The treatment modality used at Abbotts
Psychologist Hypnotherapist centers on supportive therapeutic counselling,
cognitive-behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and self-management 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
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.
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.
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 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.
practice can be used by all individuals to achieve desired goals, positive
outcomes, well-being and
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Abbotts Psychologist Hypnotherapist
Specialist Hypnosis Centre
3 Beach Street
GRANGE SA 5022