Psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy uses psychological methods to treat problems in how we think, feel or behave. The methods and thinking behind psychotherapy have probably been around for as long as people have suffered problems, but the term itself goes back to around the 19th century and in the 20th century it was popularised by leading figures such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

An important part of psychotherapy is storytelling. What do I mean by this? Well, there are stories that we tell ourselves every day, for example, “I’m somebody who is just not any good at things like X” or “I’m somebody who always has to do X”. Recognising these stories and understanding how we’ve come to believe them can help to start changing them.

One of my favourite sayings is “If you always do what you’ve always done – then you’ll always get what you always got.”

But if you’re reading this then you do want to make a change, don’t you?

What is hypno-psychotherapy?

You might have come to my site looking for hypnotherapy, and I do offer that. However, I am also a qualified hypno-psychotherapist, meaning that I can combine hypnotherapy with principles and practices from psychotherapy. In this way, I can help people with more complex problems than other hypnotherapists may be able to.

Are there different types of Psychotherapy?

You might hear of psychotherapists who subscribe to different types, such as ‘Jungian’ (after Carl Jung who I mentioned earlier), Gestalt and numerous others. My hypno-psychotherapy training combined different schools of psychotherapy with hypnosis. As a result, I take a bespoke approach based on your particular needs.

What conditions can Psychotherapy be used to treat?

Psychotherapy can be useful in treating a wide range of conditions, but examples include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Phobias
  • Unwanted habits
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Depression

What will happen at a psychotherapy session?

As I’ve mentioned, I take an individualised approach based on your particular needs. The first session will be longer to help me get an understanding of your situation. Sessions may or may not also include hypnosis, based on what I think to be most appropriate for your particular needs.

Psychotherapy is sometimes called ‘the talking treatment’ (though it can involve other things too), so you will have to be ready to open up and explore what’s brought you to me.

I sometimes say to my clients that a problem is like pulling a thorn out of your heel. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it’s only once the thorn is out that you can begin to properly heal. The alternative is to settle for hobbling. Which option do you want to choose?

How can you book a psychotherapy session?

If you feel ready to book a session or if you’d just like to find out some more, please visit the Bookings & Contact page.

As I’ve mentioned, I take an individualised approach based on your particular needs. The first session will be longer to help me get an understanding of your situation. Sessions may or may not also include hypnosis, based on what I think to be most appropriate for your particular needs.

Psychotherapy is sometimes called ‘the talking treatment’ (though it can involve other things too), so you will have to be ready to open up and explore what’s brought you to me.

I sometimes say to my clients that a problem is like pulling a thorn out of your heel. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it’s only once the thorn is out that you can begin to properly heal. The alternative is to settle for hobbling. Which option do you want to choose?