Types of Therapy
Therapy takes many different forms and there are numerous varieties. I take an integrated psychotherapeutic approach and therefore I am free to pick and choose between the tools that will really help you as an individual. Some of these tools will include Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery and Visualisation. I definitely don’t subscribe to a set ‘model’ of therapy and all of our sessions are practical and tailored specifically to your needs as we go along.
I frequently see clients who have already experienced some NHS offered therapy. For many, this has been helpful and for others, they’d disagree. In general, the NHS tends to offer CBT therapy, which in my experience works wonderfully for some issues, and not so well for others. Whatever your opinion of NHS therapy, I can confidently say that our sessions are a very different experience.
All that you really need to know is that during our sessions you will be able to speak freely, without fear of being judged and you will be respectfully listened to at all times. All of our sessions are completely confidential* and I will be asking relevant questions and clarifying information in order to provide you with the most appropriate therapy to help you to move forward.
*Every session between you, the client, and me, the therapist is completely confidential unless I believe there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others. We will discuss confidentiality at our initial session and the sessions will only go ahead if you are comfortable with this.
Hypnotherapy is the use of therapy while a client is under hypnosis. Hypnosis is any artificial method which is used to access the programming state of the brain. Please don’t confuse hypnotherapy with any kind of stage hypnosis that you may have seen advertised or on TV as this is NOT what will happen in a therapy session. Hypnosis is not therapy. There are a few articles on my blog page about this.
In a hypnotherapy session, I will begin by relaxing you deeply so that your brain moves into a trance state. As humans, we go in and out of trance all of the time. It is a perfectly normal part of the way our brain functions.
Accessing the trance state allows the unconscious brain, that is accessed whilst dreaming, to come to the fore. New learning takes place in the unconscious mind and we can solve problems and rehearse new behaviour while in trance. While under hypnosis I will make therapeutic suggestions which will help in the treatment of the issues that you have come to see me with.
People experience hypnotherapy in different ways. Some may feel like they’ve had a nap, some will drift in and out of conscious thought. You may hear all of what I say, or you may completely miss parts. All of this is fine and normal. You will ‘wake up’ feeling deeply relaxed and refreshed and any suggestions that I have made will be accepted. You are in no danger and cannot get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. I will always ensure you are fully back with me feeling alert, aware and great (if a little tired), before you leave my room.
Psychotherapy is simply a talking therapy working with mental and psychological issues. It can be used alone or where appropriate in conjunction with prescribed medication that your GP may have issued you. Recent studies have shown that anti-depressant medication is more effective when taken in combination with some therapies such as CBT.
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. CBT can help you manage your problems by changing the way that you think and behave. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the neuro part) through the use of language (the linguistic part) and other types of communication to enable the person to ‘re-code’ the way the brain responds to stimuli (the programming part) and manifest new, more positive behaviours. You can use NLP methods and insights to be more in charge of your own thoughts and feelings.
Sometimes in life you don’t have a specific problem. You just feel a bit ‘stuck’. This can be in your career or in your personal life.
Coaching and mentoring is generally commenced on the premise that clients are self-aware and do not require a therapeutic intervention.
Coaching is training or development where I can help you in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. If you don’t have a goal in mind but feel that you’re not moving forward this in itself can be the subject of a coaching session.
Coaching is about helping you to gain personal insight and to discover more about who you really are – and where you want to be!
It can help with confidence and self-esteem and can assist with issues such as public speaking and nerves.