“In my 25 years as a psychotherapist and coach, mostly working with persons struggling with addiction issues, I have learned long ago that before people can effectively resolve the impact of their past experiences, they must somehow attach to their realistic and current core strengths. He has developed an approach that not only centers people in that resilient space, but also provides a safe private mental opportunity for clients to strategically sort through obstacles to creating their optimal existence.”
"Since beginning to use the I AM Project, my client has stopped drinking which has been a real struggle for him. The client has been able to identify those area's in his life which he would like to reconnect with. The visual representation of where his is and where his recovery was, has been helpful in assisting this client in identifying where he needs to focus to create harmony in his life."
“I returned home from David Gilks I AM weekend retreat and all I can say is "wow!” Lives were transformed right before my eyes. Words can't even express how I feel. This is transformational. Much love. Xo”
“For the first time in my life I can finally stop running and no longer need to pursue the answers "out there"!! David's I AM weekend event was so powerful, insightful, and highly emotional with many "Ah Hah" moments that I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone looking to find breakthroughs in any of these areas. Thank you, thank you, thank you! David, You Rock!”
"I am still a work in progress and I am enjoying this process. Thank you to David and Simone for being such great coaches and leading our F3 tribes!!"
"I wanted to feel good and healthy. I had been doing exercise almost every day and I thought I was doing fine. However, I wasn’t getting a result I wanted because my mind was not on the right focus. I was blaming myself for my ‘weak will power’.
At that time, I met Factor 3 and I AM Project. I had heard about them from my friends and I was interested in them, especially I AM Project. A brain is such a small part of a body, but it is so powerful and controls rest of the whole body. After taking F3 and I AM Project and listening to David about how our mind and body would work, a weight on my shoulder was lifted and was able to see some hope."
"Attending I AM Project training was a great experience. I AM board is helping me stop and think where I am each day and analyze myself."
Client is a 50 something year old separated female who lives in a semi rural community on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Client has been in treatment with an out patient community mental health center for approximately 3 years. Client has a diagnosis of PTSD, Depression, marital conflict. The end of 2016 client felt safe to disclose the presence of 5 other personality parts that are well developed. Client felt safe, as well as the other parts to make themselves known to the therapist in an attempt to further heal client from the chronic complex sexual abuse experienced as a child beginning around he age 3. The first part that emerged was a 20 year old male who came to be as clients protector at around the age of 4 yeas old. At times different parts have emerged and taken over, the client has dissociated from being present and unaware of the actions of the other parts behaviors. This has cause significant problems in her life.
The I Am Board technology was brought into session to assist client in further identifying and normalizing those identity parts which are present. The client was tasked with using the tokens to create a visual image of each part on one side, and writing down the positive character traits of each part on the other side. Client has been able to use the tokens and the board to show visually how the parts interact, often take over depending on the activating event or situation. This case is shared, meaning there are 2 therapist, myself and a male therapist. Case sharing is common at this agency as some clients have many needs. The tokens and the I AM board have been helpful in sharing her experiences with both therapists.
Since using the I Am Board, client reports she and her parts have been able to work together more collaboratively during stressful activating events; especially the protector part which is aggressive but whose job it is to protect and stand up for the core personality part. Client reports that since using the board, she is now able to recall events when she is not in control; when the protector part is in control as well as the ability to switch back in control at critical moments during the crisis or event. Client continue to reports that she is more aware and in collaboration with her parts; client has stated that if she can handle the protector part, work in collaboration with that part, she can definitely handle the other 4 parts.
This is a 40 something year old male who receives services at the same clinic. The I Am Board has been used two times to help client identify how he is showing up each day for his life. Client has been in therapy with this therapist for approximately a year and a half and has made progress in managing his anger, and connecting with himself. He continues to struggle with harmony in his life. Since beginning to use the I Am Board, client has stopped drinking which has been a real struggle for him. Further, client has been able to identify those area's in his life which he would like to reconnect with. The visual representation of where his is and where his recovery was, has been helpful in assisting this client in identifying where he needs to focus to create harmony in is life.
Lisa Bartlett Kliever
"I am feeling so grateful for giving myself the gift of the I AM project retreat this weekend with David Gilks. When I think of the past days, I keep coming up with the word poignant: affecting or moving the emotions, because that describes wonderfully well what happened! This past weekend brought many opportunities to reflect on my current state of satisfaction in 7 key areas of life: spirituality, wellness, career, family, finances, romance and charity/contribution, and provide tools to take home to continue to grow and bring all of these into closer alignment.
All while gaining such clarity in what steps I need to take next to enjoy life even more. I can say beyond a doubt that I have a simple method to return to when feeling stuck in a past association to kick start my energy and get myself moving forward again onto the life I want to live – with little fanfare…in a shorter period of time and with more ease. It’s amazing how little time and effort it took to shift my contentedness gauge up in every area! Thank you David for sharing your vision, staying with and growing it, and sharing all you are and have come to know (thus far)! I’m looking forward to writing a new chapter in my life story and ramping up my happiness vibration. Being on this journey with you is priceless."
"You know I've had vision boards and wondered why isn't this working!! Working with David this weekend at the I AM retreat is incredible! Reprogramming my brain so I have the right plan to work from! Life changing! Thank you David"
S Ulveteg Jein
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