What is Outcome Oriented Psychotherapy?

by Fe Robinson


I am delighted to have moved section within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to become a member of the College of Outcome Oriented and Hypno-psychotherapists.  Here's a description of how outcome oriented and hypno-psychotherapists work, reproduced from the UKCP website:


Outcome oriented psychotherapies recognise that clients seek therapy in order to gain beneficial change. Therapist and client work together to develop a shared understanding of what outcomes and values will best assist the client to move toward their better mental health and personal goals.

Hypno-Psychotherapy is a form of (usually outcome-oriented) psychotherapy that uses naturally occurring altered states of awareness and relaxation (sometimes called hypnosis) as part of the psychotherapeutic work.

There are many ways of applying outcome oriented and hypno-psychotherapies; processes can include helping clients change limiting thought patterns and developing a clear sense of the future they want and how to get there. This sometimes involves addressing the pain and consequences of past experiences that are having negative impacts in the present.

Many outcome-oriented and hypno-psychotherapists integrate these with other related, approaches. What distinguishes outcome oriented and hypno-psychotherapies from other forms of psychotherapy is that they aim to help clients succeed in making specific behavioural and/or psychological changes in their life by developing the client’s access to their own creative, healing and problem-solving resources.


I look forward to contributing to the College, and to continuing to work in an outcome oriented way to respect, support and enable my clients in the coming months and years. 

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