Frequently Asked Questions on Psychotherapy, Counselling and Hypnotherapy
What’s the difference between Counselling, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy?
They are all similar in that their purpose is to assist people to overcome their problems, increase their self esteem and resolve negative feelings and emotions. The difference is in the approach and it is useful for clients to know the difference so that they can choose the best approach for them. Counselling is a term commonly used to cover all types of talking therapies but there are differences between services a Counsellor offers and those of the Psychotherapist for example.
Counselling is a confidential, non judgemental space where clients can discuss their feelings and problems. A counsellors role is usually to listen, reflect back and assist the client in making their own links, decisions and choices. It is usually a gentle, caring, reflective experience and is very effective for many people and problems. Counselling is often cheaper than psychotherapy and coaching and works best when the client sees the counsellor regularly over a longish period of time. Most counsellor training courses are between two and three years duration, although many have much more training than that. Psychotherapy is similar to counselling in that it is a safe, confidential place to talk openly and it is different in its purpose and approach. The purpose of psychotherapy is to assist clients to create long term change by helping them to uncover the ways of thinking that are unhelpful to them and put something more helpful in its place. Psychotherapy is often working at a deep level of the person’s unconscious mind, the process is often more active than a counselling approach, with the Therapist assisting the client to make interventions and changes to their thinking, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Most psychotherapists are trained over four to five years, although many have much more training than that.
Hypnotherapy is similar to psychotherapy in that it is working at the deep unconscious level of the mind and assisting the client to make long term changes and it is different in that the therapist uses hypnosis interventions and relaxation techniques to assist the client in making these changes. Hypnotherapy is about supporting the client to overcome obstacles in their thinking, conscious minded and ultimately unhelpful objections and gain access to the deeper resources we all have inside ourselves. It is not about being controlled by the hypnotherapist, being unconscious or asleep. All of us easily and naturally go into trance most days and hypnotherapy simply makes use of this natural state to help clients solve problems and achieve their goals.
How much do sessions cost?
Private sessions in at our Practices in Frome, near Bath, Somerset or Stirling, Scotland cost £80 an hour. Private sessions are also available in London please contact us for details. Payment is by cash or cheque at each session or in advance by direct bank payment. We also work with private medical insurers and employee schemes. We also offer a free referral service to qualified people in your area, contact us for details.
How long do sessions last?
The first session is usually an hour and then we agree between us the best approach from there. Most clients have weekly or bi weekly sessions of between an hour and a half. Sessions with couples will usually be a minimum of one and a half hours.
How many sessions will I need?
It really depends on you and the nature of the work we do together. Once we have decided to work together, we will agree a number of sessions and we review this periodically to make sure we are on track. As a general guide, NLPt is a fairly brief therapy and in our experience most clients usually have between 8 and 12 sessions, although for some conditions it can be longer. We usually have one or two monthly follow up sessions afterwards which is very useful for reinforcing changes and picking up on any issues.
We are a company looking for someone to work with our staff on a one to one basis, can you help?
Yes, our roots are in corporate coaching and development and we have worked with companies as part of their Executive Coaching Programmes or providing support and counselling to staff through redundancy, relocation and major organisational change. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements.
Do you offer Supervision for therapists and coaches?
Karen offers coaching supervision and Clinical Supervision for Psychotherapists and Counsellors at her practice in Frome, near Bath in Somerset. She also runs a Virtual Supervision group via Skype.
So what next?
The next step is to contact us with any questions or to arrange a session, it is best to do this directly with the person you would like to see. This can either be done on the phone or by e mail. During the first session we will decide between us whether to go ahead and work together. It's an opportunity for us to better understand your situation and what you want to achieve and for you to get to know us better and understand the way we work and decide whether that suits you. Assuming we decide to go ahead we will agree a contract between us. If you feel that we may be too far for you travel please get in touch and will be happy to recommend people we know to be ethical, well qualified and where we’ve had some direct experience of their work.