What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is much more than just hypnosis. It is a powerful combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and hypnosis. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern form of psychotherapy that encourages clients to work towards their preferred future, focusing on how they want things to be. Unlike some forms of psychotherapy, it does not involve analysing the past, or examining problems; instead it helps clients visualise and achieve a more enjoyable and fulfilled future.
What happens during Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy brings the conscious and subconscious minds together, through a gently-induced trance state using voice. It is a powerful form of deep relaxation, where you can focus on the behaviours that you have decided to change. It is completely safe; no-one can be hypnotised against their will, and you can easily reject any suggestions that are not appropriate. You have full self-control during the session.
Is it safe for children and teens?
Childhood is full of new experiences and situations. However, sometimes worry and anxiety can trouble children and teens and express itself via bed-wetting, OCD, asthma/panic attacks, depression etc.
Sometimes there is a specific trigger i.e. bullying, changing schools/classes, coping with divorced parents, loss of a family member, or other life change.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is wonderful, as it reduces anxiety, increases self-confidence, and teaches you to manage stress. Youth sessions are generally between 35-45 minutes, rather than the usual 50-55 minutes for adults.
*Please check that your therapist has a full enhanced DBS (put an asterisk here and explain this term below) certificate when working with children and vulnerable adults.
I don’t think I can be hypnotised.
Most people like to think that they can’t. There is often the suspicion that being hypnotised could label them as being weak-willed, naive or unintelligent. Modern research actually shows that hypnotisability is correlated with intelligence, concentration and focus.
Hypnosis is not an all-or-nothing phenomenon, but rather a continuum. Most people can be hypnotised to some degree. For most psychotherapeutic work, the client does not have to be in an extremely deep state of trance, as depth does not directly correlate with effectiveness, so there really is no need to over-analyse the experience. Clients report it as pleasant and enjoyable. If you do have any worries, these can be addressed during the initial consultation.
How many sessions will it take?
That very much depends on you, and what you want to achieve from the therapy. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy generally works quickly compared with other therapies. Smoking cessation is a single 1.5-2 hour session. Specific phobias, motivation, exam nerves, public speaking, etc. can be dealt with in 3-5 sessions. In most cases, depression and anxiety-related disorders usually take between 8-12 sessions.
This is a general guide – some people need more sessions, and I am happy to continue therapy until you achieve what you want, whether after 12 or 25 sessions. The principle is that we continue to promote positive change. You will also receive full support via email, text or phone in-between sessions if required . Even after therapy is complete, I love to hear how well my ex-clients are doing, and look forward to reading emails about all the new and exciting things happening in their lives.
Will you make me walk like a chicken?
Odd as it sounds, that is one of the questions I am asked the most! The answer is, of course, “NO”. Stage Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnosis are not the same thing, one is for entertainment, the other for therapy to change behaviours and thought patterns.
I’m not sure if I can be hypnotised.
If you have an imagination, and the ability to relax, then the answer is probably “YES”. Simply by allowing your mind to reach a relaxed and focussed state is sufficient for positive suggestion to be accepted, and changes in thinking and behaviour to begin.