Solution Focused Hypnotherapy FAQ’s

What Is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses a blend of psychotherapy and trance to bring about long lasting results. It is often referred to as a talking therapy. The psychotherapy element uses ‘Solution Focused Therapy’ techniques based on the latest brain research and neuroscience. These are are used along with hypnosis to reduce anxiety and bring about a feeling of calm and relaxation. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on what the client wants to acheive (the solution), rather than digging up problems of the past or focusing on the reason they booked their appointment(the problem).

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.

You have my promise that I will:

  • acknowledge where you are at the moment.
  • help you to identify where you would rather be.
  • guide you, as you make the necessary changes to get you there.

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, Will I Have To Tell You About My Painful Past?

As Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on what you want to achieve, the solution. We will spend very little time on the past (the problem). You only need to tell me what you want to tell me. Rather than analysing painful memories from the past, I will recognise that unpleasant events have happened. We will assess how they are affecting your life today.  I will then help you to get back to living the life you choose.

What Is Hypnosis & Is It Safe?

The hypnotic or trance state is very common, one we all experience every day of our lives. As a result it is a very safe and natural state. Whenever you become engrossed in a book and lose touch with time passing, then you’ve probably entered a self-induced hypnotic state. It is in this state that the subconscious mind is more aware and can choose to focus on positive suggestions and thoughts.

When we are in a state of Hypnosis we are extremely relaxed yet in a state of focused attention. In a hypnotic trance your mind is more responsive to suggestion. These suggestions are designed to help you change unhelpful thought patterns. However, it most definitly not any form of mind control. In the trance state we reamin in control at all times. We choose what information is useful and relevant and decide whether to act on it.

The change of mental state achieved through hypnosis can be seen on an Electro Encephalgram or EEG machine. This shows the various different states by veiwing the electrical activity in the brain. There are four main brainwave patterns, Alpha(Wakeful relaxation), Theta(extremely relaxed/Light sleep), Beta (Busy/focused) and Delta(Sleep) Gamma (Processing information and learning)waves.

Alpha waves are produced when we first wake up, when we’re nicely relaxed but are also present when we meditate or are in a trance state. Theta wave are produced when we’re extremely relaxed such as that experienced when in a trance state or in a light sleep state. Beta wave are produced when we’re getting on with life generally. We see Beta waves when we’re making decisions and are focused and alert. Delta waves are the slowest brain wave and appear when we’re in a deep dreamless sleep. Gamma waves are the fastest type of brainwave and are seen when we’re processing information of learning something new. As we are guided into the trance state we move from Beta waves to Theta/Alpha waves when  monitored on an EEG machine. We become more relaxed and are able to visualise potentially new ideas and scenarios. that may be useful. A study in 2009 showed that Alpha and Theta waves are generated when we are in a trance state.


Can Hypnotherapy Make Me Do Something I Don’t Want To Do?

Hypnotherapy cannot make you do something against your will. Contrary to the popular stage or film image, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind. No one can 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. To be hypnotised we must allow the process to take place by relaxing.