What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems.
Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that access to the unconscious mind can be made. The subconscious mind can be both a reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems.
‘Solution Focused Therapy’ techniques are used along with hypnosis to reduce anxiety and bring about a feeling of calm and relaxation. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on solutions for the future, rather than digging up problems of the past.
If you are willing to make changes to the way you think, then this type of therapy can be extremely effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress as well as other conditions normally helped by hypnotherapy.
Throughout the sessions I will acknowledge where you are at the moment, help you to identify where you would rather be and guide you, as you make the necessary changes to get you there.
What is hypnosis like?
The hypnotic state is very common, one we all experience every day of our lives. Whenever you become engrossed in something you are doing such as driving a car, reading a book or walking and lose touch with time passing, then you’ve probably entered a self-induced hypnotic state. When we are in a state of hypnosis we are extremely relaxed yet in a state of focused attention. You are in control and aware of your surroundings at all times. In a hypnotic trance your mind is more responsive to suggestion. These suggestions are designed to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.
Can hypnotherapy make me do something I don’t want to do?
Contrary to the popular stage or film image, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind. No one can hypnotise you against your will and get you to do things that you do not want to do. If a suggestion is inappropriate for you, your mind will just ignore it. You can come out of hypnosis whenever you choose.
Will I have to tell you about my painful past?
You only need to tell me what you want to tell me. Solution focused hypnotherapy works by finding positive solutions rather than analysing painful memories from the past. I will recognise that unpleasant events may have happened. I will then help you to get back to living the life you choose.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people can go into at least a light trance, this is sufficient for most hypnotherapeutic goals. Therefore the majority of people can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
Are there any dangers?
No. You will be in a safe environment where you can just relax.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies with each treatment and will be determined by you. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a short therapy, an estimation of the number of sessions required will be discussed during the initial consultation. For anxiety related issues it maybe 10-12 sessions, for a specific phobia (e.g. fear of flying) 4 sessions. Smoking cessation is two 1.5 hour sessions. My aim is to use as few sessions as possible to help you find lasting solutions and a desirable way forward in your life.