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About The Work/Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR)

The Work (also known as IBSR) was discovered by Byron Katie and is a method of identifying and questioning thoughts which provoke stress and suffering - these may be beliefs emanating from early childhood.  It is an experiential, meditational practice which can lead to profound changes in a person's life.  Consisting of four questions and 'turnarounds' (i.e. a way of considering different perspectives to an identified stressful belief), The Work is simple and yet potent.

The Work has been used to address a wide range of issues including: parenting, grief and loss, stress associated with physical illness, sexual and psychological abuse, addictions, work-related stress and social problems.  In addition, it has been employed in various educational and institutional settings and in different populations including those with diagnosed mental illnesses, war veterans, prisoners and people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

People who practice IBSR report a range of benefits including, but not limited to: 

  • lower stress levels
  • a reduction in depression
  • reduced anxiety
  • less anger
  • healthier relationships
  • improved mental clarity
  • more peace 

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Here is a video of Byron Katie doing the Work with someone:

An Introduction to the Work of Byron Katie video

About Jacqui Luff 

Jacqui (BA.Psych, M.Counselling, Dip. Hypnotherapy) is a counsellor, hypnotherapist and certified facilitator of the Work (IBSR).  Jacqui completed her certification in the Work in January 2014 and her Master of Counselling in December 2016.  Her Masters research dissertation explored IBSR as a counselling intervention.