What is Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy

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Let me tell you about Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy.

It is is a modern and thoroughly researched therapeutic approach, used to help people overcome isues such as anxiety, stress, depression, fear and phobias, low confidence and self-esteem and so much more. It uses all of the most recent clinical research including neuroscience and our understanding of the how the brain works. It has developed significantly in the last fifty years, and with it, the therapy we use to treat and manage brain-based issues. There is so much we can do to help.

Solution focused hypnotherapy utilises some elements of the most successful modern talking therapies such as in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) and NLP (Neuro- Linguistic Programming) but is also unique in a couple of very important ways. Traditional talking therapies look to the past for answers but Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy focusses on the present, the future and how to move sensitively, but positively forwards. It helps the client to imagine their best possible successes through the therapy and into their future. All of this is then consolidated and reinforced by the use of trance or what we call focussed attention (the hypnosis part of the therapy) which happens in every session.

This is a partnership between the therapist and the client whilst working together to forge forward and to rediscover the real them and the life that they most definitely deserve.

This is a partnership between the therapist and the client whilst working together to forge forward and to rediscover the real them and the life that they most definitely deserve.

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we all experience at various times and in various depths throughout the day.

I hold a membership with The National Council for Hypnotherapy and they describe hypnosis as follows:

“Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we all experience at various times and in various depths throughout the day. The experience of hypnosis has been described in many ways but is often explained as a streamlined state of focussed attention. Many people describe hypnosis as feeling similar to daydreaming, when they are neither fully alert, nor asleep. Everyone’s experiences and, therefore, descriptions of hypnosis will vary because all trance states feel different to different people. Some people describe hearing every word the therapist says, while others find their mind wanders; many people lose track of time when they are in hypnosis. How aware or unaware you are during the process is unimportant and does not affect the efficacy of the session”.

Hypnosis in a clinical setting originated with a German doctor, Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) who conducted studies on animal magnetism, later known as mesmerism from where the word ‘mesmerised’ was coined after his death.

The known founder of Clinical Hypnotherapy is Milton Erickson, a Psychiatrist, who was a firm believer in finding solutions. Between the 1950’s up until the end of his life in 1980, he continued to develop and refine his techniques in the practice of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy focussing on the clients’ “preferred futures” instead of focussing on their past issues and illnesses. The further techniques developed from the 1980’s onwards by scientists and psychologists allowed the focus to be on wellness and finding solutions. These techniques provide the basis for Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy and Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy itself.

In addition to this, much research has been done into the benefit of explaining the neurology, the science of the client’s brain, making Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy a ‘brain-based’ therapy. The clients acquire an understanding of how their own brain works, why their issues have developed and what can be done about them.

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