RYS As Therapy

Rewriting Your Script (RYS), is a creative tool for improving mental wellbeing.

In therapeutic terms RYS has similarities with humanistic, person-centred, cognitive, group therapies. The programme has been informed by the tradition of rational, cognitive therapy developed from the work of psychologists such as Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, Martin Seligman, Aaron Beck and Victor Frankl.

In the language of therapy RYS attempts to induce and facilitate the subject’s self-reflection leading to self-knowledge and thus to more informed responses to thoughts, feelings and stimuli.

The process of scripting a fictional narrative, inspired by the subject’s own personal experience, is the intellectual mechanism that allows for guided and structured self-reflection leading to an in depth exploration of:

  • The subject’s storied sense of ‘self’
  • The storied context of the subject’s social relationships
  • The human need for meaning and purpose
  • The subjects unexamined core values and assumptions

This exploration can in turn lead to a deeper understanding of:

  • The need to accept the intractable aspects of our individual realities
  • The inevitability of change (and ultimately death)
  • The universality of human suffering
  • The realities of existential freedom
  • The past as the past
  • The inevitably flawed nature of ourselves and others
  • The physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the human condition

This new understanding can in turn result in:

  • Conscious knowledge of our own sense of self
  • Conscious knowledge of the values that underpin our world view
  • A deeper understanding of the social context in which we all must live
  • An increased sense of purpose (or how to acquire it)
  • A liberating acceptance of intractable realities
  • Increased levels of self esteem
  • Compassion and forgiveness for the flaws and mistakes of ourselves and others
  • An understanding of mental well-being as a life-long process achieved through action rather than a permanent mental state to be reached.

The RYS process in it’s entirety can lead to a renewed sense of self that opens up the possibility for more effective self-actualisation and even self-transcendence.

The self-disclosure of the therapist is central to the process which is also informed by the philosophy and praxis of the 12 step programme of Alcoholic Anonymous.