At my core, I am an interactive holistic therapist who focuses on solutions. Using a blend of conventional and alternative healing methods, I help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns.
Although my foundation is built on strong science and traditional medicine, my life experience has led me down alternative and holistic paths toward healing. As a psychotherapist diagnosed with Melanoma in July of 2012, the discovery of research supporting emotional approaches to healing cancer encouraged me to expand my area of focus.
I developed a system — The Elements — to help cancer sufferers address some of the root causes of cancer. The system has cards that help the users to connect with their intuition, but it can be easily taught and used without the cards.
The Elements system is based on my understanding of the root causes of cancer, which are often unconscious. This understanding is based on my review of complimentary treatments research.
The Elements are more than the wind-fire-water aspects of nature. They are things that both disrupt and enrich our lives — serious illness, accidents, the draw of something or someone that makes us come alive, losing that same something or someone.
We usually think that life happens to us and then it becomes a story. But turn this on its head and we get closer to The Elements philosophy. Our stories “write” us. The Elements Program educates the user in reconstructing thoughts, beliefs, and feelings — elements that create a new and improved “us” when old constructs begin to fall away.
The earth’s elements, particularly wind, fire, and water, can be brutal but they also have the power to transform. Woven together throughout a difficult period of my life, the most divergent features of my experience –weather elements, cancer and a serious head injury — appeared to become one thing and, surprisingly, one very good thing.
Transformation is at the core of my psychotherapy work and the recent events of my own life. I developed The Elements to teach others to heal, shift, and grow in a way that feels miraculous and yet is as simple and instinctive as the farm garden that often inspired my own recovery. My dream is to reshape what can be a silent solo process into something universal and shared, understood and celebrated by all.
The Elements bring us face to face with our personal narratives and the influential narratives of those around us — people we love, look up to, and perceive as powerful. Those narratives, and ultimately what we make of our own experience, shape us. From the time we are very young, they construct the ‘who’ in who we are.
How do we become our stories? The Elements help us to see the early nuclear family influences and the broad cultural ones that form that person we show the world. They help us to reconstruct a new and better story of ourselves, a story with new experiences and new strengths. It is not unusual for The Elements to send us down an entirely new life path. Creating consciously is to create powerfully.
The Elements program can be used with or without the card deck. Like tried-and-true Tarot and Oracle methodologies, Elements cards promote awareness and then they go a bit further. The Elements program is an easy-to-learn system with a memorable visual language and specific tools for change. With the help of the Elements’ user guide, the concepts become second-nature and can be used to meet both the small challenges we all encounter many times each day as well as big once-in-a-lifetime upsets. Cards or no cards, they work.
The Elements consistently help users attune to inner wisdom, gently guiding the reworking of the story that is at the core of their challenges.
The Elements tap into our natural and most powerful abilities:
- to observe and analyze
- to follow specific, concrete instructions
- to imagine, create, and invent
As a therapist, I know the importance of an occasional active dive below conscious awareness. And, to my way of thinking, the more dives, the better. Encountering hidden thoughts, beliefs, feelings, memories, wounds, and shadows is not only enlightening, but also helps us to clearly see what hinders our ability to feel whole. This transformative work can become a fun exploration, and it is, with The Elements.
Reframing Life’s Difficulties
The Elements remind us to appreciate all of life, including its struggles and imperfections. They remind us to find inspiration and inclusiveness in the natural world. Nature helps us to understand that catalysis for growth and change are hidden within despair and disaster.
Judith Driscoll, licensed marriage and family therapist, is a do-it-yourself health and wellness advocate, a cancer and traumatic brain injury survivor, and a recovering workaholic and chocoholic (a dual self-diagnosis). She writes and educates on intuitive self-healing.