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What is Psychotherapy?

Since 1994 Shaun Brookhouse has provided Psychotherapy in Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester. He is accredited by the UKCP and uses a solution focused approach

Psychotherapy is the provision, by qualified practitioners, of a formal and professional relationship within which patient(s)/ client(s) can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences.

These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning in ones life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined.

Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and groups.

Psychotherapy is defined by UKCP (2009) as a process “to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way.”

Hypno-psychotherapy originates in procedures and practices discovered and recorded over the last three hundred years. Increasing awareness of the pervasiveness and importance in human experience of what are now more appropriately described as ‘altered state phenomena’ has led to huge shifts in theoretical understanding, convergence with discoveries emerging from modern neuro-science, and much increased consistency in application. This has been accompanied by the creation of a substantial scientific literature.

Hypno-psychotherapy may be valuable to anyone seeking to resolve specific problems, or for personal development. As well as alleviating a range of disadvantageous habits and many physical ailments, hypno-psychotherapy also deals in deep-seated problems involving themes and procedures, in many ways similar to those addressed by many other branches of Psychotherapy. Hypno-psychotherapists take a wide-ranging and eclectic view in helping clients to understand and to alleviate psychological difficulties.

Practice differs from other forms of psychotherapy in the deliberate (direct and indirect) use of altered mental states and supporting therapeutic structures as the principal medium for effecting change. In shorter-term engagements, it can be used to inculcate skills and overcome limiting habits or personal and social inhibitions. During longer-term therapy, the working relationship may present a dynamic context for the client to examine and work through important self-protection issues, including the reframing and resolution of challenging early experiences and liberation from previous blocks to personal development.

Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Manchester has been helping people just like you to make significant improvements in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you would like more information, please contact me at or call 0161 881 1677 for an appointment in Manchester or simply to find out more about clinical hypnosis.