What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a very modern, safe and powerful approach to helping people and is based on the latest knowledge and research findings from neuroscience and our understanding of how the brain works.
Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is ‘done’ to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (a type of talking therapy) and hypnosis. It recognises that each of us, even if in very small ways, are motivated and capable of finding the best solutions to our problems.
In our sessions we discuss the changes that you would like to make. I spend time explaining how our brain works in relation to the way we think, how it affects the way we feel and behave. We then combine solution focused discussions based around your identified goals with hypnosis.
The form of Hypnosis I use will guide you gently via relaxing music and mental imagery into a wonderful natural state of calm and deep relaxation, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes. You will find that anxiety is reduced and your brain can focus its attention, visualise, process and reflect on the thoughts from our discussions. During this time the brain is at its most creative as it seeks to make connections and resolve problems and issues bringing about significant positive changes which will often begin to occur within a short space of time.
And because we focus on solutions in the sessions rather than analysing problems and delving into the past, you will find this a very gentle, beneficial and positive therapy.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis (or trance) is a state of focused attention. It is completely natural and safe. In this relaxed state your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns. Clients often comment about how ‘ordinary’ hypnosis feels.
You may not be aware of this but hypnosis is something we experience many times a day. Trance describes those moments when our conscious awareness is altered. For instance, many of us will have experienced that feeling of having driven our car from one place to the next yet not remember parts of the journey. Or when watching TV or reading a book we can become so engrossed that we are not immediately aware when someone is trying to get our attention. An athlete may describe getting into the ‘zone’. It’s almost like having a daydream where we ‘switch off ’. However, during this time the brain is active and creatively problem solving rather than switching itself off.
Hypnosis is safe. A hypnotised person is not unconscious, you are in control at all times and the mind will reject anything that is not useful or acceptable. You can bring yourself out of trance at any time.
Client wellbeing is central to my practice and confidentiality is maintained at all times.