What is Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are generic terms used to describe a range of styles of talking therapy that usually provide someone with a safe space to explore difficult issues and to develop ways of changing. A vital component is what’s called the ‘therapeutic relationship’ which is key to the successful outcome of talking therapy, no matter what style or modality of therapy is used.

Please go to the It’s Good To Talk website for more information on the different main types of talking therapy.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing which was first developed in the USA in 1987 by Francine Shapiro. It is an approach approved by the NHS in the UK for addressing the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) although is used for a lot of other difficulties relating to trauma even if the individual is not diagnosed with PTSD. It is based on the client following the therapist’s fingers with their eyes while recalling aspects of the original event being targeted although other methods can be used that do not involve eye movements.

It is a very powerful approach that can really connect in with all aspects of the traumatic event and can bring about permanent change in the person’s symptoms, beliefs and behaviours. It can be very helpful with situations where it might be embarrassing to disclose the details of the event as this is not necessary.

Please go to the EMDR Association website for more information on EMDR.

What is EFT?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and is often called ‘tapping’. It involves repeating a phrase – or specific elements of a phrase – relating to a particular difficulty the client is experiencing. Different parts of the body are tapped in sequence while speaking out loud the phrase or parts of the phrase. It can bring about a rapid change in symptoms and has the benefit of not necessarily needing to investigate what might be the cause of the problem (described by some as ‘psycho-archeology’).

At face value it appears to be a peculiar approach but can bring about rapid results with the added benefit that the client can repeat the tapping process at home.

Please go to the main EFT website for more information on EFT.

What is Hypnosis?

A state of relaxation and/or level of concentration that the average individual reaches daily. Self-hypnosis is accomplished most often when you are “absorbed” in a TV programme, or experiencing repetition (motorway driving) or daydreaming. However, “Hypnotherapy” is guided relaxation and/or concentration where the ideas expressed (suggestions) by the therapist are generally remembered more readily which, in turn, creates a new awareness.

The only requirement for getting therapeutic results is that you must have a conscious desire to change or be in agreement with the suggestions. Depending on your motivations, there may be a shift in attitude about specific matters (habits and stresses).

Do people do things under hypnosis that are against their morals or values?

No. You will not do anything against your own morals and judgement. In stage hypnosis, volunteers are often under the influence of alcohol and have come to the show for the purpose of relaxing, acting silly and having a good time; therefore, they are easily encouraged to do so. If you were told to do something out of character or against your morals while under hypnosis, you would simply refuse, laugh at it, or awaken (i.e. regain normal awareness).

Can everyone be hypnotised?

Yes. As long as you are willing and have the ability to concentrate and/or relax. There is a positive correlation between the ability to concentrate and the depth of hypnosis.

Can a person’s memory be erased?

No. If you are undergoing hypnosis and want to remember, you will. In some cases, amnesia can be produced with a post-hypnotic suggestion, but it wears off as quickly as you wish it to. However, a Certified Hypnotherapist can help a person transform a memory that may be causing problems. The mind contains unconscious memories, which generally are responsible for our decisions, attitudes, feelings and behaviours.

Do people under hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious?

No. You should not expect to go to sleep! Hypnosis is a hyper-state of awareness that feels very relaxing. You will be aware of everything that is occurring in the surrounding environment, as well as what is happening in your inner mind. Some people may go out of hypnosis by falling into natural sleep, but if you do, you will be told to awaken.

What can be treated with hypnotherapy?

A qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist has the capabilities to help alleviate or transform a multitude of symptoms and problems.