Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with:
Stress and Anxiety (including Social Anxiety)
Improving Your Confidence
Managing Your Weight
Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Phobias and Fears
Giving Up Smoking
Low Mood and Depression
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Panic Attacks and P.T.S.D
Please find below more details of how I can help you with any of the above. If you cannot find what you are looking for get in touch and I will happily explain how I can help you.
First, I am going to explain to you about what Solution Focused therapy actually is.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a type of ‘talking therapy’, that combines the use of psychotherapy with hypnosis. Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is a very natural, relaxing state, encouraged by using guided relaxation, where the mind can relax and then focus on thoughts and suggestions that might be useful. As a modern psychotherapeutic approach, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, structured, and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time. Crucially, in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, therapists look at what the client wants to achieve (the solution) rather than at whatever prompted them to seek help (the problem). I never ask you to discuss the past.
Hypnosis or trance describes times when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. Trance used during hypnotherapy is very different from the kind of things we might see in ‘stage hypnosis’.
In our day to day lives we all naturally go in and out of trance states many times during the day – perhaps when we are driving, reading a good book or even washing the dishes. In this relaxed state, we experience changes in our conscious awareness – almost like being in a day-dream. During this time, the unconscious mind is more aware and can focus on helpful suggestions and thoughts.
Trance is a very natural and safe state. Contrary to what you might see on the television, trance is not mind-control! When we are in a trance state we are still in control, and we process and decide whether information or suggestions are useful to us or not and will not accept or do anything against our will.
Being in a trance is a very relaxing experience – and it is something that all of us will frequently experience in our daily lives. In fact, experiencing changes in our conscious awareness is a vital part of our existence as humans – we need times where we can relax, reflect and consolidate information, and utilise different parts of our brains for different activities.
I can help most people but my clients do need to have a desire to change and improve their situation. The first thing I aim to do is to start to build a good rapport and therapeutic relationship with my client from the very first initial consultation. We build on this together in future sessions.
In the therapeutic setting of my tranquil therapy room I use hypnotherapy because it helps to directly assess the subconscious mind. Once my clients are in a state of relaxation the conscious mind becomes less active and the subconscious mind becomes more open and receptive to positive suggestion and reinforcement. The brain is more receptive to positive suggestions when the conscious mind is less alert.
There is lots of evidence on line supporting the long term benefits of hypnotherapy to deal with many conditions. Negative beliefs, values and behaviours can be changed which can help my clients towards a happy and healthy life.
If you read my testimonials you can see how I have already helped some of my clients.
Below is more information on how I can help you.
Early man and woman would have faced many threats including wild animals and other tribes. They would have had to hunt for food and protect their families. Early man's primitive brain would have responded to these factors with either anxiety, anger or depression.
We also know these as the flight, fight or freeze responses.
When we are stressed chemicals are released into our brains and bodies to help us cope with any threat or danger. Signs this is happening include an increased heart rate and sweaty palms.
The primitive part of our brain is therefore responsible for our stress response.
If the primitive brain thinks we are in a time of crises it will automatically step in to help and override our rational and logical brain.
In the short term this is fine. Short term stress is often useful and the primitive brain is only in charge for a short period of time.
Long term stress is not helpful and the primitive brain remains in charge for longer. We are no longer using our rational brain and this has a significant impact on our physical and emotional well being. This can lead to ongoing anxiety, anger, depression and poor decision making and disruptive sleep.
Anger, anxiety or depression can therefore become our normal response even when it's not needed. Sometimes these responses are triggered by certain things. A common example is feeling anxious about attending an event where you have to interact with other people. This is commonly know as social anxiety and can lead to people unwilling to interact with others even though when on they are on their own they feel perfectly calm and relaxed.
In my free initial consultation I explain more about how the brain works and how I can help you to start living a calmer life and how you can carry this calmness with you at all times.
Many people say they are lacking in confidence. In this day and age we can too easily find ways to look at others and compare ourselves, for example in glossy magazines and on facebook.
Fortunately confidence is a state of mind. If we believe we can or cannot do something then that is what happens.
In my free initial consultation I explain how the brain works and why your confidence might be low. I then explain how I can help you to build your confidence.
Early man and woman had to hunt for their food and would often overeat in times of plenty to sustain them when no food was available. So we know we can override the feeling of satiety (feeling full). But early man could also control what he ate when food was scarce. Its likely if he ate more than his fair share the rest of the tribe would not tolerate his behavior for long. So we can usually control what we eat.
Our rational part of our brain makes good decisions that lead us to eat just what we need when we need it.
However, when we are stressed, for whatever reason, our primitive brain steps into help. This part of our brain is in control of our habits and lead us to eat too much or not enough. Diets do not look at why we are over eating and therefore quite often do not work in the long term. If the stress remains its very hard to change the eating habits.
The treatment I offer focuses on all aspects of your life and on reducing your stress. This will put your rational brain back in charge and this will help you to be able to change your eating habits.
In the free initial consultation I explain more about how the brain works and its effect on weight management and how I can help you.
We all have injuries from time to time. Following an injury nerves in the area of the pain send messages to the brain. We feel the pain when the brain gets the message. The brain produces as much pain as it thinks we need and this is usually useful as it acts as a warning that we need to rest and protect the inured area. This pain goes once we are healed and it is known as acute pain.
Sometimes, however, the body continues to send messages even when the injury has healed. The brain carries on responding to these messages and therefore continues to produce pain.
Scientific research has shown that stress increases pain and keeps it turned on when otherwise it would have switched off. Its therefore important to reduce stress levels to reduce pain.
Hypnotherapy has been effective in treating painful conditions such as :
Irritable bowel Syndrome
In my free initial consultation I explain more about why the pain is there and how I can help.
Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia have to be diagnosed by your G.P. Before coming to see me you need to have had any medical causes for the symptoms ruled out. The G.P. may have organised blood tests for you and referrals to specialists such as Rheumatologists or Neurologists.
Chronic fatigue is fatigue beyond the normal tiredness most of us experience. Fibromyalgia symptoms include fatigue, general pain, brain fog, clumsiness, poor sleep and sensitivity to touch and maybe light and sound.
As mentioned above, in the persistent pain section, ongoing pain is due to hypersensitivity or overactivity in the messages from the brain to create the feeling of pain. Stress levels will also be running high.
The older primitive part of the brain is responsible for responding to stress and it protects us from perceived and real danger with the Fight, Flight , Freeze response (Anger, Anxiety or Depression).
When we are under stress chemicals such as adrenalin and cortisol are released and affect the brain and the body and can lead to symptoms of fatigue and fibromyalgia.
In the free initial consultation I explain more about how these chemicals work and how I can help to clam both the pain and stress and get you back to your real self.
I can help with nearly all fears and phobias. I use hypnotherapy to help you change the thought patterns that are stored in your primitive brain. These ingrained thought patterns cause you to react the way you do when you are confronted by the thing you fear.
When I help you it is in a calm and relaxing way and you do not have to confront your fears head on. You also remain in control of the process at all times.
In the free initial consultation I explain how I can help you in just three one hour sessions.
Fears can be of:
This is just short list to give you an idea of what I can help with.
Hypnotherapy can help you give up smoking without the cravings, bad temper, irritability or weight gain.
Smokers believe smoking helps them with stress, raises their confidence and helps them cope in general.
In my one off quit smoking session I explain that this is far from the case. The chemicals in cigarettes actually increase your stress and the damage you know they are doing to your physical health as well as the cost are likely to be causing you anxiety.
I explain in the session that we have more control than we believe we have. You give up smoking when you travel, visit people's homes and in your work place. So you already know that, like millions of others in that last decade, that you can give up if you want to.
That is the most important question I ask you. Do you really want to give up.
I can help you , with hypnosis , to take control of the primitive part of your brain (where repeated habits are stored) so that you have more control and the ability to say ' I am a non smoker'.
This session all depends on your desire to give up. If you are still at the stage where you are not sure you are not ready for this session.
In the session I reinforce the message that you can give up and how your amazing body starts recovering from the effects of smoking almost immediately.
Whilst you are wondering if you are ready you might want to reflect on the fact that the chemicals stay on your body/clothes for up to 20 minutes after you put out your cigarette. So if you are coming into contact with young children and babies - wait awhile before you give them their next hug.
This one off session takes up to two hours and can benefit your mental and physical health and your pocket!
Depression has many symptoms and can be very isolating. Even though, on some level, you are interacting with the rest of the World (for example managing to hold down a job) inside you may be feeling hollow and unable to cope.
Loss of enjoyment in the things you usually enjoy
Insomnia, Fatigue or loss of energy
Guilt ( for no real reason)
Inability to concentrate as well as normal
Weight loss or gain
In my sessions I never talk about the past but I simply explain why your brain might be making you feel the way you do. The great news is that hypnotherapy is a safe, effective and relatively quick way (compared to other therapies) to lift you out of depression. It has no side effects and I do not need to ask any intrusive questions.
Hypnotherapy can be used on its own or in conjunction with any anti depressant medication your G.P. might have described.
In the free initial consultation I explain how the naturally occurring chemicals in your brain play their part in making you feel like you do and how I can help. Many clients have not had this explained to them before and say they feel slightly happier even after the initial consultation as they can understand how I can help them to start to get better.
If you think you have OCD you probably realise that you have compulsive thoughts and obsessive behaviours that are irrational. You may partake in ritualised and repetitive behaviours sun has switching off lights 10 times before you are happy they are off. The thoughts and actions might be irrational but you do not seem to be able to prevent them.
In the initial consultation I explain that we have 'primitive brain' , the original part and and 'intellectual mind'.
When we are in the intellectual mind are actions area based on a proper assessment of the situation and they will be rational and usually positive.
The primitive brain, which includes our fight, flight or freeze response (anger, anxiety, depression) kicks in in times of danger and protects us. It is an obsessional part of the brain and also negative. It will see things from the worst perspective and force you to keep looking out for danger. This is great if we are in 'real' danger but not so great when it take over our ever day life.
If we spend too much of our time in the primitive brain the obsessional behaviour (checking off danger) can lead to compulsive behaviours that instead of being a response to danger, they become our normal response.
In the free initial consultation I explain more about how the brain works and how I can help you.
OCD is a deep ingrained behaviour and therefore more hypnotherapy sessions than usual are needed to start to help you. However, quite often in comparisons to the number of years that you might have had to live with OCD, the time will be relatively short.
Before seeking hypnotherapy treatment for panic attacks or P.T.S.D. you need to have had them diagnosed by your G.P. or another medical practitioner, and medical causes for them need to have been ruled out. I can help you but not diagnose you.
Anyone who has ever suffered from a panic attack will tell you how terrifying they are. They may be triggered by specific events or situations or occur for no obvious reason. They are characterised by their sudden onset and severe physical symptoms.
Shortness of breath, Nausea,
In extreme cases you may feel that you are going to die.
The primitive (oldest) part of the brain is responsible for the fight, flight or freeze response (anger, anxiety, depressions) when we are in a stressful situation. A panic attack is a an intense fight, flight or freeze response. The primitive brain releases chemicals such as adrenalin and cortisol that lead to the physical symptoms of a panic attack and they affect the brain.
In my free initial consultation I explain how I can help you to manage panic attacks and if you are suffering from P.T.S.D, why your brain is reacting the way it is to past events. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy calms the primitive brain and eventually stops the panic.
Unfortunately, every day life can cause our stress and anxiety levels to rise. This may be such a gradual process that we do not even realise what is happening.
As a response to this increased stress our primitive (original part of our brain) steps in and tries to help. Its response is always fight, flight or freeze. In modern society we see these responses as anger, anxiety or depression.
We have a natural way to process and deal with our stress. This process happens during Rapid Eye Movement Sleep (REM). If we have too much stress and anxiety our brain becomes overwhelmed and we can find ourselves suddenly awake, feeling miserable and, with our mind, racing we cannot go back to sleep.
We therefore get up in the morning feeling unrefreshed and this in turns causes us more anxiety and stress.
In my free initial consultation I explain about what is happening in our brain to cause us sleepless nights and how I can help you.
Everyone who comes to my initial consultation gets access to my free recording, which I have already been told by many clients that sometimes it straight away it helps them to get a better night's sleep. Then from the first session I help you reduce your stress and anxiety so further promoting better sleep patterns.