What is solutions-focused hypnotherapy?

Solutions Focused Hypnotherapy

This unique therapy combines the knowledge of neuroscience with guided relaxation.  The fascinating knowledge of how the brain works is combined with the power of a relaxed state of mind.  We know that the brain is a very powerful organ when it is relaxed.

In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we access both the intellectual and emotional experiences.  We enhance a set of skills that bring about a positive experience, build coping ability, improve confidence and empower you.

The therapy works through step by step processes.  Positive change happens with a change of focus.  The therapy is about the change of focus that is meaningful to each individual.  It is tailored to a fine degree.

The therapy reenergises, calms and creates opportunities to experience positive change through effective decision making.

Hypnosis is daydreaming

We can all lose ourselves in a moment and stray into a thought and emotion that feels good. We drift into those daydream states whether we are with someone or whether we’re on our own. Hypnosis is a natural condition for the brain, but we don’t know it under this term in our everyday language. We might call it a daydream instead.

So what is happening in our brain when we daydream? The mind consolidates information to which it’s exposed, as well as our thoughts, language and imagination. This happens every few minutes. If the experiences are emotionally powerful, then the brain stores the information in the long-term memory bank.

It is for this reason that we can be certain that hypnosis happens internally, but it’s often triggered by external experience; looking at a beautiful view, listening to a favourite song, a memory recollection. In all of these situations, the control of the daydream remains with you, and it’s the same in our treatment rooms. You are completely in control of your responses. Imagine your phone rings as you are looking at beautiful scenery, you would be aware of the ringing and decide if you want to answer it or not. You can choose whether to come out of your reverie or not.

Imagine that you recall a happy memory – this would feel good to you and bring back feelings of happiness. Smells can also transport you to other times. For example, the scent of freshly baked bread might instantly transport you back to your childhood kitchen or the smell of lavender might always remind your of your grandmother, and then you lose yourself thinking about the happy times you shared with her. That is hypnosis. It happens instantly, it is not a conscious decision or choice.

Hypnotherapy treatment is about engaging with your best possible life experiences and knowing that we understand what that feels like. We are looking for your best possible emotional response to build better awareness, change your conscious focus and find pleasure in what you think, feel and do.

What is it like for us when we are treating a client?

Treating a client is like being in a control room that belongs to the client. We are there as a guest. When we are first introduced, we are completely sensory deprived. We cannot feel, see or sense what they can. After a while we start to build our own sensory image of this room. We can only imagine it based on the client’s descriptions and it will be a very limited image. We are, however, curious to learn about what all the buttons and levers do, and which ones are considered the most effective. In the end, though, it’s the client who has to press the buttons and move the levers for the effect to be felt and experienced. Only you can truly manifest change.

You are always in control

The act of hypnosis is based on three fundamental emotional processes. The first is the agreement: you agree to take part by saying, ‘I want to have a go’. The second is compliance: once we have agreed, we are likely to follow this agreement through. The third is peer pressure: we are ‘performing’ for the crowd; we want to succeed within our tribe/community/family. But, remember, even on a stage the performer is always in control. The hypnotist provides instructions and, as long as these are not against your principles, you can carry these out easily. You don’t even need to use logic to decide whether what you do is rational or not.

Hypnosis is an everyday state and we can use it to improve our wellbeing by drawing our attention to the positive aspects of our life experience. This is what our work is about: creating an opportunity for positive change.

“Our unconscious learning is retained much longer. And it’s not so available as our conscious thoughts. And our unconscious knowledge comes forth when it’s needed.”

M H Erickson

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Gabrielle is a member of NCH, RCM associate member and a member of The Hypnobirthing Association