I'm Europe's Leading Hypnotherapist and a Confidence Coach with over ten years experience established in Harley Street for over six years and I also work international on Skype. I share my personal and professional opinion on what the difference is between counselling and hypnotherapy.
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Perhaps you are reading his as you want to discover the difference between counselling and hypnotherapy because you are thinking about working through a particular issue or you simply want to discover how to be more of who you are. You may be a therapist yourself and wanting to research these differences.
I am a hypnotherapist and coach. I have done undertaken training in counselling/psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and coaching. I have been in therapy, psychotherapy. I went to see a cognitive behavioural therapist. I have been hypnotised and been coached (and still am coached) by the some of the leading coaches in the world.
This article is a mixture of own personal experience of the difference between counselling and hypnotherapy as well as from a professional viewpoint.
It's important to note that each person is different and one approach may be more suitable to another. So trust your gut instinct. Speak to different therapists, hypnotherapist or even coaches. Ask questions, explore who resonates with you and what you are looking for. Are you simply looking for a friendly ear to vent. Or are you looking for someone who will walk with you on your journey. Challenge when needed. Say things that other people are too afraid to. Someone who doesn't get caught up in your stories. Someone who believes in you and offers you a space of empathy, growth, empowerment and possibilities.
Many people come to hypnotherapy as a last resort - they have tried counselling or psychotherapy however didn't get the results they wanted.
People sometimes underestimate hypnosis, believing it is restricted to weight loss, stop smoking and public speaking. However, in recent years it has become a dynamic therapeutic process which can really make a difference in someone's life. Not only does hypnosis help people to understand themselves, actions and thoughts much more quickly than traditional talking therapies it also helps to create powerful changes in their lives.
I decided to write this article to explain the differences between hypnotherapy and counselling.
Counselling is a space where a person (client or patient as some therapists calls them) meets with a counsellor once a week for 10 weeks, or if they are undertaking psychotherapy it can be a process which lasts up to 3 or more years attending once, twice or even three times a week.
Counselling is not proactive or dynamic. Talking, support and reflecting is mainly what happens in counselling and psychotherapy and although these are very important aspects as some people do need a safe space to do that. I feel a fundamental part of the process is missing in traditional counselling and that is giving clients the tools to make the changes in their life.
Limitations of counselling - Some of my clients who have previously had counselling before they work with me said they understand the issue and themselves more however the therapist didn't support them to make the necessary changes before just understanding.
Hypnotherapy is a process which is much more proactive and dynamic than counselling and psychotherapy as hypnosis goes straight to the unconscious and subconscious part of the mind quickly and much more effectively than traditional taking therapies.
From this place change can and does happen very quickly and effectively. While some people do experience profound change within one session, although generally I work with people for around six sessions - depending on what they wish to achieve.
Like any process, there are many different types of Hypnotherapist and approaches. If you have a complex issue such as sexual problems, sexual abuse, addictions or eating disorders it's important you do your research and work with a hypnotherapist who is qualified to work within these areas as unfortunately some hypnotherapy training is very inadequate.
Limitation of hypnotherapy - Some hypnotherapist are not trained to a high level and become jack of all trades - working with stop smoking to sexual abuse - and are not actually experience to work with deep emotional issue. Some of my clients who have been to a hypnotherapist who wasn't experienced before they came to me say - the hypnotherapist said they only needed one session - to heal sexual abuse or to fix erectile dysfunction.
Healing, happiness and empowerment in the 21st Century
Where do hypnotherapy and counselling fit in the 21st Century and our modern lives?
During my counselling and psychotherapy training six years ago I found the training outdated, stuck in the world of Freud and Klein, it was very much focussed on the past, using transference as the tool - which takes many years for a client to overcome their problems. We as a society have moved on, while I respect the work that some of the pioneers did I really believe that therapy needs to be updated so reflect these changes and this is where hypnotherapy comes in - a powerful, dynamic and creative therapeutic tool which can effectively and quickly help people.
During my hypnotherapy training ten years ago I found the training to be very limited and doesn't dive in deep enough for hypnotherapist to fully support people to heal and overcome many complex issues. However I see this is beginning to change and the some hypnotherapy training is becoming more updated to include therapeutic understanding.
If you would like to find out more about me, please visit Hypnotherapy in London or call me on 075 34213557.