A structured approach using counselling and coaching
Personal Consultancy is an integrative approach that combines coaching with counselling and psychotherapy. ‘Consultancy’ refers to the fact that the initial meeting is held to discuss what is going on for the client and what should be done about it. 'Personal' means that the whole process focuses on the person which includes social, emotional and professional issues. The aim of Personal Consultancy is to help the client to solve their own internal conflicts or problems, and to facilitate personal development and future growth. The focus is very much on the client’s strengths and improving their life.
This approach gives us the option to decide where they need to go and what might be holding them back, whether this is based in the past or happening currently. Solutions are always found within the person themselves, and my job as personal consultant is to empower my clients to find the answers. For a more in-depth explanation about this approach see http://www.personalwellbeingcentre.org/individuals/Paper.html
People often seek the help of a therapist when they are experiencing situations in life where they are finding it difficult to cope. They may be suffering from depression, anxiety, bereavement, phobias, relationship issues, breakups or many other situations which might be getting them down. The main difference between a counsellor/psychotherapist lies in the depth of the approach and the amount of time spent in therapy.
Psychotherapy tends to focus on long-standing issues and may take months or years.
Counselling on the other hand, tends to be a shorter term approach. Both approaches however, rely on the therapist using very similar skills.
Therapy is not about telling someone what to do or offering solutions; it is about empowering clients to find their own solutions.
Coaching on the other hand, helps people to focus on the future; to identify what they want and how they can get to that point. It is a powerful conversational intervention which supports clients to achieve better results for themselves and their organisations.
It is about setting goals; having a plan of action; looking at what is currently working well and what will help them going forward to achieve their goal. By helping people to identify their strengths and what is working well, coaching helps as it is very solution focussed with a positive slant. We concentrate on strengths rather than weaknesses, on successes rather than failures; on what we want in the future rather than what has happened in the past.
Coaching, like counselling is not about offering solutions or providing answers but empowering the client to find their own solutions.
Hypnotherapy is an altered state of consciousness (a very deep releaxed state) which you allow yourself to enter. You are in control all the time, you can never be made to do anything you do not want to do and you can come out of it at the snap of a finger. The therapist simply helps you achieve this very deep relaxed state and guides you through the process.
The hypnotic state can feel as if you are in almost asleep, as if you are dreaming or daydreaming and is
actually a natural state which many of us experience daily eg when deeply absorbed in a book of a film.
What happens when in this deeply relaxed hypnotic state is that we can by-pass the barriers to our ‘conscious mind’ so that we can explore our inner thoughts and feelings, and suggestions are acted upon much more powerfully than is possible in a normal state of mind. As the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ experiences, using a range of techniques and suggestions, I can help you to make wanted and needed changes in your life. Past experiences can be explored and hypnotherapy used to create new and positive futures for themselves, without the past dragging them down.
Hypnotherapy can help with many different areas of life including:
Emotional Issues ie Stress, anxiety, panic attacks & depression