As a counsellor and hypnotherapist I often get asked the question ‘which is better – counselling or hypnotherapy?
Both types of therapy have their own strengths. And of course, all counsellors and hypnotherapists work in their own unique way. In this blog / vlog I discuss the merits of each. I hope it helps you make your decision to find the therapy that’s right for you.
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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:
* Fears and phobias
* Anger management
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 CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EFT Tapping, and NLP , as well as counselling and hypnotherapy. I tailor my style to each client to ensure they get most effective kind of help possible.
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And whichever therapy you decide to go for, I wish you the best of luck on your journey.
Lisa Murphy is a counsellor and hypnotherapist who specialises in anger management, anxiety, and weight loss.
Sarah Thompson says
Ive just read your post and was very interested in what you had to say.
Im wondering if you would be kind enough to give me some advice.
Im 48 and after spending over 30years in the beauty industry ive decided on a complete career change.
I am a very empatic and helpful person whom everyone comes to for advice and support, I am also a good listener and care for others mental wellbeing. Over the years people have said why dont i train to become a Counsellor or a teacher??
Im quite a spiritual person and an extremely good listener. I am looking at courses in counselling or hypnotherapy and wondered if you could offer me advice on these two options.
I would be very grateful if you could offer any advice and steer me in the right direction for best study options.
Thank you so much and I hope to hear from you soon.
LC Murphy says
Hi Sarah, I would check out the BACP website, they will have the best study path options there for you. Best of luck in your new career! Lisa