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About hypnotherapy, hypnosis and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Who can benefit?
What can I expect in the treatment sessions?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process between me the therapist, and you the client. It is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
The initial consultation is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. 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.
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.
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.
How exactly does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. Psychotherapy is often known as 'talking therapy'. The hypnosis aspect of the therapy is an induced state of deep relaxation, often referred to as trance.
In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestions.
In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy 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.
What is the difference between Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) and other forms of hypnotherapy?
Like other forms of solution focused psychotherapy SFH is future orientated and is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests it focuses on solutions for the future rather than analysing problems of the past.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern, and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.
With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we look at what the you want to achieve (the solution) rather than at whatever prompted you to visit me (the problem).
The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. I will ask you to consider your preferred future, for instance, what would be better if the problem had improved? What would have changed? This enables the possible solutions to become more obvious and gives the you a goal to work towards.
David Newton - Senior Lecturer at Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training and Chairman of Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy explains more about the development of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.
What is trance (hypnotic state)?
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 simply a state of focused attention. 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.
During hypnosis I will guide you into a similar state so that beneficial suggestions can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
Who can benefit from hypnotherapy ?
The simple answer is anyone who wants to make changes in their life.
Can you work with my child?
Hypnotherapy is highly effective with children and teenagers as they are generally more receptive to hypnosis. They have very vivid imaginations which makes it easier to access the subconscious mind and bring around the desired changes. Children are very good at daydreaming and they enjoy it. Having been a primary school teacher for over 20 years I have plenty of experience working with young people. During my initial training I took an additional seminar on 'Working with Children'. For your peace of mind I have a current Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.
I have Asperger Syndrome. Can hypnotherapy help me?
If you want to make changes to your life then yes. Many of us suffer with anxiety at some time or other and being on the autistic spectrum can intensify these feelings. During my teaching career and personal life I have had extensive experience and interest in this field.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
The key areas are anxiety and stress and all symptoms associated with them. Once we no longer suffer with anxiety and stress we can focus on enhancing our performance in whatever area we wish to.
There are many conditions that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with - click here for an extensive list.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions that you will need will depend upon the nature of your condition and your own level of commitment and motivation.
The treatment of phobias often requires four sessions, other areas usually require between eight and twelve sessions. Some more deep rooted unwanted thoughts and behaviours will take longer.
As with the learning of all new skills results may vary from person to person.
Each session will last 50 minutes.
What happens in between sessions?
I will give you a guided meditation CD for you to listen to every night and explain why this will help. You may also listen to it here directly from the website.
Please do not listen to the recording whilst driving or operating machinery.
How much do sessions cost?
Telephone enquiry In this free, no obligation conversation, you have the opportunity to tell me what you would like help with and to find out in more detail if and how I can help you.
Initial consultation £70
Subsequent hypnotherapy sessions £70
How do I pay?
Payment to be made by cash or cheque at the end of a session or bank transfer prior to the session.
Appointments are important. Please ensure you give me as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend. I reserve the right to charge for cancellations made within 48 hours notice or non-attendance.
Can I get treatment on the NHS or through my private health insurance?
At the moment it is unusual to have hypnotherapy funded through the NHS, although GPs may well recommend it as supplementary healthcare. You would need to speak to your private healthcare provider as to whether they would fund it. Some companies will pay for alternative therapies as part of staff well-being.
Is hypnotherapy like stage hypnosis?
No, not really. Stage hypnotists have great charisma and showmanship and they are entertainers . Clinical hypnotherapists are trained to help you improve your life. We both use the natural state of trance but for different ends.
Will I lose control and be made to something I don't want to?
Contrary to the image often portrayed in films, books and the media, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind. No one can hypnotise you against your will.
Stage and gameshow hypnosis is designed to entertain and to make us laugh (or cringe). Subsequently the 'volunteers' and contestants are usually carefully vetted and selected to be those people willing to behave in amusing ways.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to do. Your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
What is the difference between a hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist?
In the UK, hypnotherapists are not required to have any specific training by law. A clinical hypnotherapist however will have trained with a recognised training provider and is a licensed clinician who can use the practice to treat a range of medical and psychological conditions. They will have met the standard required to be licensed and recognised by specific registered bodies such as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council . CNHC was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
These are some of the more common areas hypnotherapy can help with:
There are many more conditions that I can help you with - click here for a more extensive list.