Problems Helped with the Thrive Programme

The Thrive Programme can help with an enormous range of problems, from Phobias through to what might be considered more ‘serious’ problems such as Depression and Anxiety.

Problems Helped with Thrive - FearTraditionally, health issues tend to be divided into two major categories, (1) Biological / Medical and (2) Psychological, although there is much debate about whether or not it is accurate or even useful to classify people as either “biological machines” or “minds separate from bodies”.

At the moment most Western cultures do classify things in this way, so we tend to treat problems with drugs that modify the “symptoms” but pay little attention to the “cause”.

Biological and Medical problems are those problems that are caused or due to some adverse factor in the body’s chemistry that are mainly treated through pharmaceutical solutions or medical interventions. In almost all cases where the phrase ‘mental illness’ is used the scientific basis of those labels in very weak and the evidence that supports the idea of a ‘chemical imbalance’ is not well founded. 

Psychological problems are those problems that are the direct result of cognitive (‘thinking’) or perceptual anomalies (‘belief systems’) and although are often treated by the use of drug therapies, tend to respond favourably to psychological interventions.

If you are unsure about the nature of your particular problem we recommend that, in the first instance, prospective clients seek medical advice from their G.P. to rule out any biological problems before consulting for any kind of Psychological assistance.

Are Problems Really Either Psychological or Biological?

This has been a difficult area for many, many years and the central problem can be highlighted in the following way:

Medical problems can have a negative psychological impact on a person to the extent that they become anxious, or perhaps depressed as a direct result of their medical symptoms.

So are these anxious or depressive symptoms the direct result of the medical problem or are they unique to the person and the way they “feel” about their problem?

How is it that some people can experience traumatic childhood experiences and are affected very little by it, and other’s lives are terribly blighted by the same experiences?

The real problem is that we cannot realistically separate out human beings into either biological or psychological entities as our minds and bodies exist simultaneously (symbiotically) and one affects the other.

Problems Helped with the Thrive Programme - Neural Network
Research in the field of Neuroscience provides clear evidence that psychological interventions can lead to physical changes in the structure of the brain which in turn changes the way we feel and perceive the world around us.

You can read more about the way Psychotherapies change the brain structure on this article on the “Psychiatric Times” website:

Problems Helped

This is just a small list of problems that can be helped by following the Thrive Programme but even if you don’t see your specific problem listed, chances are that whatever it is, that Thrive can help you to develop a much more positive outlook that can undoubtedly be beneficial to you.

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Thrive Programme Consultant Paul Lee

About Paul BSc. MSc.

Paul is a highly experienced psychologist & therapist who has been delivering the Thrive Programme since its early development in 2011. Thrive with Paul is run from our private offices in Wombourne.

The Thrive Programme

The Thrive Programme is a science-based training programme that teaches self-insight as well as a range of life-changing principles.

Common Questions

Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about what the thrive programme is and how it helps with life problems.

Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs are those things that we believe about life and how the ‘world works’ that may be self-limiting and unhelpful to us.

Locus of Control

Our Locus of Control is measure of how self-empowered we feel about our ability to determine the path that our life takes.

Social Pressure

We either succumb to the social pressures around us or we are able to make-up our own minds and not be swayed by the crowds.


Our self-esteem is the result of how we ‘think’ about ourselves, how much ‘value’ ourselves and how we ‘treat’ ourselves on a day-to-day basis.


The fear of vomiting is thought to affect around 5% of the population. Thrive is the most effective solution to emetophobia ever devised.


Fear of flying has been around since air travel was first invented. It is most often associated with a ‘high desire for control’.

Public Speaking

Reckoned to be the the most common phobia. This can become a significant problem if talking to groups becomes a part of your job.