to contact me with questions.
When I was investigating MAP and trying to decide whether to invest in yet another approach, I appreciated listening to Madeleine Lowry’s Flourish with Neural Retraining podcast, where she interviews clients and other MAP practitioners about their experiences.
The MAP Coaching Institute YouTube channel also has a number of short videos with FAQs, demo sessions, and client success stories.
Garry Flint’s book on Process Healing, which is the basis for the MAP Method, provides a thorough–if dense–presentation of the theory and practice, and the first three chapters are available online for free.
Questions about MAP? Can’t find a time that works for you? Send me a note here or at helenscharber.map [at] gmail.com and I’ll be in touch soon.