Solution Focused Hypnotherapy combines the use of psychotherapy with hypnosis. It uses well researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a short period of time.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy utilises the techniques of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combined with the hypnotic state.
Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is a very natural, relaxing state, encouraged by using guided relaxation, where the mind can relax and focus on thoughts and suggestions that catalize positive change. Hypnosis allows people to focus on the positive aspects of their lives, including their skills and competencies and that encourages a shift in perspective. In a therapeutic setting hypnosis provides a powerful tool to access subconscious thought patterns and behaviours and resolve issues that lie beyond the capabilities of the conscious mind.
This type of therapy focuses on what the client wants to achieve by tapping into their innate wisdom and strengths rather than focusing on the problem(s) that are stopping them from achieving their full potentials.
The Solution Focused approach is to look at what is going on in the present and take small practical steps towards a better future. In the brain, even a small changes can lead to large increments of change. The Hypnotherapist asks the client to picture their preferred future; what would it look like if the issue were to improve; what would be different? This question unlocks the client’s innate resources and encourages possible solutions to become more apparent and more accessible.
From a scientific perspective, changes in conscious awareness can be demonstrated using Electroencephalography or EEG. When your therapist uses guided relaxation and mental imagery it can encourage you to go into a trance state, which causes a natural shift in our brainwave patterns. As we are guided into deeper levels of relaxation, the brain demonstrates more alpha and theta wave activity, where we feel calmer and more relaxed but can also visualise images and reflect on different ideas that may be useful to us.
This is why Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be so beneficial, because it combines powerful solution-focused discussions, followed by encouraging a relaxing trance state so that the ideas and solutions discussed can then be explored and utilised by the brain for positive benefit.
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t” (Tomas Edison)
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be transformational in a number of contexts, including:
• Confidence and Self Esteem problems
• Depression and Anxiety
• Panic Attacks
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Insomnia and sleeping problems
• Addictions including smoking
• Chronic pain management
• Long COVID
• Weight Management
To know more about what you can expect during a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy session, visit the Treatment page.