chapter  5
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The multimodal approach

Actions may not bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. Benjamin Disraeli

The story behind the development of multimodal therapy is an interesting one. Unlike most other approaches to counselling and psychotherapy it did not develop out of a theory but as a result of one man’s quest to help his clients to find happiness more effectively. This man is Arnold Lazarus. He recognised that individuals were unique and had many dimensions or parts to their personalitywe can think, behave, sense, imagine, feel, relate to others, and at base we have our biological make-up. He therefore called his approach to counselling and psychotherapy multimodal-many ways or dimensions. By considering the interaction of all these different modes, Lazarus believes we can explain almost any psychological problem.