Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a relatively new therapeutic approach that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. This type of therapy is based on the idea that solutions to problems can be found by focusing on the positive aspects of a situation. It follows a specific structure and uses specific techniques, all of which are designed to help the client find their own solutions.
Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective for a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression and low mood, stress, phobias, and even weight loss. It is a non-invasive and gentle therapy that can be used to help people with mental health and psychological issues overcome negative thinking.
It’s a type of talking therapy that combines psychology with hypnosis and can be used to treat a whole range of psychological conditions.
Solution-focused hypnotherapists differ from other types of hypnosis treatments because instead of looking at the past and unpicking past trauma, the therapist focuses on the preferred future. Establishing positive thought patterns that help bring about lasting change.
A brief history of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
This type of theraputic hypnosis has origins in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Milton Erickson, who is considered the father of modern hypnosis, was also an early proponent of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. In the 1950s, he developed a form of therapy called Ericksonian hypnosis, which was based on the idea that solutions to problems could be found by focusing on the positive aspects of a situation.
Erickson’s work was further developed by Steve de Shazer, who is credited with being the founder of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. De Shazer, along with his wife Insoo Kim Berg, developed the key principles and techniques of SFBT.
In the UK, the AfSFH (Association for Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy) was set up in 2009 to promote and develop the field. The association is made up of accredited hypnotherapists who have undergone specialist training in this type of therapy.
How does it work?
Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on self-development and is based on the principle that everyone has the resources they need to overcome their problems. The aim of therapy is to help the individual find these resources and use them to solve their problems.
During the session, the therapist will work with the client to identify their goals and desired outcomes. The therapist will then help the client to develop a plan of action that will enable them to achieve their goals.
Clinical Hypnotherapy sessions usually last for around 60 minutes, and most people will need between four and six sessions to see significant results.
What to Expect
Your first session will be an initial consultation. This is where you and the solution-focused hypnotherapist will discuss your goals and what you hope to achieve from therapy.
Your hypnotherapist will then ask you about your current circumstances and how they’re affecting you. They’ll also ask you about your past experiences and any positive resources you have that could help you achieve your goals.
Once your therapist has a good understanding of your problem, they’ll begin to work with you (using a collaborative process called co-creation) to develop a plan of action. This will involve setting realistic goals and identifying any obstacles that might be preventing you from achieving these goals.
As well as discussing any positive changes you’ll want to make, your hypnotherapist will discuss the physiology of the brain and how the brain works, giving you a better understanding of how feelings and emotions are created.
Hypnosis is a natural state of being, you’ve probably experienced a trance-like state many times in your life. An example of this relaxed state of being could be when you’re driving and suddenly realise you can’t remember the last few miles, or when you’re absorbed in a book and the outside world fades away.
During hypnosis, your solution-focused hypnotherapist will help you to relax and enter into a state of focused attention. Once you’re in this relaxed trance state, the subconscious mind is more open to change. The hypnotherapist will then give a series of suggestions and new ideas to help bring about positive change. You will feel extremely relaxed and calm and aware of everything around you. Many clients find this deeply relaxed state a very pleasant and enjoyable experience.
It’s worth noting that hypnotherapy is very safe, you cannot get stuck in a trance and you are in complete control at all times.
As a brief therapy in just a few sessions, you should start to notice some positive changes in your life. Some clients feel the benefits after just one session, stating that unhelpful thought patterns become diminished. In most cases, changes may be small at first, but over a relatively short period clients feel calmer and more in control.
Making a Connection
If you’re thinking about trying Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, it’s important to find a qualified and experienced clinical hypnotherapist.
FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has a number of well-documented benefits.
It is effective in treating a wide range of psychological conditions, including anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, depression, phobias, and eating disorders.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is also a very practical, modern and straightforward approach to problem-solving. It focuses on finding solutions, rather than on analysing the past or diagnosing mental disorders.
In addition, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy where positive change can be achieved in a relatively short period of time. Most people will need between four and six sessions to see significant results. This makes Solution Focused Hypnotherapy a very cost-effective treatment option.
The solution-focused approach is different from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) by the focus. Whereas CBT can often focus on the negative aspects of clients’ lives, the solution-focused approach works towards new healthy patterns of behaviour.
The theory behind solution focused therapy is that solutions to problems can be found by focusing on the positive aspects of a situation. This type of therapy is based on the idea that people have the ability to change and grow, regardless of their past experiences.