The THRIVE Programme FAQ’s


You can complete the Thrive Programme without the help of a TC, but many clients prefer to work through it with TC support. You can book an appointment with a TC for any reason; they all offer initial consultations for FREE which is an opportunity to discuss your issues or symptoms and find out more about completing the Thrive Programme with them. All Thrive Consultants are licensed to support you with all versions of the Thrive Programme including ‘Fly Happy’, ‘Thrive as a Non-Smoker’ and ‘Cure your Emetophobia & Thrive’.

Working through the programme with a TC is fun! Your TC will support you as you complete the programme, bring the sessions to life and tailor them to your needs ensuring you fully understand all aspects. Your TC can clarify issues, answer any number of questions and provide the motivation and accountability you need to get maximum benefit from the programme. Typically our clients look forward to their appointments and it is common to leave a session with a big smile on your face, feeling ready to take on new challenges with a sense of confidence and empowerment.

Completing the course with a Thrive Programme Consultant at their clinic or over Skype costs £800 – less than the cost of a week’s holiday, or a course of driving lessons! Support resources are available free of charge at thriveprogramme.org.
We’ve made it really easy for you to learn to thrive. You can work through one of the books by yourself, you can work through them with a Thrive Consultant, you can join an online support group, or even go through it at work or in a club/organisation. There are loads of free resources and tips on www.thriveprogramme.org
You can, but it is not advisable for a couple of reasons:

1. There is nothing like this programme, so it’s very likely that any other intervention you are going through will conflict in some manner, lessening the positive affects.

2. When your self-esteem starts to rise you begin to create super-confident and you start to overcome your symptoms. At this point you need to see – very clearly – that it is your new-found thriving skills that are achieving the success. If you are doing some other treatment programme/seeing a therapist as well, how are you goign to know what is having such a great effect on your life?

The Thrive Programme brings together scientific research and years of clinical experience in a unique and dynamic manner that is easily accessible to all. Although many other training courses and techniques do focus upon some similar concepts to Thrive, most don’t go into the same in-depth detail of the underlying fundamentals nor integrate the knowledge in such a comprehensive manner. It is because Thrive Programme clients are helped to attain a very high degree of self-awareness, that they are able to clearly see what they need to do in order to ‘get better’, and why they are then also willing to put in as much effort as is required.

Unlike some other courses The Thrive Programme is empowering because it is understandable and accessible. It is not based upon ‘magical’, disempowering beliefs. The Thrive Programme is not therapy or a treatment programme where something is ‘done to’ a person. It is all about empowering people to make the necessary changes for themselves.

One of the greatest things about the Thrive Programme is that you can change your life dramatically, and for good in just a matter of weeks – the average client takes less than two months. Having said that, you need to undertake the WHOLE programme – you cannot pick individual elements and expect to get the same results as someone completing the whole programme.

However, the Thrive Programme is unit’s not a set of techniques. To get results you need to work through the whole programme from start to finish and apply persistent and continuous effort throughout. You will learn how your thinking styles have developed and how to change them. This will involve short reflective exercises and Actions that help you to implement what you have learnt so you can make simple but really effective changes in your life.

The programme is based on Rob Kelly’s books, available here.
It’s best to embark on the programme when you have a few weeks to focus on it. It doesn’t take long but you need to be able to dedicate time, energy and commitment in order to see achieve maximum results. Feedback from people who have completed the programme is very positive – doing the Thrive Programme is really enjoyable, and the quicker you start, the sooner you’ll be thriving.

I have special needs… Autistic/dyslexic/ blind etc (a TC can personalise this programme to make it accessible and personal to you)
Working with a TC is the easiest way to ensure that the programme is accessible to you. Audio book coming soon.

Please ask your TC at your initial consultation. All children under sixteen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Many children have learnt to thrive using the Thrive Programme and we think this is the perfect time to start. Teaching children how to understand their thinking and to manage their responses to life’s events is a great gift; something that will serve them throughout their lives.

The Thrive Programme for teenagers is suitable for young people from aged approximately ten years old. By working with a TC it is possible for younger children to complete the programme really effectively. Parental support is invaluable and often parents report personal benefit to helping their child work through the programme. TCs explain things really clearly and have a knack for keeping things ‘light’, using memorable analogies, pictures and metaphors to ensure that the message really stays in your child’s mind. If your child has a school-related problem, is anxious or lacking in confidence or suffers from bedwetting or nightmares, the Thrive Programme has proven effectiveness in helping them to overcome these issues, but, more importantly, to learn to thrive.

The Thrive Programme is workbook based but it can be completed by a non-reading person, or a reluctant reader. The programme includes pictures and metaphors that are memorable and make sense.

Please note that all children under the age of sixteen must have a parent/guardian present at their appointment.

That is the question! Once you have completed the programme, the world is your oyster! We receive hundreds of emails from readers of the book who have learnt to thrive and are now taking on challenges they would never have dreamt of. People embark on the Thrive Programme for a number of reasons and find it a hugely effective way to overcome symptoms – consider weight-related issues, smoking, sexual problems, insomnia, hair-pulling (trichotillomania), OCD – and saying ‘farewell’ to these problems is usually just the start, with ‘thrivers’ going on to achieve more than they had previously imagined.
The Thrive Programme is expanding rapidly and we have consultants in more than ten countries worldwide. If you’re interested in a rewarding career as a Thrive Consultant, full details are available here: http://www.thriveprogramme.org/train/
The appeal of hypnotherapy is entirely understandable. When people feel powerless about resolving their anxiety or symptom, who wouldn’t like the idea of being ‘put out to sleep’ to find that your problems are gone when you wake up! This CAN indeed sometimes be the case when the client has a minor symptom or limiting belief. In this case, suggestion hypnosis may well be all that person needs to get over that blip in their life. Hypnosis has it’s benefits and I do sometimes use it to give clients an extra boost.

However, ALL our symptoms, whether it’s depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, insomnia are the direct result of our THINKING! Therefore, in order to permanently overcome a symptom, the most empowering thing we can do is understand and address the thinking that caused it in the first place. Hypnosis may well change our thinking about a certain issue, but without the substance or foundation to support the new thinking/beliefs we run the risk of quickly undoing the hypnosis suggestions by reverting to old ways of thinking.

The aim of Hypnosis is to suggest away symptoms. However, symptoms are only the END RESULT of other issues – whether it’s issues with our self esteem, social anxiety or feeling out of control. Therefore, unless these primary issues are addressed, many positive results of hypnotherapy are unlikely to be permanent. The good news is that it really is quite simple to change the real cause of our symptoms in an empowering and permanent way – which is what The Thrive Programme aims to do in just six sessions.

Our aim is to help empower people with a training programme that is predictable and understandable – and unfortunately results achieved from hypnotherapy are neither of these things.

Counselling can be beneficial by allowing a client to off-load or talk through a problem. This is particularly useful if that person is unable to talk to friends or family. However, the disadvantage of counselling can be that you may find yourself going over old ground, dredging up past hurts and experiences and bringing those pains to the surface but with no resolution or change of perspective.

This is particularly the case with counseling that is focussed on discussing people’s childhoods. Very often, when people feel unhappy with themselves or their lives in the here and now, they feel powerless to change themselves, their behaviour or their circumstances… and hope that by resolving past issues will help their present days problems. However, going back to the past is rarely the answer. You may gain more insight into why you behave as you do….although it doesn’t necessarily mean that you feel empowered enough to overcome problems or change your life now.

With Thrive, the focus is upon your thoughts TODAY. We are looking at the processes by which anxiety and symptoms are created: HOW you think about things, rather than WHAT you are thinking about. This explains why some days people may have their symptom and other days they do not – their lives may not have changed but their thinking has.

The Thrive Programme is entirely different to techniques such as NLP or CBT, even if on the surface they may sound similar.

Thrive doesn’t just focus upon giving a person some isolated insights, tools and techniques to cope with a symptom or problem. These approaches are ‘fire-fighting’ – trying to control or reduce the anxiety AFTER we have already created it by our thinking. Often people tire quickly of having to maintain this level of effort of fending of negative thoughts. The Thrive Programme is about Thriving and overcoming symptoms is just a part of that. It is about creating strong psychological foundations (eg, good self esteem) so that we are not creating anxiety. You don’t need to fire-fight if you are not setting fires in the first place!

The Thrive Programme is a comprehensive training course, which provides people with unique self-insights that enables them to develop the beliefs, resources and motivation to build resilience and make positive changes across all areas of their lives. It is of limited value teaching you any sort of ‘positive thinking’ or CBT or NLP techniques unless you understand the component parts of your thinking and beliefs that continue to create the anxiety. If you are not able to understand or alter the driving forces behind your symptoms or anxiety, it can feel as though you are ‘treading water’ trying to fend off negative thoughts.

Thrive is a training programme and not therapy. It is not about someone else doing something for you or to you but about YOU taking control of your life. It is so much more empowering to take control of your own problems, rather than someone else resolving them for you.

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