Psychotherapy literally means "treatment of the mind", Hypnotherapy and Counselling are two approaches contained within this.
It is a verbal interaction between therapist and client aimed at helping you to understand and resolve the problem.
We are all individuals who have a different set of experiences and situations to encounter throughout our lives. Our reactions to these experiences are also unique.
Much of who we are, what we are, what drives us and what motivates us is hidden from our everyday awareness. We build defence mechanisms to disguise the things we find difficult to cope with.
Psychotherapy seeks to treat the whole person. It can help you explore present circumstances that you are finding difficult, experiences from the past that you find hard to come to terms with, or events in the future that you may be worried about.
It helps validate how you are feeling, how your behaviour may be affected, and also how your body and mind may be responding. The therapist will be someone independent from your situation and will be able to be objective.
Psychotherapy can help you make sense of the emotions that are controlling you, and the experiences that trigger them to help you understand and resolve the problem. It will strengthen your ability to cope. Your self-esteem and self-confidence should also increase, helping you to reach your personal potential.
In the early 1980s, Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) was heralded as an important advance in psychotherapy and counselling. NLP is an interpersonal communications model and an alternative approach to psychotherapy based on the subjective study of language, communication and personal change.
Generally the intent of NLP is to increase choice in the underlying representations so that the individual has more choice and flexibility in the world. For example, recognising the way an individual thinks about a problem or a positive outcome has an effect on the way he or she will behave in the world.
How people think, that is what they see, hear, feel, taste and smell internally influences their state and how they will act. NLP is an important influence on my current practise.