Green Belief

Being without fear ~ Belief modification for dissolving fears

  • What Is Green Belief?

    Green Belief is:

    A one-to-one service practice that uses a belief modification technique (a branch of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). This technique is proven to assist people in letting go of false and fearful beliefs. Some fearful beliefs include paranoid delusions. People can be preoccupied with such a fear to a point where it affects their relationships with others, their job, and their community.
    A source of education that introduces clients to a greater awareness and apprehension of reality and truth concerning their beliefs. Green Belief assists clients in choosing healthier beliefs to replace fear-based ones.
    Sensitive and non-judgemental. This practice sees you as a whole being and treats you with the hope that you can, and will recover. This practice encourages you to be part of your healing and recovery process.
    A model that represents realistic hope for the potential of recovering.
    Not anti-psychiatry and not anti-medication but rather serves to complement other treatment and practices.
    robert-chapman-photo-by-angela-hartog
    Robert Chapman - (Photo by Angela Hartog)
    Green Belief teaches its clients a process of evaluating life circumstances and the resulting beliefs, thoughts and feelings that are experienced. With this learned method of inquiry, clients can make new choices for improving their lives.
  • Education
    In Practice

    Green Belief teaches its clients a process of evaluating life circumstances and the resulting beliefs, thoughts and feelings that are experienced. With this learned method of inquiry, clients can make new choices for improving their lives.
    Instruction on skills in:

    • maintaining medication use
    • developing critical cognitive skills
    • modifying false and fearful beliefs
    • a strategy for correcting mistaken perceptions and reframing assumptions
    • eliminating ‘world-end’ anxiety, fear of impending doom and imminent death
    • positive being and thinking
    • reality-checking, reality monitoring, objective thinking, conscious awareness
    • a strategy to recognize/identify, counter-argue, and replace paranoid ideas
    • illuminating relevant knowledge and meaningful core values
    • inspiration and realistic hope for recovery
    In Books, Papers
    Books and papers have been published on belief modification techniques.


    In Workshops and Education Posts
    Workshops and courses are presented.
  • The process

    The Process of Green Belief Practice

    The Process of Green Belief Practice builds a peer relationship (short or long-term) to explore problem beliefs, and learn to formulate a realistic goal of recovery.

    Green Belief teaches its clients a process of evaluating life circumstances and the resulting beliefs, thoughts and feelings that are experienced. With this learned method of inquiry, clients can make new choices for improving their lives. Beliefs and thoughts are explored through guided discovery rather than directly challenged.
    For clients who are consciously ready, Chapman goes beyond cognitive therapy and belief modification techniques which attempt to make change at the level of thought and belief. Chapman points to the essential Self in people so that they re-member their connection to Spirit/Source. Awareness is placed at the level of Being. This is where knowing and feeling is experienced. When clients feel pure Love, fear does not exist.

    Beyond belief modification at the cognitive level, clients place awareness at the spiritual level - the heart-centre where high vibration feelings are felt and fears dissolve.

    Initial visits may include an introduction to Green Belief practice, a needs assessment, and a readiness assessment to explore alternative ways of perceiving fearful situations.
  • What is your Fear?

    Fears


    Unlike fears that alert us to danger, most everyone has fears that do not benefit them. These kinds of fears are mistaken, or false beliefs that keep us from living fully.

    Some of these beliefs cause unwarranted suspicion and even paranoia. Such fears are prevalent.

    Oftentimes it is our misinterpretation of things that happen and of people around us that create fear. Our perception may be mistaken.

    Many people are preoccupied with fear to a degree that it affects their relations with others and their performance at work.

    Thankfully, these fears can be successfully dissolved.
    • Fears Addressed [+]
      Paranoid delusions (fear of being controlled or persecuted)
      Social and separation anxiety, stage fright, performance anxiety, and fear of public speaking
      Fear of change, of losing, of failure, rejection
      Fear of judgement, condemnation
      World-end anxiety (apocalyptic fear)
      Unwarranted suspicions
      Fear of imminent death and impending doom
      Spiritual / religious fears
      Superstitious fears
      Hexes and jinxes
    • Delusion Types Addressed [+]
      Delusion of Persecution
      (the belief that one is a victim of a harmful conspiracy)
      Delusion of Control
      (belief that one’s feelings, thoughts, or actions are imposed by some external force)
      Delusion of Influence
      (the belief that one’s impulses or actions are being controlled by other people)
      Delusion of Reference
      (the belief that remarks or events refer to one’s self)
      Thought Control
      (belief that one’s thoughts are being manipulated, withdrawn, broadcasted, or transmitted by some external force)
      Grandiose Delusion
      (unrealistic identification of self or of one’s ability)
      Hallucinations
      (an internal experience believed to be a product from an outside source)
      World-End Anxiety
      (apocalyptic fears)
    Delusion of Persecution
    (the belief that one is a victim of a harmful conspiracy)
    Delusion of Control
    (belief that one’s feelings, thoughts, or actions are imposed by some external force)
    Delusion of Influence
    (the belief that one’s impulses or actions are being controlled by other people)
    Delusion of Reference
    (the belief that remarks or events refer to one’s self)
    Thought Control
    (belief that one’s thoughts are being manipulated, withdrawn, broadcasted, or transmitted by some external force)
    Grandiose Delusion
    (unrealistic identification of self or of one’s ability)
    Hallucinations
    (an internal experience believed to be a product from an outside source)
    World-End Anxiety
    (apocalyptic fears)
  • Benefits
    Benefits of Green Belief
    • Who Benefits? [+]
      Clients Benefiting From Green Belief Practice Are Those Wanting To:
      • overcome paranoid fears and anxiety
      • choose healthier beliefs to correct perceptions
      • replace negative, depressing thoughts (non-organic depression)
      • be at peace with themselves and others
      • stop feeling like a victim
    • What is Recovery? [+]
      Recovery is the absence of the “symptom” fear, and the recovery of awareness of sanity.
    • Benefits of Recovery [+]
      Benefits of Recovery Include
      Overcoming and replacing fear-based beliefs and depressing thoughts
      being at peace with one's self and others
      corrected perceptions
      not feeling like a victim
      Clients stop feeling anxious, nervous, paranoid, suspicious, "out of control," angry, depressed, or feeling alone and separated.
      Clients feel more alive to life, more certain and secure, more aware of love, reality, truth, peace, and freedom (core values).
    • Benefits of Dissolving Fearful Beliefs [+]
      reduction, or absence of, preoccupation with delusions.
      reduced, or absence of feelings of paranoia, anxiety and ambivalence – stop feeling suspicious, “out of control,” angry, depressed, alone and separated
      less coping skills required
      become more socially engaged and integrated into the community
      reduced medication, or enhanced medication adherence
      increased rational and objective (abstract) thinking skills and reality awareness
      increased calm and composure between self and family / society
      being at peace with one’s self and others (not feeling like a victim)
      gained skills to explore and learn alternative interpretations/explanations in challenging the validity of false beliefs.
      corrected perceptions
      increased maintenance skills: gained recognition of similar delusion scenarios that may arise or exist already in one's belief system.
      increased tolerability of interpersonal stress.
      increased readiness for functional assessment and occupational rehabilitation opportunities.
      increased participation in meaningful activities – feel more alive to life
      increased recovery rate and reduced risk of relapse.
      more aware of love, reality, truth, peace, and freedom (core values)
  • About the provider
    About the Provider of Green Belief
    • Who is Robert Chapman?[+]
      Robert Chapman is a mental health practitioner, author, workshop facilitator and educator. Chapman’s background education includes Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Peer Support Training, and methods of counselling and recovery. His specialty in cognitive therapy is particular to belief modification and thought-restructuring. Chapman has a long-time interest in, and understanding of, cognitive therapy and the applications to which it is used. He possesses a large body of knowledge on how the mind is prone to mistaken perceptions, false beliefs (delusions), wrong judgements and misconceptions. Familiar with the mechanics of how such thoughts produce fear about life, death, self and others, Chapman assists people in diminishing — even eliminating — these kinds of fears.
      As a Recovery Consultant, Chapman brings education to the mental health community on how to recognize fearful — even paranoid beliefs and how to overcome these to regain sanity. For 20 years, in Canada and the United States, Chapman has lectured on cognitive therapy to mental health care providers, university, college and high school students, and consumers of psychiatric services. His workshops have been featured at provincial, national and international conferences, hospitals, agencies, and educational institutions.
      Prior to diversifying into the mental health field in the 1990’s, Chapman received a diploma in Graphic Design, and received the Mohawk College of Applied Arts Board of Governors’ Arts Competition Award (Outstanding Entry in Drawing Category).

      In the 1980's, Chapman was a stand-up comedian occasionally backing up Jim Carrey. Recognized as best new stand-up comedian at a well-known comedy club, Chapman appeared as featured stand-up comedian in a full-page local newspaper article.

      After fulfilling a six-year Research Assistant position at the Centre for Research in Education & Human Services (Hamilton / Kitchener), Chapman recently moved back to his home town Orillia to be with family.
    • Accomplishments and Awards[+]
      Articles written on Cognitive Therapy have been published in magazines, medical/science periodicals, journals, newspapers, and in professional textbooks.

      Developed and successfully applied a three-step recovery strategy to eliminate patterns of paranoid thinking in delusions.

      Researched and published counter-arguments and disconfirming evidence used to critically re- evaluate delusions, exercise objective thinking, and explore alternative interpretations.

      Given written permission from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center (Boston University) to adapt a psychiatric technology model, Chapman developed an assessment tool for measuring readiness to recognize and disclose delusions, and to accommodate evidence contradictory to false beliefs.

      Appeared on TV, in newspapers, periodicals, and magazines for interviews disclosing his past illness in order to reduce stigma and educate publicly about what schizophrenia is and isn't.
      Designed and delivered workshop speaking presentations intended to minimize in-patient guardedness and increase a sense of commonality, believability, and connectedness. As a monthly guest speaker for three years at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital (Patient Education Group), Chapman enhanced doubt surrounding fixed delusions. Staff expressed that in-patients shared for the first time their delusions and that it was believed Chapman’s non-confrontational approach facilitated the eliciting of delusion presence and content.

      Received five S.C.O.P.E. (Supporting Consumer Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) awards presented by Hamilton Mental Health Rights Coalition recognizing citizens promoting mental health.

      Received Certificate of Recognition for “Ongoing Involvement and Volunteer Service to Help Improve the Lives of Those with Schizophrenia and their Families” (Ontario Schizophrenia Society).

      Received scores of commendation letters from mental health professionals and agencies. Recipient of United Way Speaker’s Bureau recognition certificate.
    Photograph of Robert Chapman smiling for the camera.

    Robert Chapman

    A photo of Robert Chapman playing drums
    Robert Chapman is the drummer, and founding member of a Church House Band, which plays regularly at services. He also plays drums for the annual cantata, jazz festival, and theatrical plays.
  • Alternative mental health service

    Delivery of Mental Health Services

    Psychosocial research shows that society is embracing self-help recovery initiatives to gain greater access to mental health services, to gain more effective client-centred treatment for mental health issues, as well as to pass through long-existing social stigmas surrounding mental illnesses and emotional problems. Society is now at a time to address mental illness issues that have long been unattended, misunderstood, and stigmatized. There is a timeliness for the service of Green Belief for which there is a growing need. Alternative mental health services are being sought after and embraced more than ever before.
    Research by the Centre for Research & Education In Human Services (Kitchener, Ontario) and the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services shows a paradigm shift in the way people want mental health services delivered. People want available and accessible self- help initiatives in addition to what they are receiving from the traditional medical model. People are expressing a need for flexible and individualized support. With the presence Green Belief, there is a shorter waiting time to accessing mental health services.
  • How GreenBelief is unique

    How Green Belief Is Unique

    Green Belief offers one-to-one education that is tailored to the individual’s mental and spiritual needs.
    Green Belief is an intermediate level service between professional degree-holding and volunteer trained provisions. Thus its fee is also set between these.
    Green Belief is offered in a milieu of hope, empowerment, and choice in self-direction, and is guided by Psychosocial Rehabilitation Principles.
    Being personally familiar with problem-solving recovery issues, Green Belief offers an inner dimension of understanding. (Experience is the best teacher).
    Green Belief provides a recovery model for people who are experiencing paranoid delusions.
    Absent from Green Belief is a clinical feel and a stigma that people often feel when seeking therapy. With a "deprofessionalized" demeanour, Green Belief sees its shared humanness as helpful in connecting with the client ─ a relationship asset not found in rigidly boundaried conventional practices.
    Green Belief discloses its first-person history experience with psychiatric disability when appropriate. This is intended to help establish a relationship and rapport with the client to facilitate the supportive process and to encourage the client to further avail him/herself to the formal mental health system if necessary.
    Green Belief is a role model of strength, courage, and determination in recovery success, as well as eliminating stigma and dispelling myths and misinformation surrounding mental illnesses. This is part of the education service provided through sensitivity training workshops and seminars.
    Because of its background, Green Belief specializes in belief modification and thought restructuring (a branch of cognitive therapy). Rarely known and hard to find counter-arguments and disconfirming evidence for paranoid delusions of persecution are available.
    Green Belief makes available a unique resource of positive, inspirational affirmations. This collection of literature serves to compose the mind with an increasing awareness of love, peace, hope, truth and reality.
    "Beyond Belief Modification at the cognitive level, I point clients to their spirit level where awareness is placed at the heart-centre. Where high vibration feelings are felt, fears dissolve."
  • Why aren't there others?

    Why Aren’t There Practices Providing This Kind of Service Already?

    Timeliness:
    It is in the current time that fitting services with consumers’ mental health needs is seen as favourable and acceptable by the general public. Not long ago this service idea (Green Belief practice) was perceived as ahead of its time.
    Ignorance
    By and large, most people are not familiar with the research statistics showing the high prevalence of mental illnesses.
    Resistance
    “Older” mental health service providers are entrenched in the traditional medical model, not budging to the new “shared leadership” and client-centred approach found in peer support and in Psychosocial Rehabilitation principles.
    Disclosure
    When and if appropriate, the provider of Green Belief practice discloses his past experience with mental illness. Disclosure is an admission to having received mental health services and thus having been a consumer of psychiatric services. Most people do not want to do this. The provider of Green Belief is prepared to disclose this where and when necessary.
    The very fact that a past consumer of psychiatric services is delivering the services of Green Belief, is a highlighted feature of Green Belief’s practice.
    Stigma

    “People believe that stigma (how they may be treated by others) is the worse part of their experience with mental health problems. It makes them feel even more hopeless.”
    —K. McLean

    Few people make it their business to decrease the unnecessary stigma surrounding mental illness. The provider of Green Belief was one of the first in Canada to publicly disclose his experience with mental illness. For the last twenty years, the provider of Green Belief has spoken at numerous conferences and appearing in the media in order to reduce stigma and educate on a recovery technique that he discovered himself. Few people have a plan to reduce stigma through its advertising. Green Belief does. With genuineness, sensitivity and humour, Green Belief plays a major part in reducing stigma and making it okay for people to see a mental health peer support worker.
  • PSR principles
    Green Belief is Guided by

    Psychosocial Rehabilitation Principles

    Client Centred
    Consumers are involved in their own goal to recover and grow.

    Empowering
    Green Belief is provided in a manner that promotes a person to set his or her own goals. Consumers benefit from having control over decisions that will best help them achieve goals which affect their life.

    Flexible
    Green Belief is accessible to the greater Orillia area, available mornings and afternoons to provide for needs which are unique and multi-dimensional.

    Potential for Growth
    People have the potential for growth. Green Belief focuses on the assets and strengths of clients to help them maintain a sense of identity, dignity, and competence.

    Involvement With the Natural Support Network is critical to a positive recovery outcome. Chapman views other members of the community as valuable resources to fulfil the consumer's need to receive care from multi-disciplinary practices (medical and alternative). As such, involvement on an individual and program level is actively supported.

    Capacity to Improve
    People have the capacity to improve their level of functioning. Opportunities for the development of needed skills and supports are actively pursued.
    Strengths
    Potential for growth is gained when a person can diminish or eliminate disabling fear and perceived weaknesses. Potential to participate in one's community is encouraged.

    Belonging and Connectedness
    People gain a sense of belonging and connectedness from involvement with their respective peers. Clients are encouraged to share their experience with other people they trust. Their contribution is acknowledged and valued.

    Choice
    Green Belief provides a unique learning environment which offers complementary support to other services. Consumers must be able to choose available opportunities for self-help.

    Self-help
    Green Belief exists to provide a self-help educational resource for consumers.

    Hope and Enabling
    Green Belief is offered in a milieu which creates a sense of hope. Opportunities are provided to allow clients to explore their values and abilities needed to take the lead in their own recovery. Consumers are encouraged by accounts of successful recovery.

    Outcome oriented
    Recovery (the absence of symptoms) is a goal. Skills and strengths are used to recover sanity, increase responsibility and quality of life.
  • MIssion statement

    Mission Statement

    Purpose


    Green Belief has a passion to reach people who are hurting, to enable those who are starting over, and to connect with people along their life journey. Green Belief promotes mental and spiritual health and provides a sensitive, nonconfrontational, and non-judgemental approach for personal problem areas. This approach is based on Psychosocial Rehabilitation Principles.
    Green Belief is a model that represents realistic hope for the potential of recovering.

    Mission


    Green Belief serves to introduce and illuminate relevant knowledge, strengths, and direction to live a more fulfilled life. Knowledge is power. Meaningful core values are considered and assessed. A mentoring relationship is established so that one’s life's journey is not taken alone.

    To improve the quality of life of those affected by fears by choosing the reality, power and freedom of Love.

    Vision


    Green Belief sees its clients as equal, good and whole beings and treats them as though they can, and will recover. Centred on being stronger rather than on suffering and illness, Green Belief has a goal to point people to their healthy mind and soul.

    Code of Ethics, Confidentiality and Conduct


    Conditions requiring regular feedback to a referring physician or other primary health care practitioner will be provided. These may be comprehensive reports on observations and progress of learned knowledge, plans, and actions. Timely follow-up is assured. Confidentiality of personal material is respectfully upheld by Green Belief and is assured to the client in an initial interview. Green Belief is familiar with crisis procedure, suicide intervention, referral guidelines, and decisively refers clients to additional professional sources if necessary.
  • Testimonials
    Testimonials



    “I was afraid of dying, and having very paranoid thoughts, I didn’t want to live anymore. Mr. Chapman showed me a different way to perceive “death” and my delusions.”
    - C. A.

    “Mr. Chapman showed me how to re-interpret some very fearful beliefs that were part of my schizophrenia. I don’t feel like a victim anymore.”
    - E. G.

    “Robert Chapman taught me another way to see my fears. I have my social life back now.”
    - K. Z.

    “Without feeling so paranoid and suspicious now, I’m able to return to work and be present in my community.”
    - K. C.

    “What helped me most was that Robert really listened to me, understood my situation, and connected with how I was feeling. I couldn’t get this from anyone else.”
    - A. H.

    “No one could come close to understanding the delusional thoughts I was having. Robert did because he knows the pathway through fear to the love which is real.”
    - M. A.


    “As a parent, I read with great interest what Robert Chapman provides. My son who has schizophrenia was receiving meds but “talk therapy” was not provided as the docs at the hospital said it was not in their mandate to provide this. We wanted so much for him to be able to have some freedom from the hallucinations and delusions that haunted him.

    After seeing Robert for seven months, my son reports: ‘feeling less anxious around people and about the world ending, and less paranoid of what I thought were alien attacks on me.’”
    - C. P.

    “Robert was the only one who was willing to show me how to look at my paranoid fears in a new light with gentleness and patience. His personal experience is a God-send!”
    - R. B.

    “Just knowing that Robert has been through the mental symptoms I’m experiencing is such a relief for me and my family. I can’t find what he offers anywhere else.”
    - O. B.

    “While I was having paranoid beliefs and feeling very fearful, Robert’s teachings helped me to hold myself together.”
    - V. B.

    “I had some serious fears that prevented me from living my life fully. Robert pointed me to the peace and joy inside me.”
    - C. M.





    Initials are used, and other reference information has been omitted, to protect the identities of people who wish not to disclose their experience with issues of a mental health nature.
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