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  • Luke Clough

Hypnotherapy v Counselling

Here at Cambridge Hypnotherapy we get a lot of enquiries from people asking about the difference between hypnotherapy and traditional counselling. I thought I’d take a few moments to give you a quick breakdown and hopefully highlight how we see Hypnotherapy as a quicker and easier way to change for you.

The brain:

The way the brain works, although a very complex organ, is pretty simple and straightforward. It is simply a computer inside your head that is constantly processing information and running behaviours accordingly. Whatever the situation we are in, whatever we touch, taste, hear or see is simply information that floods into our brain. We then unconsciously process that information, make sense of it and then choose a behaviour that fits. There is an input, a process and an output.

Which bit to work on

The input is completely out of our control, as we cannot dictate situations or other what people say/do. The output is the behaviour that needs to change, and that is what counselling tries to do however working with that, we feel, is a much harder way to change. You have to learn coping strategies which by default means we are learning to live with the problem. Imagine having an anxiety attack and trying to manage it? Those who suffer with anxiety will tell you how exhausting and near on impossible that is. Imagine someone with an alcohol problem not drinking, but still believing it is the best way to escape their problems. They would desperately want alcohol all day yet not be able to drink it. Sooner or later they will probably be so desperate to escape their issue that they will end up having a drink and be back at square one. You will always be treating the symptoms, so we believe the best way to make the change desired is to go to the middle part of this process. We can help our clients change the way their mind thinks about certain things. If this happens then the mind has to find a new behaviour to suit its new programming. They will also find themselves behaving completely differently without even having to put effort in as the mind will be doing it unconsciously.

We can help you

So what would you like to change? Would you like to  let go of a phobia, drink less, let go of anxiety, stop smoking or anything else in fact? We can help you do this in a very quick and easy way, so why not fill out the form on the right to arrange a complimentary initial consultation, we’d love to speak with you!


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