- What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
- How can Counselling and Psychotherapy help me?
- What is Hypnotherapy?
- How can Hypnotherapy Help me?
- Who can receive Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Are the counselling sessions confidential?
- Do I have to tell you things I feel uncomfortable about?
- What theoretical approach is used?
- Useful Links
- What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?When you come to see a therapist or counsellor you are encouraged to talk about the feelings you have about yourself and your situation.The therapist will help you to explore connections between your present feelings and actions and past events.
Feelings, thoughts, wishes, memories and dreams can be explored within the relationship. In this way individuals can be helped to understand unconscious processes which affect our everyday thought and behaviour.
Gradually a greater degree of self-understanding can be achieved, enabling you to find more appropriate ways of being and coping with difficulties.
- How can counselling and psychotherapy help me?
- It offers a reliable and confidential relationship
- Providing support during times of crisis and transition
- Deepening awareness of yourself and your relationships
- Offering a safe place where you can speak about feelings that worry or frighten you
- Making sense of recurring problems and exploring their links with the past
- Challenging repeating unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour.
- What is hypnotherapy?Hypnotherapy attempts to address an individual’s subconscious mind, using the power of suggestion for beneficial change. A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to give relevant, positive beneficial suggestions to help an individual bring about the change they desire. Although hypnotherapy is not the same as sleep (the individual will still have awareness and control), hypnotherapists often require the individual to be in a deeply relaxed state to enable them to use their imagination fully.For this reason, it’s imperative that the individual feels completely comfortable with their hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness from being awake or asleep, and many people compare the deep, relaxed state of hypnosis to daydreaming.
Altered states of awareness have been recognised for thousands of years and hypnosis is widely accepted as a beneficial psychological therapy to access our inner potential. Techniques can be used to reveal issues from an individuals past that may be causing them distress, or the approach can be focused more on their present problems.
Hypnotherapy can generally help with most emotional problems an individual is finding hard to cope with, and some physical problems can also be effectively treated with hypnosis too, such as IBS and insomnia. However, it’s important for an individual to consult their GP before approaching a hypnotherapist if they suffer from clinical depression, epilepsy or schizophrenia.
Hypnotherapists will often combine hypnosis with other psychotherapy and counselling techniques to benefit individuals. The techniques used will depend on the issue the individual is seeking help for.
- How can Hypnotherapy Help me?Hypnotherapy will help you change unwanted limiting beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours and replace them with empowering beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours. It will help you overcome stress, fear, phobia, anxiety and facilitate the healing of childhood trauma.Hypnosis, particularly self-hypnosis, helps you manage chronic and acute pain, including the discomfort of childbirth. You can learn to use self-hypnosis to alleviate the nausea of chemotherapy. Guided visualization used with many hypnosis techniques will help you body heal quickly.
Hypnosis will even help you improve your sports, academic, and artistic performances. Although hypnotherapy is not a panacea, hypnosis can aid or accelerate the positive transformation of almost any situation or issue.
Some common uses of hypnosis include:
- Enhance Relaxation
- Stop Smoking
- Facilitate Weight Loss
- Gain Control Over Habits
- Soothe Anxieties
- Enhance Sports, Academic, and Artistic Performance
- Overcome Fear Such as of Public Speaking
- Manage Pain
- Control Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Control the Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy
- Accelerate Healing
Successful hypnosis depends on two important factors. First, the rapport between yourself and your hypnotherapist is important. Effective hypnosis requires safety and trust. Second, your motivation for change is critical. A good hypnotherapist will help you increase your motivation. However, if you are not serious about change but just want to see if hypnosis will work without effort on your part, then hypnosis is probably not for you. You must be primed and ready for change.
If you are new to hypnosis, it may be a natural or learned experience for you. The experience of hypnosis is subjective and varies from person to person. Some people experience a light trance, as if they had a very relaxing rest. Some will go into a deeper trance, which is similar to the twilight between waking and sleeping and others will experience a very deep trance. Fortunately, all three states are conducive and beneficial for personal change and growth.
- Who can receive Counselling and Psychotherapy
I can offer these services to men, women and children.
- Are the counselling sessions confidential?Yes, all the counselling sessions are confidential. The only occasion I might need to talk to someone else, such as your GP about our sessions, is when I have a serious concern for your safety or the safety of someone else you have mentioned in the session.
- What theoretical approach is used?Instead of using a single theoretical approach I use a number of different tools and techniques in order to help you work through your issues in the most effective way.
- Do I have to tell you things I feel uncomfortable about?No, you don’t. It may be that after awhile you feel safe enough to talk about things that are initially too difficult or painful. But is always your choice.
- Useful Links
- British Psychological Society – www.bps.org.uk
- Mental health information for friends, families and carers – www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk
- Mind – National Association for Mental Health – www.mind.org.uk
- NHS direct – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
- BACP – British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy – www.bacp.co.uk
- Learning – www.homelearningcourses.com
- Childline – www.childline.org.uk
- Samaritons – www.samaritans.org
- INLPTA (International NLP Trainers Association) – www.inlpta.co.uk
- GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register) – www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com