About the Hale Method (TM)A unique approach to Emotional Intelligence education
Jenny Hale has an Honours degree in Psychology, and decades of experience as a coach, trainer and mentor. She has identified the fastest ways to break through disempowering lifelong patterns and achieve previously unimaginable results – without doing years of therapy!
The Hale Method ™
The Hale Method ™ is unique in its approach to changing disempowering patterns and achieving unprecedented results.
The Hale Method ™ is EDUCATIONAL, not THERAPEUTIC
Rather than conceptualizing the client as “disordered”, “dysfunctional” or “self-sabotaging”, the Hale Method ™ starts from the premise that every client is a normal human being who is coping with abnormal situations in the best way that is currently available to them.
The Hale Method ™ empowers clients by beginning with psychoeducation, to enable them to understand how their emotional system works, and why they are experiencing their current challenges.
The psychoeducation is science-based, with current scientific understanding explained in accessible layman’s terms. There is considerable focus on the phenomenological experience of the physiological and neurological events, to allow clients to identify processes bason on how they feel while they are happening.
The Hale Method ™ is SKILLS BASED
Medicalizing emotional skills has resulted in a lot of unhelpful mystification. At the root, managing emotions is a skill like any other, and we can learn it, as we can learn any other skill.
Some children learn to swim at such an early age that they feel they have always known how to swim. For people who grow up learning emotional skills from their parents at an early age, it can be difficult to identify with clients who were deprived of that education. It is easy to pathologize that which we do not understand.
The Hale Method ™ is a step-by step process for learning the emotional skills that we all needed to learn as children, but many of us weren’t taught.
To work effectively with emotions, we need to maintain our system in a regulated state – active enough to think clearly and make choices, but not so overactive that we rush into choices without fully considering all the available options.
Emotional regulation skills allow us to “dial up” or “dial down” the activity in our nervous system to maintain it in the “green zone”, where we are optimally functional. Many clients describe this aspect of the program alone as “life-changing”.
Emotional Awareness and Release
Once we have the confidence that we can regulate whatever emotions may arise, it is possible to learn a deep and detailed awareness of our emotional world – the physiology, thoughts and other experiences which arise as a result of our emotional processes.
For many people, this awareness is a whole new domain, and it makes available a range of information and choices that are simply inaccessible while this awareness is blocked.
For “empaths”, whose experience is constantly swimming in a sea of other people’s emotions, this awareness is the key to establishing healthy “energetic boundari
Breaking Repeating Patterns
Sometimes, awareness by itself is not enough to release a stored emotion. In some cases (actually in many cases!) we have developed a range of coping strategies to protect our conscious mind from becoming aware of the core stored emotion.
These coping strategies may be relatively simple (addictions, emotional eating, distracting in screens) or more complex (substituting a “more acceptable” emotion for a “dangerous” one, such as when girls learn to cry instead of expressing anger, and boys learn to express anger instead of crying). Entire systems of coping strategies can emerge, for example the various forms of what is called “insecure attachment”, codependency, and the creation of a “false self”.
The Hale Method ™ allows clients to gradually and safely approach these core stored emotions, which drive the simple and the complex repeating patterns. It is important to note that there is no need to know or to remember the events which caused those emotions in the first place.
Connecting With The Authentic Self
A unique feature of the Hale Method ™ is the development of a dialogue between the language-based analytical intelligence, and the experience-based embodied intelligence.
This dialogue makes it possible for the analytical intelligence to make plans and decisions that align with the authentic needs and desires of the authentic self.
In addition to the individual, intrapersonal skills outlined above, the Hale Method ™ also includes interpersonal skills – coregulation, empathy, and co-operation (a process by which a person can facilitate the development of emotional skills in another).
Who Is Jenny Hale?
After graduating with Honours in Psychology from the University of Sydney, Jenny began her career as a marketing consultant. After gaining experience working for clients such as Qantas, American Express, Diners Club, and top tier professional services firms, she established her own marketing consulting firm.
In working with small to medium enterprises, she quickly discovered that there is no point delivering more leads to a business of those leads are not converted in to sales, or the company can’t deliver the product and collect payment. She expanded her services to include sales consulting, business process improvement, and project management.
After observing many clients struggling to implement changes they knew were necessary, she researched the emotional components of motivation and decision-making, and learned skills in executive coaching, team management and leadership, to better support clients in getting results.
She specialized in executive coaching and change management for start-ups, family-run businesses in transition, and partnerships, such as legal practices – business where the quality of interpersonal relationships were critical to the success or failure of the business. At times, she also consulted to publicly-listed companies and government departments on management and leadership skills, and coached CEOs and senior executives in a range of industries in multiple countries.
At the same time, she volunteered her skills to a number of community groups, including running workshops and discussion circles on communications skills and relationships.
After gaining an Advanced Diploma in Business Management and a Diploma in Training and Assessment, she spent several years on projects within the Australian vocational education sector, managing the establishment and certification of a new Registered Training Organisation, developing a new Diploma program in business management, and integrating transformational coaching principles into finance and management training programs.
In 2013, she took time out from her corporate career to travel and research the burgeoning fields of mindfulness, traditional transformational practices, plant medicines, and medicine-assisted therapies such as MAPS. Her key focus has been on integration of insights from peak experiences to create greater creativity, productivity and authenticity in day-to-day living.
She now spends most of her time in Thailand, where she runs retreats and training programs, and works one-on-one with individuals and couples. She has a particular expertise in recovery from burnout and complex PTSD, including such complications as addictions and auto-immune illnesses.
In 2019, she brought her vocational education skills to bear to develop effective training programs in the emotional skills which are most vital for surviving and thriving in the 21st century – self-awareness, emotional intelligence, emotional regulation, effective decision-making, and communication skills. These programs are now available through online classrooms and a team of coaches around the world.