ARCANA, a Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Practice

Our main approaches include Ayurveda, positive psychology, positive system psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, imaginative psychotherapy, music therapy, AVT (audiovisual technology – neurotechnology), and mysticism. Every client can choose methods according to their preferences. We will be happy to provide information on all approaches. Being informed helps.

Ayurveda

= ancient Indian medicine, “knowledge about good and bad, the fortunate and unfortunate aspects of life, about what brings benefits and what does not, as well as the formation and greatness of these aspects“ (Charaka Samhitá).

Positive Psychology

= school of psychology focused on positive subjective experiences, positive individual traits, and positive institutions.

Positive System Psychotherapy

=  treatment method that prefers positive personality traits and develops them systematically on the basis of love and knowledge.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

=  treatment method based on the theory of learning that draws upon the possibility to learn a new behavior through understanding and training.

Hypnosis

=  treatment method that makes use of altered states of consciousness, i.e. hypnosis, to treat various disorders.

Imaginative Psychotherapy

=  treatment method that points to the importance of imagination, fantasy, and creativity.

Music Therapy

=  treatment method that uses music as the main tool.

Neurotechnology,  AVT

=  treatment method that makes use of computers and other electronic machines to treat various disorders.

Mysticism

=  treatment method, used in conjunction with other methods, that takes into account the possibility of man connecting with a higher power that transcends him/her.

Graphology

= both the science and art of being able to get to know the human psyche and personality through one´s handwriting.

Neurotechnology

By neurotechnology we understand an interdisciplinary applied scientific field that studies the brain in order to systematically perfect its power and training of self-regulation in the mental and spiritual activity of an individual. Synonyms of neurotechnology include psychotechnology, mind technology, consciousness technology or audiovisual technology (AVT). Other frequently used terms are mind tools and mind machines.

First, we have to get acquainted with some facts about electric activity of the brain. AVT, which we will focus on, is directly based on them.

Electric Activity of the Brain

The functioning of our central nervous system is based on the bioelectric activity of nerve cells. Oscillating electric potentials can be recorded and evaluated as waves of certain amplitude (size) and frequency (number of repeated whole cycles per minute). By processing many of these records (electroencephalograms), scientists determined four basic brainwaves that are characterized in the following table:

Form of BrainwaveFrequency (Hz)Amplitude (μV)
Delta1 – 3100 – 150
Theta4 – 750
Alpha8 – 1330 – 50
Beta14 – 305 – 10

The basic rhythm of brainwaves during a period of calm and relaxation is Alpha rhythm. Any increase in alertness and attention suppresses the basic rhythm and Beta brainwaves appear. Theta and Delta brainwaves accompany deep relaxation and dreamless sleep.

Many techniques that make it possible to induce the above mentioned states (esp. Alpha and Beta) through volition were developed in the course of the last decade of the 20th century. However, most of these methods, e.g. meditation, require months or years of diligent training. It is different in the case of machines using new generation technologies. One part of them, the so-called audiovisual technology (AVT), is able to induce required level of bioelectric activity in the brain.

Why are light and sound systems effective?
Pulsating light and sound fill our senses and continually draw our attention towards rhythms and models of the required experience. An individual can feel better within several weeks of the right practice and regular use. His/her mental capacity increases.

Mysticism

By principle mysticism cannot be exactly defined as it transcends all things conceivable. That is why we define it here as a “passive activity” ‘(contradictory unity of knowledge and experience), during and through which we come to an understanding of the totality of existence created by the union of the world and the Otherworld, i.e. the world beyond this one (e.g. boundless intelligence, cosmic consciousness, absolute spirit, laws of nature, God, etc.). During a mystic experience an individual feels engulfed by something bigger and higher than him/herself and feels that everything in this world is part of one whole and forms unity.  Everything seems to have come to life, as if filled by the spirit. One´s Self dissolves and the world is perceived as if from somewhere else, from a place that exists beyond it, from the Otherworld. Through this, a new view of reality is created and an individual is convinced of perceiving and experiencing everything on a deeper level and, at the same time, is less involved and in a state of perfect peace and inexpressible bliss.

Goal of mysticism and our entire life is searching for happiness.
We reach it through mind training, by practicing activities that lead to happiness, and gradually eliminating activities and factors that lead to suffering. Happiness depends more on the state of mind of an individual than on outward events. It is the result of how we perceive our situation, how content we are with what we have.

Happier people are generally more optimistic, sociable, flexible, more creative, and much better able to deal with everyday stressors than unhappy people. Happy people also show such characteristics as wide interests, openness and willingness to get closer with others and help them.

When it is so easy, why are there so many unhappy and dissatisfied people? This is because they are not able to change how they perceive the world and their lives. In order to achieve true happiness, it is necessary to change our view of the world and our way of thinking. However, there is not one single way, or one secret that will guarantee that everything will be fine. The same way as the body needs various vitamins and minerals, out mind needs to use various approaches and procedures to overcome negative moods and states. Changes require a certain amount of time. They do not happen suddenly, all at once. It is vital to persevere and keep trying even when you feel like you are getting nowhere.

Graphological Analysis

We consider graphological analysis a psychological discipline that abides by the diagnostic principles of projective techniques.

Required information: age, sex, education, possibly also: hobbies and interests, specific questions and other wishes you might have.

Graphological analysis follows a structure that gives you an overview of what you can expect to learn:

I. Comprehensive Characteristic of Personality

Several summary paragraphs of basic personality characteristics of the analyzed handwriting, incl. basic intuitive observations that significantly characterize the given personality.

II. Center of Personality

Description of Self structure – ambitions, ideals, aspirations. The main axis of description is Ego – adaptation and self-actualization, followed by identity – self-confidence - suggestibility. Here you will find everything important pertaining to Self.

III. Motivation, Focus

Description of motivational substructure of personality, especially with regard to typology of orientation. This part is usually shorter (it is good to make use of information on education, profession and interests).

IV. Aptitudes, Tendencies, Achievements

Description of achievement substructure - vitality, temperament, emotionality, volition, intellect, individual characteristics of mental functions.

V. Character and Social Relationships

Description of character substructure, incl. the classic types of temperament, social behavior, honesty, and responsibility.

VI. Presence of pathological signs

List of current or potential symptoms and disorders, and in some cases their interpretations and indication of possible future development of the pathological process.

VII. Contingent Advice and Recommendations

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