There are a number of different ‘talking therapies’ available at York Clinic. I asked counsellor, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist Suzanne Chamier about them.


Psychology is the study of how people think and behave, covering all areas of cognitive functioning. It is usually practised by a person with a degree in psychology who has gone on to specialise in a particular area such as clinical psychology, forensic psychology, or occupational psychology. Some psychologists are purely into research, whilst others are ‘applied psychologists’ and work with patients.


This is a term that covers the ‘talking therapies’, including counselling. I regard psychotherapy as more in-depth than counselling as it examines the role of the unconscious, including dreams. Psychotherapy helps patients understand and overcome a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress and relationship problems. We work with individuals, couples, families, children and teenagers. Some psychotherapists specialise in particular areas or age groups. Psychotherapy also covers a number of different therapies such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive and Humanistic Therapies.


Counselling is usually conducted in the form of individual face-to-face sessions, although there are now on-line counsellors too. The key to both counselling and psychotherapy is that the patient is not told what to do. They find their own clarity and understanding through talking and, through that process, reach a solution which is right for them. I deal with all kinds of issues through psychotherapy and counselling such as anxiety and stress, depression, relationship issues, employment issues, bereavement, eating disorders, low self-esteem and self-confidence, and addictions.

The main elements of both psychotherapy and counselling are confidentiality and a safe and trusting environment for the patient.

Life Coaching

This is a much more directive way of working. We usually help people to make an Action Plan to achieve their goals and they often get ‘homework’ to do in-between sessions. Life Coaching focusses on the future rather than the past.


Another form of Psychotherapy! By allowing the patient to completely relax both mentally and physically the therapist can make subconscious alterations in the patient, such as changing thought patterns, behaviours and feelings. It is a safe and pleasant experience; most patients love it. I use it for insomnia, addictions and pain management, to help patients learn relaxation techniques, lose weight, quit smoking, to let go and/or manage phobias.


There is more information on our website about each of these treatments and the practitioners who carry them out:


Psychotherapy and Counselling


You can also read more on Suzanne Chamier’s website.

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