A revolutionary way to help patients maintain their mental health

To stem the rising tide of mental illness practitioners must find ways to help more patients in less time.

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Protect your patients with the keystone principles of mental health

Whether you’re a General Practitioner seeing the rise of mental illness in your community, or a Psychologist working on the frontline of the global mental health crisis, Metaphorical Therapy is a powerful and effective new way to support your patients’ psychological health and wellbeing.

Using the visual language of metaphors, the System helps patients internalize the Four Keystone Principles of psychological health – literally at the speed of sight! As all practitioners know, psychological education is essential to the building of frameworks of understanding and to laying the foundations that underlie psychological resilience and behavioural change.

Metaphorical Therapy has been developed over more than three decades by a hands-on consulting psychiatrist. And that is a key differentiator from the medical professional’s point of view.

By establishing a common language of targeted metaphors, the System helps build crucial bridges of understanding between you and your patients. The language of visual metaphors, conjured either by images or by verbal description, empowers you to more effectively engage, connect and communicate with your patients. Discover how you can help more patients in less time.

Metaphorical Therapy will help you work faster and smarter.

Harness the speed of sight

The growing mental illness crisis demands that practitioners do more in less time.

Plugin to other forms of therapy

Metaphorical Therapy can be used effectively on its own, or as a turbo-charger that can fast-track other established methods of cognitive psychotherapy. The system overlaps and enhances family therapy and many other focussed practices, targeting specific issues with laser-like precision.

Educate to build resilience

The concept of education is integral to the Metaphorical Therapy System. By creating a deeper, more intuitive level of understanding of The Four Principles of Psychological Health, patients can build a foundation of resilience to manage and maintain their own mental wellness.

The evidence

Metaphorical Therapy is built upon the proven time-tested foundations of Interpersonal Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.


Further material

Metaphor and the notion of control in trauma talk
Metaphor use in psychotherapy practice has been influenced by conceptual metaphor theory and the “internal target–external source” assumption....
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Finding the middle ground
People traditionally view metaphor as a kind of language play where one thing is described in terms of another...
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How do you feel?

In crisis

I am struggling to hold things together.


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I worry about everything all the time.


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I have been sad and miserable for a long time.


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I continue to use even though I know it is bad for me.

In pain

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I am constantly in pain. It seems to go on and on and it never stops.
Preventing mental illness
Dr Simon Zuscak

“Metaphorical Therapy is a vial that can be filled with any applicable antidote. It is a contemporary tool for bringing together often-disparate therapeutic schools of psychotherapy.”

Dr Simon Zuscak, B.Psych.(Hons), M.Clin.Psych. PhD. MAPS, FCCLP. Clinical Psychologist

“When you think of treatment for depression you think of soft music and gentle music when what you really need is a ripped lifey in red budgie smugglers yelling, ‘Grab this!’ The lifesaver has arrived!”


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