What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a skilled verbal communication, used during hypnosis, which helps direct a client’s imagination in such a way as to bring about intended alterations in sensations, perceptions, feelings, thoughts and behaviour. In a typical hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist will ask the client questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle. The hypnotherapist and client will decide together on the changes or goals that they wish to achieve. To put it simply hypnotherapy re-programs the subconscious mind to change its belief system surrounding the thoughts and behaviors that is causing the distress to the client.
Types of Hypnotherapy
As a client you do not need to understand the different types of hypnotherapy as your therapist will aim to ensure that they use the best methods to suit you as an individual and your particular issues.
As every person is different the best results will be obtained by utilizing the methods that each person will respond to.
Your therapist may have studied and/or trained using a specific type of hypnotherapy or they may have studied a number of different models (or modalities). For example:
In “Traditional Hypnosis” the therapist gives direct suggestions to the unconscious mind. This type of hypnosis works well with those who accept what they are told.
In “Ericksonian Hypnosis,” the therapist will use metaphors to give suggestions and ideas to your unconscious mind. This can be very effective because it helps to eliminate the resistance to change that may come from the conscious mind.
When you first meet with your therapist and discuss the issues you want to work on they will work out a programme of treatment with you and explain what will happen next. (If you want to find out more information about the different models of hypnotherapy then do ask your therapist).
Hypnotherapy is widely used for all psychosomatic disorders. (i.e. those mental and emotional states which actually produce physical symptoms)
In a nutshell, hypnotherapy can generally help with any problem you’re finding hard to handle on your own – thoughts and actions you’d like to banish or acquire, or emotional suffering that is too overwhelming or has gone on too long. Some physical problems can also be treated effectively by hypnotherapy.
What can Hypnotherapy Treat?
This is not an exhaustive list, but is designed to give you an idea of the range of conditions that can be helped by hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness, where you are able to open your mind to beneficial suggestions and where you can make use of your imagination to help make positive changes in your life.
- Alcoholism MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- Anger Management Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Asthma Pain Control
- Breast Enlargement Panic Attacks
- Childbirth (‘Hypnobirthing’) Past Life Regression
- Confidence/Motivation/Self Esteem Phobias (fear of flying, spiders, etc)
- Depression Psoriasis
- Drug Addiction Sexual Abuse
- Eating Disorders Sexual Problems
- Eczema Sports / Work Performance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Stammering
- Insomnia Smoking Cessation
- ME Stress / Anxieties
- Migraine Weight Loss
If you suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia or clinical depression, you should consult your GP before approaching a hypnotherapist.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress. During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client tackle a specific or general problem such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. Depending on the approach used by the therapist, a wide range of techniques and strategies can be used. However, almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviours.
Psychotherapy is increasingly viewed as a distinct profession in its own right, but many different types of professionals engage in psychotherapy regularly. Such individuals include clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, mental health counsellors, occupational therapists and psychiatric nurses.
Types of Psychotherapy
When many people hear the word psychotherapy, they immediately imagine a patient lying on a couch talking while a therapist sits in a nearby chair jotting down thoughts on a yellow notepad.
While many psychotherapists do use this classic type of talk therapy, there are actually a wide variety of techniques and practices used in psychotherapy. The exact approach used in each situation can vary based upon a variety of factors, including the training and background of the therapist, the preferences of the client and the exact nature of problem the client is experiencing.
What are the benefits of Psychotherapy?
The most important factor in successful therapy is the client, not the therapist.
Participating in psychotherapy offers a number of benefits for the client. It is usually helpful to have somebody who really does understand you. Therapy may give the client a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and direct the client towards a solution. Most patients will say that the benefits of psychotherapy include:
- Being able to understand yourself and your personal goals and values better.
- Developing skills for improving relationships.
- It helps the client overcome certain problems, such as an eating disorder, depression, or anxiety.
- Obtaining a solution to the problems or concerns that made the client seek therapy.
What are the disadvantages of psychotherapy?
Some clients may find that the treatment results in changes they had not expected, or did not want.
Some people do not like to have to relive unpleasant events (not all psychotherapy techniques make the client do this).
What does psychotherapy treat?
Psychotherapy is used for treating many different problems. Some alone, and some in combination with drugs. The most commons ones are listed below:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Anxiety disorder, including phobias
- Emotional crises
- Marital problems
- Family disputes
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Personality disorders
- Problems stemming from child abuse
- Behavioral problems
- Bipolar disorder (in combination with drugs)
- Schizophrenia (in combination with drugs).
Hypnotherapy – including free initial consultation
Gastric band weight loss (4 Sessions)
Smoking Cessation (1 session)
Standard 60 minute session
Psychotherapy – (does not include free initial consultation)
60 minute session