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Cognitive Therapies

Many of our therapists practice a more cognitive approach to their work with clients.  Sometimes, this will be advised as a standalone approach to helping a client or might be utilised in conjunction with another therapy.  This will depend on how complex a persons personal history is.

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Many symptoms are successfully treated with cognitive therapies, such as anxiety, depression, weight loss, relationship issues, anger management and addictions to name a few.

The number of sessions required will vary from client to client and the approach used, but typically 8 to 10 sessions is normal.

One of the benefits of using this type of approach is that clients report feeling an improvement in their symptoms early on in therapy.

The main difference between the type of approach and a psychodynamic approach is that we are aiming at helping clients learn to manage their symptoms rather than a total resolution of their symptoms.

Generally speaking the more effort, a person puts into their tasks between sessions, the more successful they will find the outcomes. Providing intensive effort is putting in many of the new learnings can become an unconscious process. In other words, they will find themselves processing their thoughts in a new way, quite unconsciously.

Typical tasks and areas of learning surrounding you such as your beliefs around your problems and yourself and ways of adjusting these in a positive way. Your psychological foundations will be explored and worked on over a number of sessions and you would be taught ways of strengthening and improving them. Additionally, things like thinking styles, your personality type will also be explored and you would be taught ways of modifying them to help manage your symptoms.

Questionnaires will be used as a way of measuring where you are psychologically speaking at the beginning of therapy, and they are then usually repeated at the end of your treatment to monitor your success. Some of our therapists may ask you to return after two or three months to do the repeat questionnaires to ensure that your progress is ongoing.

Different Approaches - a Therapist Point of View

Membership of the IAEBP was originally only available to those who had undertaken our in-house IAEBP approved course covering hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis.  Over the years however, many of our therapists have developed their skills and now practice many other forms of cognitive and humanistic types of therapy.  And so membership is welcomed and now available to qualified therapists who may not necessarily practice hypnotherapy or hypnoanalysis or have undertaken our in-house course.

Some of our therapists are Diploma trained counselors who work with a range of theories and approaches others offer life coaching and others practice what we term beliefs work.

Many of our therapists also offer what the organisation terms beliefs work. This may be offered as a standalone therapy for a client or in conjunction with something else, including hypo analysis. 

As the name suggests, much of the work revolves around clients limiting beliefs and helping them to overcome these. Cognitive tasks are set for clients to work on between sessions to help them to learn to manage their presenting symptoms or to help them to come to terms sometimes with their hypnosis experience. Some of the work draws from the work of positive psychology, helping clients to draw out the best that already exists within them.

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