In individual counseling, Todd has worked with clients dealing with an array of problems and one thing he has discovered is that we all deal with cognitive distortions. Everything a person does begins with a thought (conscious or subconscious) and thoughts will determine feelings, behaviors, and the consequences a person experiences, good or bad. Therefore, when we struggle with distortional thinking, a person will struggle with adverse feelings, behaviors that cause conflict or self-sabotage, and consequences that are unnecessary. Furthermore, the way a person thinks will have an effect on the structure of the brain. Neurological pathways are created by the brain that will support the way the person thinks, whether the thinking is healthy or not.
The neurological pathways of the brain are what produce a person's worldview, better known as our second nature way of thinking. For example, if a person is a victim of childhood abuse and continues thinking of himself or herself as a victim, the way they engage the world can be from a victim stance. This type of person will sabotage relationships, their own joy, will tend to be defensive, and will lack the ability to connect with others due to a lack of vulnerability. By using different methods in counseling a person can learn to examine the way they think, change the purpose of triggers; connect past hurts to current behaviors, and move on to a happier, healthier life.