The UK council of psychotherapy (UKCP) defines psychotherapy as:
a process to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way”
Hypno-psychotherapy is psychotherapy enhanced by the clinical use of hypnosis. A hypno-psychotherapist differs from a hypnotherapist because they are trained to employ both hypnotic and psychotherapeutic interventions to assist clients to achieve their goals.
We value an integrative approach in hypno-psychotherapy. This means that theories and approaches are utilized from a number of different schools of psychological thought.
The premise of our client/therapist relationship is the unconditional positive regard that we have for you. This means we are ‘on your side’. We won’t judge you or assume we know what is best for you. Whatever therapeutic approach we agree, we respect your autonomy – your right to make choices and take actions based on your personal values and beliefs.
We aim to provide the conditions and opportunities that enable you to make reasoned and informed decisions. This might involve challenging your beliefs and cognitions and exploring alternatives. It might also mean that we help and support you to work through challenging experiences, to understand and resolve them, or look with you at habits and behaviours that were once useful to you and now need to be changed.
Working with us, you are always an active participant. Our approach involves working with you, not ‘doing to you’.