Peak States® Therapy
Healing subcellular disorders and prenatal trauma
Nov 15, 2014
All Institute certified Peak States Therapists adhere to an ethical code that includes only 'charging for results'. This means that these therapists will set a price and write a short agreement on what results the client expects from treatment; if this agreement is not met, there is no charge. This approach is nearly unique in the field of healthcare - but we hope our example will, over time, be picked up by others in this field. These Institute certified therapists can be found in our directory; you'll also find their certification icon (shown to the right) on their websites and brochures.
'Peak States Therapy' is the trademarked name of a set of techniques is used by Institute certified, private-practice therapists all over the world. These therapists treat psychological and physical problems that range from emotional trauma and PTSD to more physical issues like dizziness and withdrawal; and the range of problems that these therapists treat increases all the time. They also work with exceptional states of consciousness ("peak states"); and 'spiritual emergencies' that involve experiences outside our cultural norms.
There are two very different types of treatments available for clients. The www.PeakStatesTherapy.com website was written specifically for the layperson looking for help, and describes many of the illnesses or problems that certified, private practice therapists treat. Our Institute clinics are quite different - they offer treatments for more specialized diseases or conditions. Our clinic website www.PeakStatesClinics.com describes these treatments; the list changes over time as we add new ones, and take ones off as shift them to the private practice certified therapists.
Subcellular damage and Peak States Therapy
Psychological symptoms are caused by disease or damage inside the cells themselves ("subcellular psychobiology"). Fortunately, there exist psychological-like techniques - ones that don't use drugs or physical interventions - that will repair subcellular damage and eliminate client symptoms. Peak States Therapy is the name of the collection of techniques that repair different types of subcellular damage that are responsible for these problems.
The theory behind these techniques is quite fascinating. If you'd like a brief overview of the various biological models we've developed, you might be interested in the slide show from an ISEEEM conference presentation Dr. McFetridge did in 2010. If you are interested in learning more in-depth material, we refer you to our Peak States of Consciousness textbooks, the Whole-Hearted Healing manuals, and our new Subcellular Psychobiology Diagnosis Handbook; the back cover contents are shown on our bookstore webpage, and it has links to Amazon where you can 'search inside the book' to get a feel for the contents.
Developmental psychobiology and Peak States Therapy
Although we often heal certain problems by repairing current subcellular damage, sometimes disease or damage in the cell in the present needs to be repaired by healing traumatic experiences from the past. Like building a house, if one doesn't pour the foundation properly, over time the house settles or even collapses; our cells are also like this. Surprisingly, major psychological problems and diseases exist because of damage at key moments in prenatal development that are the same for everyone. (For example, conception, implantation, and so on.) But how could a person ever access these developmental moments? After all, most of us can't even remember what we had for breakfast! Fortunately, in 1998 we solved this problem. By using our Whole-Hearted Healing regression technique in combination with what we call 'Gaia instructions' and 'Gaia music', we trigger a person into re-experiencing targeted prenatal events. Once their traumatic feelings come to the surface, they are repaired with any standard trauma technique.
Although it takes years of research and testing to develop a treatment for any particular disease process, once the biology is solved, we can make simple psychological-like processes that can be used by therapists in their offices. For example, we routinely use this approach for such problems as brain injury, schizophrenic voices, CFS, ADD, and a host of other psychological or physical issues. Research never stops - we continue to develop treatments for new diseases all the time.
Peak States Therapy works with both subcellular damage and with prenatal trauma (especially pre- and perinatal developmental stage trauma) from fetal and what are called 'cellular memories'; thus, it is best described as a 'subcellular and developmental psychobiology' approach to healing.
Acquiring 'peak states' of consciousness
The same techniques we use to eliminate disorders and diseases of the cell can also be applied to giving people unusually positive states of being - what we call 'peak states'. Thus, these certified therapists tend to wear two hats - one to help suffering clients, and a different one to bring a client into a stable peak state of consciousness.
How does this work? Throughout history, a number of spiritual and shamanic techniques have been developed to momentarily move into peak states of consciousness or acquire unusual abilities. Our approach is radically different - rather than trying to learn or develop these unusual states, we discovered that we could eliminate trauma that blocks these natural states and abilities. Thus, our approach tends to make the states relatively permanent without any subsequent effort. And since this particular type of trauma happens at only a few distinct moments in development, what we call 'key developmental events', it means we can target different states of consciousness with processes that work the same for everyone.
To demonstrate the principles, we've included a video that puts about 1/3 of people who use it into a peak state we call 'inner peace'. In this state, all of a person's trauma suddenly no longer feels traumatic. And it stays that way. In essence, it shuts off all of your usual trauma 'triggers' that cause you, your colleagues and your loved ones so much distress.
Therapist training at the Institute
Over the years, as we've slowly worked out our biological models and techniques, we've also been training therapists. In particular, we've had the good fortune of attracting cutting-edge therapists who were looking for better tools to help their clients. Some of these people have continued on to volunteer at the Institute in our research and clinics. In the last few years, we've started to see a different group of students - usually in their twenties, they were searching for someone who could actually explain how psychology, medicine, spirituality and biology all tie together. These people are a joy to work with; and will probably help bring this material to the world in the decades to come.
Unlike most organizations, we try to discourage therapists from attending our trainings. This is because we are primarily interested in therapists who will put in the effort to become certified; which also means that they will adhere to our 'charge for results' ethical standard. We also have prospective students do three sessions with a certified therapist just to get personal experience in what they will be learning. If the prospective student is motivated enough to get through all our discouragements, we usually end up having a lot of fun during the training as they master this new way of working with clients.
How did Peak States Therapy evolve?
Peak States Therapy evolved in the late 1990s from our Whole-Hearted Healing (WHH) regression technique for trauma healing. After WHH was developed, over time we kept finding exceptions, where the technique had to be modified to eliminate the particular symptom or problem. It wasn't until around 2003 that we finally realized that these 'special cases' as we called them were actually different kinds of subcellular problems that had to be healed differently because they involved totally different subcellular structures.
The other thread to this story was our work with peak states of consciousness. By 1998 we realized that (most) peak states were blocked by trauma at key developmental events in early development. Over years of work, we slowly worked out techniques that could actually give people targeted peak states. But by 2005 we realized that, except for particular research or therapist issues, the clients really wanted to have a peak experience turned into a permanent state - they were not satisfied by a state from a list; instead they wanted the one they had already experienced in their life.
By 2005 or so we formalized the name 'peak states therapy' for the collection of different techniques we'd developed for peak states, trauma, and various subcellular problems. By 2006 we started certifying therapists in our techniques, partly as a way to identify those therapists who were willing to abide by our 'charge for results' ethical requirement for all client billing. In the fall of 2012, we introduced a website just for clients of these certified therapists, so that clients could read about what they do, and find certified therapists they felt a connection with.
Because of safety issues, we did not publish our work in subcellular psychobiology until 2014. This led to some rather confusing website pages as we tried to talk about what we did, both at the private therapist level and our Institute clinic level, without actually explaining the biological basis behind our work. It is with quite a sense of relief that we can finally go back and rewrite sections of our websites to include this key biology in our text!
- Peak States of Consciousness, Volume 1: Breaththrough Techniques for Exceptional Quality of Life (2004) by Dr. Grant McFetridge et al. This book introduces the concept of a 'peak state'; and also has chapters from other technique developers with different approaches. Available on Amazon in English or Polish.
- Peak States of Consciousness, Volume 2: Acquiring Extraordinary Spiritual and Shamanic States (2008) by Dr. Grant McFetridge and Wes Gietz. This book covers the developmental events relevant to peak states, and the problems that can occur when regressing to some of them. Available on Amazon.
- Subcellular Psychobiology Diagnosis Handbook: Subcellular Causes of Psychological Symptoms (2014) by Grant McFetridge Ph.D. This handbook for practicing therapists covers various subcellular disorders that clients have (or get triggered into by doing therapy or spiritual practices). Available on Amazon.
Links to relevant Institute website pages
- Peak States Institute's School for therapist training.
- "Understanding Peak States"; including an index of states.
- About the "Pay for Results" principle.
- Certified therapist website.
- Institute clinics website.
- Institute blog - it contains stories about our research and work.
Peak States®, Peak States® Therapy, Whole-Hearted Healing®, and Gaia Music™ are trademarks of the Institute for the Study of Peak States.
Nov 15, 2014: Entirely rewritten webpage.