Definition of Psychotherapy

How Can Psychotherapy Assist You?


A key objective or this site is to provide clear information and reliable content to assist you in your decision making about which therapies to adopt as you proactively face the normal challenges presented by your career situation and by life in general.

One word that often gives rise to misunderstanding is ‘psychotherapy’. Let’s now seek to dispel any confusion by providing a definition of psychotherapy.

Our psychotherapy definition is-


‘The use of appropriate combinations of various techniques within an appropriate inter-personal relationship between client and qualified practitioner (and preferably in accordance with an agreed ‘therapeutic contract’ or agreement about desired outcomes etc.) to assist the client deal with emotional issues, performance issues and other life and career problems.’



The ‘various techniques’ might include, but would not necessarily be limited to Counselling, Psychodynamic or Depth Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Hypnotherapy.

Using a range of therapeutic approaches means you have the maximum opportunity to experience a real difference as the therapeutic process progresses.

Psychotherapy is practiced by a broad range of professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and hypnotherapists. Each have different emphasis and limitations on their approach, depending on their professional training and experience.

For example, psychiatrists can diagnose specific conditions and prescribe medication as part of an intervention strategy. Other psychotherapists are generally not qualified to diagnose or prescribe medication.

For this reason, it is important to select a thoroughly trained and qualified practitioner who will always insist on a medical diagnosis whenever there exists even the slightest doubt concerning the matter being addressed and its ‘fit’ within the therapeutic qualifications and capabilities of the practitioner.

All good therapists will err on the side of caution in this regard. We certainly do, and that’s your assurance that you’ll be referred to the appropriate professional in the event that a particular presenting problem falls beyond our practice capabilities.

Where a client is already under the care of another health professional, or when we believe a client requires a formal diagnosis of a condition and possibly medication, our practice always requires clients to ask their primary care physician for a ‘statement of no contra indications’ to our proposed therapy intervention prior to proceeding.

Where necessary we will seek permission to discuss the case directly with the client’s physician before proceeding. In this way clients are guaranteed the safest and most effective outcome possible.

This ethical approach to therapy ensures your relationship with any other health care professional is in no way affected by your decision to work with us.

It’s our practice to deliver what we call ‘positive psychotherapy’. While we do have interest in getting a clear understanding of the issue you are facing, our intervention emphasis is definitely solution oriented.

We use a balance of understanding of the background factors that gave rise to the ‘mental imprint’ or ‘dysfunctional assumption’ which might lie at the core of the problem, and of helping you take action in the way you think about and behave in relation to the problem.

We work with you to determine how a change in thinking and/or behaviour in particular circumstances might lead to a preferred outcome for you.

We typically use hypnotherapy – what might better be termed ‘psychotherapy hypnosis’ in this context - to expedite achievement of desired therapeutic outcomes.

Contact Us to make an appointment or discuss your treatment options.



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