Psychotherapy is a process where through conversation we can discover what makes you behave and respond in the ways that you do. Through dialogue, and a safe place to explore your hopes and fears, you come to understand yourself and discover what you want.
NLP is the study of subjective experience, and a powerful change technique. The better able we are to understand that process in ourselves, the better able we are to communicate our needs and wants to others.
Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. In general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re thinking or feeling further, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint.
Common subjects that can be addressed within counselling include the following:
Wherever there is a physical addiction to a substance or activity - there is likely to be a psychological addiction too. Counselling aims to relieve the psychological addiction by exploring the root cause while helping to develop new ways of thinking.
Losing a loved one is a difficult event in anyone’s life. The loss can bring up a wide range of emotions including guilt and anger. Some people benefit from speaking openly to a counsellor about their feelings to help ease the process and resolve any remaining issues they may have.
Being the victim of any form of abuse, whether it’s verbal or physical can lead to issues that may affect you all of your life. Counselling can offer victims the chance to seek help from authorities (if appropriate) as well as addressing the psychological repercussions in a safe environment.
Suffering from a long-term illness such as cancer or dementia can turn anyone’s world upside down. Counselling can help sufferers come to terms with their illness while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Suffering from a mental health issue such as schizophrenia or depression can feel incredibly isolating. Counselling looks to discuss the feelings that arise in conjunction with these kinds of mental health issues as well as overcome any personal challenges or frustrations.
Covering all types of relationships, counselling can be used to discuss issues within families, friendships and couples. Problems could involve anything from a poor relationship with a parent through to an abusive relationship.
Whether you’ve been involved in an accident or you have been the victim of abuse, the psychological impact of trauma can last years after the event itself. In a counselling session trauma victims are encouraged to explore their feelings regarding the incident and look into how these could be resolved or changed.
Feelings of stress, anxiety and low self-esteem are becoming all too common in today’s society. Counselling can offer practical advice for overcoming these kinds of issues as well as allowing you the space to vent your frustrations and feelings.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It can help you deal with problems in a more positive way by looking for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 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 viscous cycle. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 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.
Hypnosis is the ability to induce trance. We all experience trances many times a day: day dreaming; reading a book; being engrossed in a film; and just before drifting off to sleep. These natural, relaxed states are known as Hypnoidal States. Because we all do this naturally, we are all able to enjoy hypnosis. The therapist reproduces these phenomena in the client so that the client naturally goes into a trance. When we are in a relaxed state, we are more open to consider new ideas and suggestions because our resistance to change and new ideas is lowered. Therefore, while in trance, therapeutic interventions may be used to facilitate change.
These may be classified under the headings of Direct Suggestion, Counselling, NLP, Desensitisation and many other traditional approaches to therapeutic change. It is believed that in Hypnosis we accept therapeutic change at an unconscious level and so achieve our aim quickly and thoroughly. The advantage to the subject is to dramatically reduce time spent in therapy.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, uses the meridian, or energy lines of the body. Tapping on these energy points while focussing on the issue, causes a balancing or reduction of energy, experienced as anxiety within the body.