Hypnotherapy – The hypnotherapist will seek to put a client in a deeply relaxed hypnotic state which will allow the therapist to talk directly with the person’s subconscious. In this way the therapist can uncover negative thoughts or beliefs and replace these with more positive ones. If you go to my blog page you will see many examples of how this can help from a fear of flying to weight management and helping people become non-smokers. While some experience profound change in a single session, it is more usual to take 4 to 6 sessions depending on what the client wishes to achieve. The charge for each session tends to be more than for counselling as the therapist has to prepare a personalised hypnotic screed for each session.
Counselling – The therapist will listen carefully to a client and get them to explore their problem and how they process their thoughts and ideas. A psychotherapeutic approach is based on the premise that we are products of our past and the therapist will most likely get you to look back at your early years. In this way the therapist does not get caught up in your problems but listens, offers you empathy and an opportunity to reflect on your life by ‘walking beside you and looking around to see things you may have missed’; this can lead to empowerment and a new approach. Counselling tends to be a longer process depending on the issue but can take from 6 – 10 weeks or in some cases longer.
Regardless of hypnotherapy or counselling you need to find a suitable therapist who is qualified and able to offer the right help. Research indicates the therapeutic relationship, that between the client and the therapist, is probably the most significant factor in resolving an issue. The counselling directory describes the therapeutic relationship as being ‘the connection and relationship developed between the therapist and client over time. Without the therapeutic relationship there can be no effective or meaningful therapy.’
There are many therapists available; you may even have searched one of the directories before coming across this blog. At Plain Sailing Therapy I recognise each person is different and needs vary from one individual to another; some people may be after a quick solution while others may need much longer to explore and resolve issues.
During our initial contact, either on the phone or during our initial consultation I will listen carefully as we discuss your issue. Based on what has been discussed we will decide together the best approach and as therapy progresses we will review and if necessary utilise whatever approach best suits your particular needs. Your wellbeing and mental health are the single most important aspect of therapy.