Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a type of ‘talking therapy’, that combines the use of solution focused conversation with hypnotherapy. Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is a very natural, relaxing state, encouraged by using guided relaxation, where the mind can relax and then focus on ideas and thoughts that might have been discussed during the conversation part of the session. As a modern psychotherapeutic approach, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical and semi structured strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives. Crucially, in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, therapists look at what the client wants to achieve (the solution) rather than at whatever prompted them to seek help (the problem). I never ask you to discuss the past.
Hypnosis or trance describes times when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. Trance used during hypnotherapy is very different from the kind of things we might see in ‘stage hypnosis’.
In our day to day lives we all naturally go in and out of trance states many times during the day – perhaps when we are driving, reading a good book or even washing the dishes. In this relaxed state, we experience changes in our conscious awareness – almost like being in a day-dream. During this time, the unconscious mind is more aware and can focus on helpful suggestions and thoughts.
Trance is a very natural and safe state. Contrary to what you might see on the television, trance is not mind-control! When we are in a trance state we are still in control, and we process and decide whether information or suggestions are useful to us or not and will not accept or do anything against our will.
Being in a trance is a very relaxing experience – and it is something that all of us will frequently experience in our daily lives. In fact, experiencing changes in our conscious awareness is a vital part of our existence as humans – we need times where we can relax, reflect and consolidate information, and utilise different parts of our brains for different activities.
In the therapeutic setting of my tranquil therapy room or online I use hypnotherapy because it helps to directly access the subconscious mind. Once my clients are in a state of relaxation the conscious mind becomes less active and the subconscious mind becomes more open and receptive to positive suggestion and reinforcement. The brain is more receptive to positive suggestions when the conscious mind is less alert.
Early man and woman would have faced many threats including wild animals and other tribes. They would have had to hunt for food and protect their families. Early man's primitive brain would have responded to these factors with either anxiety, anger or depression.
We also know these as the flight, fight or freeze responses.
When we are stressed chemicals are released into our brains and bodies to help us cope with any threat or danger. Signs this is happening include an increased heart rate and sweaty palms.
The primitive part of our brain is therefore responsible for our stress response.
If the primitive brain thinks we are in a time of crises it will automatically step in to help and override our rational and logical brain.
In the short term this is fine. Short term stress is often useful and the primitive brain is only in charge for a short period of time.
Long term stress is not helpful and the primitive brain remains in charge for longer. We are no longer using our rational brain and this has a significant impact on our physical and emotional well being. This can lead to ongoing anxiety, anger, depression and poor decision making and disruptive sleep.
Anger, anxiety or depression can therefore become our normal response even when it's not needed. Sometimes these responses are triggered by certain things. A common example is feeling anxious about attending an event where you have to interact with other people. This is commonly know as social anxiety and can lead to people unwilling to interact with others even though when on they are on their own they feel perfectly calm and relaxed.
Depression has many symptoms and can be very isolating. Even though, on some level, you are interacting with the rest of the World (for example managing to hold down a job) inside you may be feeling hollow and unable to cope.
Loss of enjoyment in the things you usually enjoy
Insomnia, Fatigue or loss of energy
Guilt ( for no real reason)
Inability to concentrate as well as normal
Weight loss or gain
In my sessions I never talk about the past and I do not offer advice. I help you find your own way of lifting yourself out of low mood or depression. This ensures that you have the tools and techniques that you need even when the sessions have finished. The great news is that solution focused conversation and hypnotherapy are safe and effective methods to lift you out of depression.
Hypnotherapy can be used on its own or in conjunction with any anti depressant medication your G.P. might have described.