Counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy. What is the difference?

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Counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy. What is the difference? Understandably, people are confused by these terms and their meaning. For example, a psychologist may be a psychotherapist, but a psychotherapist may not be a psychologist. Neither are psychiatrists.

Counsellors are not Performance Coaches, yet Performance Coaches may also be Counsellors. Counsellors are not psychotherapists, yet psychotherapists and psychologists may use counselling techniques. Counselling-coaching-and-psychotherapy.Podcast. Counselling, Coaching, PschotherapClick Here to Listen button, www.InternetHypnosis.Shop

Peter Zapfella is not a psychologist or psychiatrist. However, Peter is a counsellor, a performance coach and a psychotherapist.

The CORE VALUES of Counselling, Performance Coaching and Psychotherapy are the same. They are;

  • RESPECT for your and our dignity and rights (including privacy and confidentiality).
  • INTEGRITY of your and our communication and service.
  • COLABORATION and CO OPERATION for the best outcomes of all concerned.
  • PROFESSIONAL knowledge, ongoing study and trainings.
  • ALLEVIATING your distress and suffering.
  • QUALTY enhancement of relationships between ourselves and others.
  • APPRECIATION of cultural and human diversity and life experiences.
  • FAIRNESS and ADEQUACY of service.

Define Counselling

Counselling is a process where an individual, couple or family meet with a professional counsellor to talk about issues and challenges they face in their lives.

Trained counsellors work with their clients on strategies to assist them to overcome day to day obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.

A professional counsellor is registered and trained to provide a genuine, caring and empathic response in a safe and confidential collaboration. Clients are active participants in the process. They learn strategies and techniques. They usually have on going sessions to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve concerns.

A trained counsellor has tools and techniques. They can use these tools to support and help you to move through the difficult and challenging, feelings, thoughts and behaviors, or situations that you may be experiencing. The counsellor can provide these tools and techniques as homework for the client to take away and practice and use in their daily life.

Counselling methods may include;

  • PSYCHODYNAMICS. Long term (such as childhood past traumas) causing current life dysfunctions. (Perhaps presenting as anger issues for example).
  • STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVES. Goal setting. Enabling better self-management and expectations.
  • FAMILY THERAPY. Cooperative family and group support sessions. Peter does not currently offer this.


  • Emotional. This is an area Peter has many years’ experiences.
  • Cognitive/Thinking. Including CBT.
  • Behaviors.
  • Gestalt.
  • Combinations of the above.

The ultimate goal is for the client to make life changing decisions for themselves on the best course of action ahead, with the support of their counsellor.

Ultimately it is the client themselves who will make the decisions and take action. Counselling-coaching-and-psychotherapy.

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Performance Coaching – for Success

Define Performance Coaching

Performance Coaching is a development approach based on the use of one-to-one conversations to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge or work performance.

We can blame our parents, our education, our government, or the economy, however, in truth the results we get in life are a direct reflection of our own unconscious beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and values.

Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Neuro-Semantics, the Emotional Alignment Technique and advanced hypnotherapy methods Peter Zapfella can guide you to:

  • re-align and delete negative emotions.
  • lower stress levels.
  • delete self-limiting beliefs and inner conflict.
  • delete habits of behavior that block your path forward.
  • using strategies for success.
  • stimulate new behaviors.
  • advanced personal change techniques.
  • re-align individual and group values.
  • move forward with better focus and clarity.
  • Counselling-coaching-and-psychotherapy.

Define Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a talk therapy. It is an effective method to assist people deal with and overcome a variety of mental health issues and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can eliminate symptoms so a person can function better increasing well-being.

Peter Zapfella preferers to use hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), timeline therapy ® and the emotional alignment technique TM. He also uses recorded hypnotherapy and subliminal affirmations as part of his toolbox of effective techniques. Counselling-coaching-and-psychotherapy.

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Define Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a popular method for experiencing trance, but it is not the only approach. Researcher Dennis R Wier has been experimenting with trance for more than 35 years. In his book, Trance: from Magic to Technology, he defined trance as “a state of mind being caused by cognitive loops were a cognitive object (thoughts, images, sounds, intentional actions) repeats long enough to result in various sets of disabled cognitive functions.”“at least some cognitive functions such as volition are disabled as is seen in what is typically termed a ‘hypnotic trance’.

Meditation, addictions, captivation, and frenzy are all trance states. We also see trance states induced from indigenous and religious people’s rhythmic percussion, drumming, chants, and dance.

People also experience trance through television, advertising, trauma, panic attacks, psychosis, euphoria, and some psychedelic drugs such as LSD, peyote, and psilocybin. Counselling-coaching-and-psychotherapy.

People can achieve trance states while dancing, in athletic pursuits and facing real or imagined threats to their survival. Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.


Hypnosis is not something a hypnotist does to someone, rather the hypnotist expertly guides or facilitates a person to create their own trance state, therefore “All hypnosis is self hypnosis” Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.

People are usually guided into trance by a hypnotist, who may be a Sharman, mystic, priest, or yogi. With practice, individuals can choose to achieve trance themselves through some forms of meditation, self-hypnosis, and prayer. Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.

When people think of hypnotic trance they think of sleep. I have had several clients over the years who have said “That did not work. I was not hypnotized, because I was not asleep.” They think hypnotic trance is sleep. The fact is trance can be very active too.

Hypnotherapy is a system of psychotherapy using hypnotism for therapeutic intent. Fundamental changes can occur at the deep unconscious level of mind during trace, often to ‘rewrite’ past mistakes and out of date concepts. Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.

Define Neurolinguistic Programming, including Time Line Therapy, Emotional Alignment Technique etc

Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior and emotion (programs).

NLP is an incredibly powerful collection of techniques that can quickly change emotions, beliefs, and behavior’s at the deep unconscious level of mind. Thereby people can think, communicate, and manage themselves, and others, more effectively than ever before. One of the things about NLP that amazes hypnotherapists and psychologists is that it usually does not need a traditional hypnotic trance to effectively create fundamental change at the deep unconscious. Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.

That is why NLP is one of the most powerful skills used today in advertising, sales, business management, and sports coaching and all forms of personal development.

The logical conscious mind is the goal setter, while your deep unconscious mind is the goal-getter.

If things are not working out in your life, chances are your conscious and deep unconscious are incongruent. NLP removes the unconscious ‘blocks’ so it can align with the conscious mind. Counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.

NLP was created in the 1970s by a psychologist, Richard Bandler, and an assistant professor of Linguistics, John Grinder. Since then, many have contributed to building of the field. Initially, NLP was focused upon health and self-development, perhaps because Bandler and Grinder studied people such as Dr Milton Erickson. Today NLP encompasses education, business, sports, and improved inter-personal communication. It is now used to advance better communication and influence from the pulpit, presentations, advertising, and more.

Time Line Therapy® was developed by the late Tad James. Time Line Therapy® involves treatment at an unconscious level and allows a client to surrender negative emotions linked to past experiences and transform internal programming.

Time Line Therapy® is an NLP therapeutic technique assisting individuals understand how past events have influenced them in the now, and how past events may continue to influence their future. Clients can change the way they feel and think about those toxic past events and therefore improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Between 1995 and 2002 Time Line Therapy® was Peters preferred NLP therapeutic technique. However he had witnessed other practitioners struggle, and occasionally experienced challenges with the technique himself.

Abreactions are strong, often disturbing emotional and even physical reactions to something re-experienced from the past as if real. While some therapy approaches value abreactions as part of the healing process, having witnessed it several times Peter has never subscribed to this concept. Abreactions could re-traumatize rather than achieve the desired healing, particularly if there is no experienced therapist present to ‘rescue’ the patient.

In 2002 Peter began to conceptualize a new therapy model, which negated the shortcomings, such as abreactions, sometimes experienced with the Time-Line method. He tested his theories with his clients. The results were even more successful than expected. He then experimented and perfected the method called Emotional Alignment Therapy, the forerunner of the Emotional Alignment Technique (EAT).

Since 2002 Peter has used the Emotional Alignment Technique (EAT) with many thousands of clients without one experiencing abreactions. Peter has since taught his technique to other therapists, who like him, have found it overcomes all the limitations and challenges of the Time-Line method, while at the same time proving incredibly effective.

Recently published research (2020) by research psychologists has confirmed how and why the Emotional Alignment Technique (EAT) works so effectively.

The Emotional Alignment Technique (EAT) quickly re-aligns conflicts between the logical and analytical conscious mind and the deep unconscious level of mind, which controls people’s lives through health, addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, negative emotions and self-limiting beliefs. Counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy.

Peter believes these toxic experiences are negative trance states at the deep unconscious level of mind. The Emotional Alignment Technique (EAT) overwrites these with new self-empowering beliefs and behavior’s.

After having studied and qualified as a Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, Peter went to the US to study Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy ®, with the late Master Trainer Dr. Everett James Ph.D. Hypno (USA), and Master Trainers Julie Silverthorn Psych (USA), John Overduff Psych (USA), Dr. Susan Chu MD. (HK), Ardith James (USA) Dr. Dennis Sartain Ph.D. Psych (UK), and others. Peter Zapfella became a psychotherapist in private practice in 1995.

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Reif Spano ‘Eyes That Polarize’ Hypnotist

In 1997 he began working with legendary American Stage Hypnotist Reif Spano. Peter subsequently developed his own Comedy Hypnosis Show and in 2000 he accepted the opportunity to live and work in Sydney during the Sydney Olympic Games. He performed many corporate Comedy Hypnosis Shows including Hyde Park, Sydney before thousands of people, and at Luna Park, Sydney.

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Peters on stage hypnosis experiences taught him far more than any training course or therapeutic experiences could do. Counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy.

At that time Sydney was the centre of NLP trainings in Australia, so Peter was able to repeat his original trainings and attend further trainings with Master Trainers Dr. Everett James Ph.D. Hypno (USA), Dr. Adriana James Ph.D. Hypno, Philippa Bond (AUS), Dr. Michael Hall Ph.D. Psych (USA), Rev. Dr. Bodenhamer Ph.D. Theo (USA), George Faddoul (AUS), Lori Flores (USA), Tim Halborn (USA), Sue Knight (UK), Kis Halborn (USA), Bogdan Bobocea (AUS) and others. Counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy.

Peter was ‘snapped up’ by the two largest NLP and hypnotherapy event training organisations in Australia to assist overseas trainers present in Sydney.

These opportunities gave Peter an incredible opportunity to learn from the leading innovators in their fields of psychotherapy. It was a key to his understanding which enabled him to create the Emotional Alignment Technique (EAT).

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Subliminal Affirmations

Subliminal (/sʌbˈlɪmɨnəl) literally means “below threshold” of conscious perception, below normal conscious recognition, yet within the range of hearing of our deep unconscious. Peter Zapfella’s ‘Welcome’ subliminal messages are like a caring parent or good friend who is inspiring you to develop new behaviors, habits, and beliefs that you already know you need for a happier life. They motivate you to change for the better. They focus your unconscious mind and encourage it to make positive changes as it hears the positive messages repeated over and over again. They can usually be used in the background while driving at work, in the home, and while sleeping, for extended periods of time. For best results listen to the subliminal messages on ‘repeat’ or ‘loop’ for hours at a time. You can listen all night, while you sleep. counselling, Coaching and Psychotherapy.

As part of his continuing professional development Peter is currently a candidate for the Diploma of Counseling. It is a Government & Australian Skills & Quality Authority (ASQA) & Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited. Leading to membership of the Australian Counselling Association and Private Health Insurance Provider.‘

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