Kerry Loxton

Treatment Rationale

The treatment modality used at Abbotts Psychologist Hypnotherapist centers on supportive therapeutic counselling, cognitive-behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and self-regulation practice.

Supportive Therapeutic Counselling

Supportive therapeutic counselling is a treatment interventional approach with experimentally proven outcomes.

The primary focus of supportive therapeutic counselling is on the establishment and maintenance of a supportive relationship with the client. This relationship can be viewed as being analogous to a friendship. However, the supportive therapeutic relationship differs significantly from that of a friendship. The main way in which it differs is that the relationship is change rather than friendship driven. The focus is on change; a change of thinking and consequently a change of behaviour.

The process of therapy is one of growth, development and empathetic understanding. The therapist directs all treatment sessions. The direction in which the treatment sessions take is guided by the therapistís understanding of personality and psychopathology. The therapistís understanding of the client and of their environment (and/or situation) is assessed against the therapistís theoretical and practice knowledge. In this fashion, the therapist evolves a comprehensive understanding of the client, their environment and therapeutic needs. The focus of this understanding is on the healthy, adaptive, and positive aspects of the client.  Self-esteem is actively enhanced, and stabilization promoted. Regression is avoided, and positive adaptive behaviours are encouraged. Suggestion is utilized, as is advice giving and reassurance. Personal empowerment is crucial.

A sense of self as a strong, healthy and resilient individual is fostered, as is empathetic understanding of others. Problem solving and decision-making are explored and the client's strengths and stress coping skills actively enhanced.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive-behavioural therapy refers to a group of therapies that aim to reduce dysfunctional emotions and behaviour by altering behaviour and by modifying thinking. It is based on the hypothesis that inappropriate and unhelpful beliefs, attitudes and values, ineffective stress coping styles and problem-solving skills, negative mood states and negative thinking patterns, all interact to perpetuate psychological difficulties.

Cognitive-behavioural therapists believe that a change in symptoms is brought about through a change in thinking and behaviour. A change in thinking and/or behaviour is encouraged through the use of a range of cognitive and behavioural strategies including the practice of new behaviours and problem-solving approaches, analysis of faulty (or irrational) thinking, and the fostering of positive (adaptive) self-talk.

 Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis (or hypnotherapy) is a therapeutic technique designed to help the patient focus their attention inward to achieve a state of deep relaxation.  Once in this state (i.e. the hypnotic state) the deeper self is susceptible to suggestion (ideas or concepts). The suggestions presented by the therapist are designed in such a way as to foster self-esteem, enhance personal growth and self-development, to empower the individual to assume control, reduce or eliminate symptoms, and to encourage a positive self-and worldview.

 Self-Management Practice

Self-management practice refers to the use of certain psychological and behavioural tools utilized by the patient to gain control over certain aspects of his or her internal state and external environments, toward the achievement of desired outcomes.

Self-management practices that modify thought processes include self-statement modification, reducing negative thoughts, setting attainable goals, the employment of stress reduction strategies, control and focus of attention, re-framing, developing a mental plan, engaging in positive self-talk, and utilization of visual imagery (visualization).

Self-management practices that modify behaviour processes include self-management of behaviour, direct environment or situational change, relaxation training and meditation.

Self-management practice can be used by all individuals to achieve desired goals, positive outcomes, well-being and happiness.  

 

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Abbotts Psychologist Hypnotherapist

Specialist Hypnosis Centre

3 Beach Street

GRANGE SA 5022

82352679