Uncommon Therapists can help you with…

Panic Attacks
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Fear of Public Speaking
Sport Performance

How to choose counselling or psychotherapy that helps - quickly.

If you are here you are probably looking for help. Not all psychotherapy and counselling (these terms are interchangeable) are the same. Perhaps you’ve had therapy before and got some benefit. Maybe it helped to talk to someone but somehow you still had the problem. If you have been suffering then the first part of any therapy should get you feeling better fast.

The hallmarks of effective therapy

Everybody sometimes finds that life and emotional problems bring them down. Good therapy should teach you skills and give you abilities that you didn’t have before. It should also get you feeling better, more optimistic and have a greater sense of control.

For example good therapy for depression should not only lift the depression quickly but also prevent future relapses back into depression later on in life (1)

An Uncommon Therapist has graduated from the Uncommon Knowledge Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. You can tell if they are a genuine graduate as they will appear on our therapist list.

An Uncommon therapist above all focuses on your comfort and health and wellbeing. Painful explorations of unhappy pasts is an old fashioned out dated therapy idea. Because of how the brain learns we now know that purely focusing on the bad stuff tends to produce...more bad feelings.

A good therapist works with great empathy like an emotional coach teaching you skills and providing a combined therapy of all the best approaches such as solution focused hypnotherapy, cognitive and behavioral approaches. As a human being, you have instincts, thoughts and behaviours. Uncommon therapy applies to all these parts of you, not just one.

The confusing choice in counselling and therapy

Since the 1960’s there has been a bewildering number of different types of therapies on offer. But human psychological problems don’t actually vary that much (2)

So much is now known about how emotional problems ‘work’ and how they are caused and also the best way to lift them. Psychotherapy/counseling is slowly catching up with the latest scientific information. If you need a tooth extracted or filled you don’t want hundreds of different approaches, you want to feel there is a consensus as to what has gone wrong and what needs to happen next. You also want treatment to be quick, effective and comfortable!

Uncommon therapists are up to the minute as far as psychological insight and technique is concerned.

What your Uncommon Therapist won’t do

  • Your Uncommon Therapist won’t sit passively nodding occasionally but offering no guidance. Uncommon therapy is active, time limited and solution focused at the same time as giving you space to discuss and ‘off load.’
  • Your Uncommon Therapist won’t try to ‘dig up’ painful memories with the old fashioned idea that knowing why a problem started is the same as comfortably changing emotional patterns. The idea of ‘no pain no gain’ is old fashioned and counter productive. Going over and over past pains and early memories strengthens the power of those memories. Research finds that this can be very harmful for depressed people.
  • Your Uncommon Therapist won’t try to ‘recover’ memories because the latest research shows that memory is an actively changing, easily influenced and continually edited process, and indeed it’s quite easy to create false memories (3)

What your Uncommon therapist will do

Your Uncommon therapist will seek to get you feeling better quickly

  • Your Uncommon therapist will only use research based approaches making therapy more effective.
  • Your Uncommon therapist will look at all related issues in your life your basic emotional needs and see how they are being met and can be met more effectively.
  • Your Uncommon therapist will quickly help to lift any traumatic memories that may have been getting in the way of your present life.
  • Your Uncommon therapist will use deep relation and hypnosis in order to improve how you feel about things not just changing how you think about them.
  • Your Uncommon therapist will be friendly and approachable and ‘human.’
  • Your Uncommon therapist will look at your current life circumstances and actively seek to help you problem solve practical issues if required.

(1) Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 26, 574. See also: Danton, W., Antonuccio, D. and Rosenthal, Z.

(2) Human Givens: A New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking ISBN: 1899398317

(3) Yapko, M.D. Suggestions of Abuse: True and False Memories of Childhood Trauma. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994