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The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic
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Counselling is not provided at The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic, for the reasons discussed below on this page.


There are many definitions of the Counselling process. Four (progressively longer) example definitions are referenced in the sub-sections below.

Counselling Definition 1 - The Penguin Dictionary of Pyschology

The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines counselling as follows:


"A generic term that is used to cover the several processes of interviewing, testing, guiding, advising , etc. designed to help an individual solve problems, plan for the future etc.


Clinicians who specialise in guidance in marital problems, drug abuse, vocational selection, community work etc. are often called counselling psychologists."


Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology, Arthur S. Reber and Emily reber, Third Edition, 2001. First published 1985 - Penguin Books

Counselling Definition 2 - British Association of Counselling 

The British Association for Counselling (BAC), now the BACP, may have been the first professional association to adopt a definition of professional counselling. In 1986 it published the following definition:


"Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self- knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the clients work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination."


Source: BAC (1986) Counselling-Definition of terms in use with expansion and rationale (Information Sheet 1). Rugby: British Association for Counselling.  

Counselling Definition 3 - Dictionary of Counselling

In 1993, Feltharn and Dryden included the following definition of counseling in their specialised Dictionary of Counselling:


"Counselling is a principled relationship characterised by the application of one or more psychological theories and a recognised set of communication skills, modified by experience, intuition and other interpersonal factors, to clients’ intimate concerns, problems or aspirations. Its predominant ethos is one of facilitation rather than of advice-giving or coercion. It may be of very brief or long duration, take place in an organisational or private practice setting and may or may not overlap with practical, medical and other matters of personal welfare.


It is both a distinctive activity undertaken by people agreeing to occupy the roles of counsellor and client and it is an emergent profession.... It is a service sought by people in distress or in some degree of confusion who wish to discuss and resolve these in a relationship which is more disciplined and confidential than friendship, and perhaps less stigmatising than helping relationships offered in traditional medical or psychiatric settings."


Source: Feitham, C. and Dryden, W. (1993) Dictionary of Counselling. London, : Whurr  

Counselling Definition 4 - Governing Council of the American Counselling Association (ACA)

In 1997 the Governing Council of the American Counselling Association(ACA) accepted the following definition of professional counselling:


"Counseling is the application of mental health, psychological or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions, strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology. (http://counseling. org) The definition also includes these additional attributes:


• Counseling deals with wellness, personal growth, career, and pathological concerns. In other words, counselors work in areas that involve relationships (Casey, 1996). These areas include intra- and interpersonal concerns related to finding meaning and adjustment in such settings as schools, families, and careers.


• Counseling is conducted with persons who are considered to be functioning well and those who are having more serious problems. Counseling meets the needs of a wide spectrum of people. Clients seen by counselors have developmental or situational concerns that require help in regard to adjustment or remediation. Their problems often require short-term intervention, but occasionally treatment may be extended to encompass disorders included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1994) of the American Psychiatric Association.


• Counseling is theory based. Counselors draw from a number of theoretical approaches, including those that are cognitive, affective, behavioral, and systemic. These theories may be applied to individuals, groups, and families.


• Counseling is a process that maybe developmental or intervening. Counselors focus on their clients’ goals. Thus, counseling involves both choice and change. In some cases, “counseling is a rehearsal for action” (Casey, 1996, p. 176)"


Source: Gladding, S.T. ( 2004). Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession (5th edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall. P 6-7. 

Counselling challenges

Many people tend to see a counsellor for specific advice about a specific problem. For example:

  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Substance Abuse Counselling
  • Debt Counselling.
  • etc. etc.

A more complete list of specialised topics are referenced below, in the acknowledgements section.


However the world of counselling has evolved over the years (e.g. see above evolution of the definition of counselling) such that many counsellors are now trained to not give advice - so immediately there is a mismatch between what it is that the client actually wants or needs, and what it is that the counsellor is willing or able to provide !


Instead the counsellor will tend to merely 'reflect' back to their client what their client says (rephrasing it and using different language), in the hope that this will enable their client to find a solution for themself.


Additionally, during its evolution, the world of counselling has moved, for some counsellors, into being a form of 'psychodynamic therapy' ('therapeutic counselling').


In summary, it can be very difficult for the client to know what they are going to get when they see a counsellor. Although the client does know that at least they will have access to an independent person outside of their social circle with which they might, at least, be able discuss a problem that they might have.


Not all counselling is carried out by counsellors having a qualification or certificate in counselling, for example, teachers, priests, sports coaches, and workplace supervisors may also have a counselling function as part of their role. 


Another potential difficulty is that many counsellors carry, in their minds, their own 'personal baggage' (i.e. 'experiences') which will tend to influence and bias any advice that they might give, making any such advice unhelpful - and this is probably the main reason for the counselling organisations dissuading their counsellors from dispensing any such advice.


Here at the Surrey Hypnothetrapy Clinic 'pure counselling' is not offered. This is because the provision of good and effective therapy will sufficiently change and empower the client such that they become empowered to make the correct decisions, for themselves - and, sometimes, when considered helpful, direct and specific advice will also be offered to the client for the client's consideration.

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For professional, caring and confidential help, adviice, therapy or treatment for, or about, any of the above issues or topics, or similar, just contact Peter, preferably by e-mail, to arrange an appointment for your free initial consultation.

Best help, advice, therapy & treatment for:

Addictions, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anorexia, Anxiety DisordersBinge Drinking, Binge Eating, Bulimia, Blushing, Bruxism, Childbirth, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Compulsions, Compulsive Behaviour, Depression, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Emotional Problems (e.g. Anger, Rage, Sadness, Jealousy, Suspicion, Paranoia,Grief, Guilt, Shame, Trauma), Exam Stress, Fear of Flying, Food Addiction, Gambling Addiction, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Habits, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Obsessions, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Pain Management, Panic Disorder (Anxiety Attacks or Panic Attacks)Phobic Disorder (Phobias)PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Public Speaking, Smoking or Vaping, Relationship Issues, Relaxation, Sadness, Sex Addiction, Sexual Issues, Sleep Disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia), Sports Performance, Stress, Stuttering, Tinnitus and Weight Loss.

The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic serves the Surrey boroughs of Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.

For Hypnosis therapy and Hypnotherapy in Surrey, the Surrey towns of: Addlestone, Aldershot, Bracknell, Byfleet, Camberley, Epsom, Farnborough, Godalming, Guildford, Knaphill, Leatherhead, Runnymede, Staines, Sunbury, Walton, West Byfleet, Weybridge and Woking are all within a short 30 minute drive from Woking Hypnosis Hypnotherapist Peter Back at the Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic,


If you would like to find out more about how Surrey Hypnotherapist Peter Back might be able to help you, or if you are simply looking for the best help, advice, therapy or treatment, from a highly qualified and experienced Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist or Hypnotist, just contact Peter by e-mail, at the Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic, Woking, to arrange an appointment to learn more about Hypnosis and Peter's own unique form of specialist, evidence based, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

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Therapies that facilitate effortless and transformational change in thoughts, feelings and behaviour mean that a number of problems of psychological or emotional origin can be helped.


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Specialist help for:

Alcohol Use Disorder

Anxiety Disorders

      Generalised Anxiety Disorder

          aka Anxiety

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

          aka OCD

      Homosexual OCD

          aka HOCD - Gay Therapy

      Panic Disorder

          aka Anxiety Attacks

          aka Panic

          aka Panic Attacks

      Phobic Disorder 

          aka Phobias

      Social Anxiety Disorder

          aka Social Phobia

      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

          aka PTSD


Eating Disorders

      Anorexia Nervosa
      Bulimia Nervosa
      Binge Eating Disorder

Emetophobia - Vomit Phobia

Gambling Addiction


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Problem Drinking


Sexual Problems



See Treatments for more information about the above.

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Our address is:

The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic

Blackbridge Road


GU22 0DN


Note. All callers by prior appointment.

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Particularly convenient for:

Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bookham, Bracknell, Bracknell Forest, Brookwood, Caterham, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, DorkingEghamElmbridgeEpsom, Ewell, Farnborough, FarnhamGodalming, Guildford, Hampshire, Hart, Horley, Jacobs Well, Knaphill, Leatherhead, London, Ottershaw, Pirbright, Reading, Ripley,  Runnymede, Rushmoor, Sheerwater, Send, SpelthorneStaines, SunburySurrey, Surrey Heath, Sutton Green, Walton, WaverleyWest Byfleet, Weybridge, Woking, Wokingham, Worplesdon

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Please note, if you should 'phone it is quite likely that Peter will be busy with a client and unable to take your call.


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Phone:  08707 606765 08707 606765

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