On this page is a very brief introduction to each of the four modalities our therapists and coaches work within. This public info page is not designed to be a detailed description – more to give you a taster. It does not go into the various approaches or NLP.
Full details are to be found on the specific pages that can be found on the menu to the right.
Public info: What is counselling?
Counselling is a semi-structured conversation between two or more people. It encourages the client to develop new ways of thinking. Humans are self-aware and have the ability to think about and generate emotions at will. This can be done with clarity and is a huge part of being human.
However, this ability may also cause problems; as the way we think can affect our emotions and behaviours.
Counselling falls under the umbrella of ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to speak about their situation in a confidential and safe environment. A counsellor will listen to you and respect you as a person, so that a trusting relationship can develop. This is non-judgmental and therefore allows a process of exploration to take place in a safe and secure environment. The counsellor will remain neutral to the values and beliefs of the client.
Counselling is a form of psychotherapy that does not involve giving advice or telling the client to take a particular route to reach their goal. Counsellors do not exploit their clients in any way. However; they will encourage you to talk openly about what is troubling you in order to help uncover any root causes and identify how this affects your thinking.
Public info: A simple definition of coaching is:
“A positive process which enables a person, (or team), to progress from where they are, at present, to where they desire to be in the future. This is done at a pace which is correct for them, following a process of internal exploration of the challenges they face and acting upon the discoveries found”.
The coaching process creates clear decisions with well thought outcomes leading to focused plans for committed action. This is achieved through a safe, supporting and trusting relationship between the coach and the coachee, (group of coachees). The process uses specific questioning techniques, emphatic listening skills and intuitive thought leading to purposeful feedback. (This is the definition ACCPH adheres to).
This definition does not describe the processes involved in coaching. This varies dramatically from approach to approach depending on the psychological basis of the methodology being used by the coach. The processes and tools used in a Cognitive-Behavioural coaching session will be significantly different to those of a Transactional one. The different approaches tend to use their own models to elicit changes in their coachees.
Public info: What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a general term that includes different approaches to help sort out aspects of their emotions and behaviours that are causing problems. Psychotherapy has evolved greatly over time and many older ideas and theories are used less and less. Concepts used in counselling and hypnotherapy can be used to create positive changes in how clients feel.
Psychotherapy is a supportive process when going through difficult situations or stressed. Your psychotherapist is there to help you through the pain and help you move forward.
Public info: Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
“a relaxed state of mind that most of us seem to experience at one time or another, often occurring quite spontaneously and typically it can happen while day-dreaming, dropping off to sleep at night, or when simply absorbed in a good book or film. It is simply a very relaxed state, during which time, the critical factor of the mind is often reduced or suspended – although the mind itself and the thought processes therein, can often be found to be very active indeed”.
(This is a definition was found some time ago so we are unable to acknowledge the author – please contact ACCPH to rectify this situation).
Did you realise you can even go into a hypnotic trance when you’re driving! How many times have you driven somewhere, completely safely, and wonder how you got there? You have little conscious recollection of the journey but you have still navigated the route with ease. This is similar to how hypnosis works.
A brief definition of hypnotherapy is:
“Hypnotherapy is a wonderful process; using hypnosis as a tool to easily access the unconscious mind and then unlock the incredible capacity it has to create a powerful beneficial and therapeutic change within the client who had a consciously unsolvable problem.”