First cause therapy is a deep effective method to address a wide range of problems. In the same time, it can be or not compatible with you. In addition, there are problems out of its scope or that can be solved only partially in some cases.

Four requirements make you compatible

The requirements from you are simple and important at the same time:

  • ability to go through intense emotions;
  • the ability to sustain a conscious introspective process;
  • body and emotion awareness;
  • a healthy enabled mind.

You can not be under the influence of mind altering substances like but not limited to: alcohol, drugs, and medication. In case of addictions, a period of three consecutive days without consumption is required before the session.


You are not compatible with first cause therapy if you:

  • continuously consider yourself in need of help;
  • cling to over-rationalize everything;
  • concern yourself more with confirming your own ideas than with exploring new perspectives and possibilities;
  • come to therapy after somebody else convinced you that the good thing to do is come to therapy;
  • adopt the “pill attitude” just waiting passively for the good things to happen to you.

Out of scope problems

Problems out of first cause therapy’s scope that make you not compatible with it are:

  • mental handicaps and sever mental disabilities;
  • heart conditions (people suffering from heart conditions but looking to solve other type of problems might be suitable for a focused awareness session);
  • autism;
  • problems of other people from your life (except infant mother situations);
  • relatives in coma states;
  • epilepsy.

In addition, some sessions have inconclusive results when they address insomnia and obesity. And in the case of some complex problems they can be solved only partially.


The therapist will use conversation as means to communicate and guide you during the therapy session. On one hand, the therapist asks you questions (e.g. How do you feel? or Where in your body do you feel this?) and/or gives very short instructions (e.g. Feel this! or Go to the first moment when…,). On the other hand, you answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

Given the nature of the therapy, you need the ability to enter and follow an introspective process. Further on, you will share your experience by saying out loud the first thing that comes to mind, or by describing the situation in which you will find yourself during the inner introspection. Thus, a number of conditions need to be met.

The Mind

The mind should not be under heavy influence from any mind altering drugs or substances such as, but not restricted to:

  • anti-depressants;
  • sleeping pills;
  • anxiety relief substances;
  • alcohol;
  • psychotropic mushrooms;
  • marijuana;
  • cocaine;
  • heroine;
  • ecstasy;
  • amphetamine;
  • methamphetamine.

However, a therapy session can be attempted after a 3 days period from the last consumption.

The Body

Considering that the average duration for a therapy session is 3 and a half hours, although not mandatory it is still strongly recommended that at the start of the therapy session you are not under any physical stress such as:

  • high level of exhaustion;
  • hunger;
  • thirst;
  • impending physiological needs;
  • uncomfortable clothes.

The Emotions

First cause therapy is a confrontational therapy which means that you will go through intensive emotional situations during the therapy session. Consequently, if you are not able to withstand intensive emotions or if you suffer from heart diseases you should take under consideration other forms of therapy or make an appointment for a focus awareness session instead.

Overall, the aspect of confrontational comes also from the type and level of accessed information during the therapy session. This information can sometimes strongly challenge the day to day beliefs, expectations and perspectives. That is why a considerable amount of open mindedness is extremely helpful in the overall process.

Further reading

Moreover, you can read more about the confrontational aspect and open mindedness in the sections Confrontational and Open, respectively.

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