What is psychotherapy?

You may have heard of some of the types of Psychotherapy before such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Existential, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Transactional Analysis (TA), Ego-State….there are many, many more.  My training with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy has been in Integrative Psychotherapy which acknowledges that one theory may not suit every client and sometimes it is better to change approach or to use part of one theory with part of another, whatever works best for the client.

The National Society for Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (2012) defines Psychotherapy as…

Psychotherapy is the provision, by qualified practitioners, of a formal and professional relationship within which a client can explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences.

These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning in one’s life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined. Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and groups.

It should be noted that additional training in psychotherapy or counselling should assist a hypnotherapist in helping you to achieve your goals more effectively. Not all hypnotherapists have this additional training, potential clients should always ask this of any hypnotherapist you are considering consulting.