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Strategic Psychotherapy - How this helps when combined with Hypnotherapy

Integrative Strategic Psychotherapy - the multidisciplinary approach

If you have been feeling stuck - If you are looking for a better process - When you need a better internal compass -

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Consider these quotes:


"Knowledge is not power. The Correct Application & implementation of knowledge is power!" - Gordon Young 

'What you FOCUS on you AMPLIFY in your awareness""- Dr Michael Yapko Ph.d

"Nothing happens within you , without, you"  - Gordon Young

Changing our perspectives changes our beliefs, interpretations and behaviours.  ( Gordon Young, 2020)

" Strategic Psychotherapy is a highly effective and rapid form of talk therapy where the therapist strategically works with their client to help them recognise how they may be creating their own problems, challenges and limitations because of how they respond to situations and events.

A key part of Strategic Psychotherapy is helping the client to identify experiential gaps and behavioural patterns they are running that may be supporting their issues, and then developing a strategic approach that activates existing strengths and resources within them to overcome these challenges.

Strategic Psychotherapy lays a great foundation for impactful and effective intervention — especially when used in conjunction with other techniques such as Coaching, Counselling and Clinical Hypnotherapy."  (ISPA - International Strategic Psychotherapists Association - 2021)


What is Strategic Psychotherapy?

It is a therapist directed, future-focused, short-term treatment to help clients to identify skills gaps and develop strategies and resources to learn the new skills they seek for behavioural change.

Strategic psychotherapy is based on the notion that our patterns are based on our perspectives rather than on what happens to us.

Strategic psychotherapy is a form of brief therapy which directs clients to have a quick and effective resolution to their problem. It is both goal oriented and outcome based.

This therapy is directly focusing on assisting clients to identify the distinctions about ‘how’ they run certain behaviours.  This ability to determine what their ineffective or inappropriate patterned responses that they will automatically, without thought or choice default to, allows distinctions to change those patterns rapidly and with long lasting results.

Clients are able to discover, identify and interrupt and then change  ineffective processes which lead to and maintain their problem patterns/behaviours.

Strategic Psychotherapy allow for the learning of new skills and more effective processes, creating better strategies and building a resilience to arm the mind with agility and better processes that lead to better outcomes and more success in all aspects of life.

Strategic Psychotherapy is where the use of key discriminating questions reveal problematic thought patters and behaviours you may be running at an unconscious level. These help us uncover what you know, what you don’t know, and what you think you know that just isn’t so – essentially, identifying any gaps in your cognitive skills that can be addressed to help you resolve your problem. Clients report finding this process helpful and allows them to be as insightful, as it is also revealing, relieving and encouraging. 

The use of Strategic Psychotherapy processes will show you that the problem space is not static & / or permanent -  that there needs to be some processes applied, plus thinking updated to a more resourceful state and that when experiencing 'feeling stuck' was simply that you hadn't yet created a pattern for resolving that issue - but this work helps you get those new, healthier working and patterns in place to free you to live your best life.

 Strategic Psychotherapy is a term coined by Jay Hayley to describe a kind of therapy where the therapist is responsible for making considered decisions about how to help the client get to where they want to go. In strategic therapy the therapist assist the client to the answer and helps the client utilise whatever strengths they have to overcome the issues.

How is strategic psychotherapy used in clinical hypnosis?


Strategic psychotherapy when combined with clinical hypnosis allows powerful and appropriate changes to happen in a therapeutic, safe and relaxed state.

The approach is that the client is guided by the therapist through various strategic questions, questions that allow the client to more easily discover their ineffective processes and patterns that keep them stuck in patterns that seem to hold them stuck.


It is these areas where the client feels stuck that contribute to and maintain those undesired behaviours and patterns that are able to then be exposed, the pattern interrupted, and a better process for moving forward developed and sustained..

A thought or pattern cannot exist outside of a clients ability to change them - change the thoughts and patterns and you change your life, for the better - permanently..

If you have ever felt stuck - it is important to know - that action, the act of changing will be the first step, and doing that new better pattern over and over will lead to the new successful patterns that set you free.

I am a therapist who works with you - so -  if you feel you're struggling or suffering from external or internal forces that seem to keep you stuck in bad patterns of decision making &/or behaviours - we can uncover those issues, with the strategic psychotherapy approach to highlight the your experiential gaps.


You then will get to see things from a more resourceful perspective, once we uncover the gaps in your processes, we discover those important  ‘aha’ moments - the areas where you realise your issues is how you unconsciously repeat that issue - a process which if continued - will keep you stuck - because - in that problem space - you keep repeating the behaviours - However, when you you realise that there is a gap in the process - which has been keeping you stuck - where finding the ''I don't know” - is the key to getting unstuck -  then together we work on your resources, and change those unconscious patterns that held you stuck...


The new, healthy, improved behaviours, new patterns - ones that will set you free from the old patters/automatic/unconscious responses - will allow you to bridge the gaps.


As your therapist, I can demonstrate these new strategies for successful processes that will close ‘the gaps’, that can and will, set you free..


The Hypnosis component - known as Hypnotherapy, serves as a vehicle to deliver these better patterns/process/methods for you as the client to be in a relaxed and yet focused state to be more able to track well with new ideas and create and incorporate new skills and develop better patterns that you can utilise rapidly.


I, like you, know there is a way to create better outcomes for you, & so, I assist you, to discover & use skills & resources that do lead rapidly to better, happier & healthier outcomes.

I am here to help,  take the time to start a new and more successful way to be, contact me mow to start your new, healthier, happier way to be!

Work with me and I will be here to help you.


(Kerry Bailey)


Registered Clinical & Strategic Hypnotherapist, & Strategic Psychotherapist, Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

For when you want a multidisciplinary, integrative, transdisciplinary, collaborative, interdisciplinary, professional & clinical approach - contact me for a free 15 min chat  - Text or call 0412-412-881 - or start the online booking form by simply clicking on the link on this page.

What is ''The Strategic Approach'' ?

''The strategic therapies of Haley and Erickson gave rise to solution-oriented approaches and provided them with a welcome foundation of pragmatism. Since then the growth of positive psychology has promoted the recognition that there is far more to be gained by amplifying peoples’ strengths than by only striving to fix what’s wrong with them.

When people are taught specific skills they’re lacking and learn to recognize and better use their strengths, they improve markedly.

The approaches described herein build on positive psychology as well as relevant cognitive neuroscience and cognitive therapy by focusing specifically on the global cognitive style – an enduring way of processing information in an over-general way - as the primary inhibitor of making effective life choices.

"When we look at people through the lens of their cognitive style and HOW they make choices, specifically what they failed to discriminate in their global response to some circumstances, it is easy to dismiss pathological explanations for people’s behaviour and, instead, focus on what’s right.''  (Gordon Young 2021)

There as a growth of a movement that recommends - "Skills not pills" - Skills and knowledge, learned and used - the "How" you can use to  to navigate life - where you can fast track skills acquisition and application by using the professional guidance of a strategic psychotherapist - who assists you to improve your processing skills, the 'how' you do what you do, better, more skilfully, and  - the "How" to improve your outcomes, and improve your life.

Its time not only to feel better - it is time to have that - and feel better too - Strategic Psychotherapy is HOW.

The time is now - the place to start is here - just click below to apply and have your free 15 min chat !

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