What is solution focused hypnotherapy?

Solution focused hypnotherapy is a modern evidence-based therapy combining a form of psychotherapy called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) with some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques and hypnosis to reduce stress and anxiety and help achieve positive changes quickly through gaining control of our thoughts, our feelings and our behaviour. Rather than trying to analyse how problems began, this methods looks to alleviate your symptoms, change behaviours or belief systems that no longer serve you. Of course, it is important to acknowledge that traumatic events occurred to you, but we do not need to get into the details of it. Instead the focus is on finding ways to move forwards to where you want to be.

Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, it can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression; improving sleep patterns; eliminating unwanted habits and behaviours; and generally helping you achieve a better quality of life.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a relaxed state of focused attention during which your subconscious mind is much more receptive to learning and more open to suggestion. In a therapeutic context, suggestions are designed to help change unhelpful thought patterns. Trance is a very ordinary state; we all experience it many times every day. Have you ever driven somewhere and not remembered part of the journey, or been so engrossed in a film or a book that you’ve not noticed the time passing or other things going on around you? Hypnosis is this sort of state of focused attention. You can often hear everything that’s being said whilst being deeply relaxed. Clients often comment on how relaxed they feel at the end of a session.

Common myths about hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is not like stage hypnosis. I will not take control of your mind! You cannot be hypnotised against your will and nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to do. You are in complete control at all times and your subconscious mind will reject any suggestions that are inappropriate for you.