There’s no real direct answer to that question because both have their own strengths. And of course, all counsellors and hypnotherapists work in their own unique way. But hopefully this blog can give you a general idea.
(Here’s a video summary too):
Counselling is generally sought out by people who have something on their minds that they really need to talk about.
The aim of counselling is to provide a safe, confidential space in which you can talk to a professional; someone who’s objective and not involved in the situation.
A counsellor can provide a listening ear and give a fresh perspective. Counselling is usually done over a period of several weeks, or longer in some cases.
Counselling can be used for a variety of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, and anger. It can also be helpful for when you’re going through difficult life events such as bereavement or relationship difficulties.
Counselling gives you the opportunity to:
* Talk about your issues within a safe, confidential environment
* Explore your emotions with the help of a trained professional
* Process any unwanted thoughts that are causing you emotional pain.
Hypnotherapy is generally a more solution-focused approach: people come with a specific issue that they want to resolve as quickly as possible.
Hypnosis is often thought of as a novelty; something that’s just used as a form of light-hearted entertainment, but in reality it has a lot more uses.
Used in a therapeutic setting it’s a very powerful intervention and it can be used for a variety of issues.
Hypnotherapy helps us to access parts of the mind that usually remain hidden throughout our waking life, and by tapping into this it can often speed the healing process up significantly.
People can be a little uneasy about trying hypnosis for the first time, as they imagine it might be like those shows on TV where the hypnotist ‘takes over their mind’.
But in reality it’s very different to that. I do my best to ensure my clients feel completely in control at all times. Most people experience hypnotherapy as a deeply relaxing and enjoyable process in which they can sit back and relax while their mind takes in positive suggestions.
As a therapy, hypnosis is usually much shorter-term than counselling, as it’s usually done in just a few sessions – or even one single session in some cases.
Hypnotherapy can be used for:
And much more.
Counselling and hypnotherapy
A lot of people who come to me want to be able to talk about their issues, AND they also want to resolve them as quickly as possible. When counselling and hypnotherapy are combined together, I find they can create a very powerful mixture.
Counselling provides that safe nurturing space in which they can freely explore their emotions, and hypnotherapy helps us to bypass the busyness of the conscious mind and get to the root of the issues, in a deeply relaxing way.
Now, as always, there are some exceptions. Sometimes counselling is briefer and more solution-focused (eg CBT), and sometimes hypnotherapy can be done over a longer term (eg hypno-analysis). And, as I already mentioned, every therapist has their own way of working.
My own way of working often includes a mixture of different therapies, including EFT, NLP and Kinetic Shift, as well as counselling and hypnotherapy. I tailor my style to each client to ensure they get most effective kind of help possible.
So if you’re currently trying to decide between counselling and hypnotherapy, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk to a few therapists to check out your options. Most therapists are happy to conduct a short telephone consultation free of charge, so you can decide whether they’re the right ‘fit’ for you.
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And whichever therapy you decide to go for, I wish you the best of luck on your journey.
Lisa Murphy BSc.(hons), PG Dip. Couns., Dip.C.Hyp/NLP, is a fully qualified experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist based in Cambuslang, Glasgow. Lisa specialises in anxiety, anger management, and weight loss.