Anxiety & Depression - Support & strategies to help you control your emotions.
Looking for support and strategies to reduce your anxiety, lift your depression or control your anger can be daunting and confusing. If we know how emotions are created and what we can do about them then our emotions can be regulated.
Positive change for a positive life
Our primitive brain (limbic brain) house our survival responses of flight, fight, freeze. For modern day humans these manifest themselves as anxiety (flight), anger (fight) and depression (freeze).
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a therapy during which you learn about how your brain works. You’ll learn strategies to calm you, lift your mood and manage your feelings in a more productive way to facilitate beneficial change. This change may be from negative thinking to more proactive thinking, becoming more active or spending time with people who make you feel better.
Understanding how the brain works is a key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
The initial consultation is designed to assess what you want to achieve and how hypnotherapy can help you. You will begin to understand why you think, behave and suffer in the way you do and more importantly what can be done to help you. We do not use hypnosis in this first session. You will learn in more detail about the different parts of the brain, why we respond with the primitive brain and how we can ‘move’ to the rational, sensible part, the pre-frontal cortex.
Subsequent sessions involve much more than hypnosis. During the first part of each session we’ll talk about the progress you have made and I’ll encourage you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. You’ll start to notice pleasing and beneficial changes in the way you respond to things that would have upset or frustrated you in the past. I’ll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more positive perspective on the quality of your life. I’ll then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
We all experience trance (hypnotic state) in our everyday lives.
Have you ever driven home and not remembered part of the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so you have been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being hypnotised. You were conscious and had not fallen asleep but your mind was ‘elsewhere’.
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and can be reached in an induced state of deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestions. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns to positive solutions.
In SFH we use an indirect language pattern to replicate the daydream state. This is when we consolidate memory and make changes. What we are consolidating is the conversation (talking therapy) we’ve had prior to the trance. The suggestions the client is ‘open’ to are their own.
During hypnosis I will guide you into a similar state so that beneficial suggestions can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
The sessions are a collaboration between me, the therapist and you, the client. Ultimately you will learn self-hypnosis and have the skills to continue making progress independently.
Some people like to know how SFH is different to other styles of therapy and hypnotherapy. There will be similarities with other future focused therapies and the belief that although we cannot change the past we can change how we respond and take control of our thinking so we can engage positively in the present and look forward to the future.
We focus our treatment on the practice of positive activity, positive interaction and positive thinking, identifying positive change and solutions. We certainly don’t dismiss clients’ past experiences however, we don’t dwell on them, analyse them or try to unearth buried memories.
We don’t ignore the problems but first engage the rational part of the brain (pre-frontal cortex) by talking about positives so that we can consider solutions. Spending time dwelling on what’s gone wrong will keep us in the primitive brain which results in anxiety, anger, depression.
It is very much about problem solving rather than dwelling on the problems. It helps you focus on positive change so that you can put your thoughts into perspective so that you worry less, enjoy life more and feel calm, confident and in control.
If you are on anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication you can still benefit from hypnotherapy although changing any medication would need to be discussed with your GP.
Clients on average have around 6 sessions, though some have far fewer and some more. It is uncommon to have more than 12.