What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & Can It Help You?

Here’s a 26 min live video explaining the benefits and answering common questions.

Or keep reading for a brief overview…

Let’s start by defining what hypnosis is:

The brain has different levels of consciousness, or awareness, ranging from fully alert to drowsy to fully asleep, with variations in between.

Hypnosis is a specific form of brain activity that involves highly focused attention, coupled with dissociation, openness to suggestion, and an enhanced ability to modulate perception.

Clinical hypnosis deliberately induces a relaxed state of awareness. Once the mind is in a relaxed state, any therapeutic suggestions can have great effect on attitudes, perceptions and behaviours. 

Some scientists and health care professionals will use the terms “automatic mind” or “unconscious mind”.

Solution focused hypnotherapy (SFH)

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern form of hypnotherapy which is goal oriented and beneficial for personal development.

The focus is on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. The symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted.

Instead, the therapist encourages a vision of the future and offers support as they determine the skills, resources, and abilities needed to achieve that vision successfully. Eg. new thought patterns, behaviours and habits.

Therapy focuses on what the client wants to achieve (the solution) rather than whatever prompted them to seek help (the problem).

Until about 15 years ago, scientists largely believed that the brain and personality was pretty much fixed and stable, however relatively recent advances in neuroscience have shown that the brain is adaptable, like plasticine, and it can change throughout our life.

An example of this neuroplasticity is learning a new skill like driving a car.

In the beginning it’s quite overwhelming with gears, mirrors, accelerator, brake and hundreds of road rules. Yet within a relatively short space of time most of us have acquired these driving skills and our behaviour becomes automatic whenever we get behind the wheel.

We create new pathways in our brain by practice and repetition over time.

The more we do a specific activity or think a certain way, a structural path is formed which gets stronger and more resilient the more we repeat it. So much so that it’s difficult to act or think in a different way!

The brain will follow the path of least resistance and repeat what is most familiar.

This is why Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is intentionally focused toward minimising emphasis on past failings and problems (retracing negative neural pathways), and instead focuses on clients strengths and previous successes (creating and reinforcing positive neural pathways).

How can SFH be effective?

Everyday we face literally thousands of decisions, with some researchers suggesting we make up to 35 000 decisions a day!

That’s a huge workload for our conscious mind to deal with, and so the majority of these decisions (the ones we make on a regular basis) are outsourced to our subconscious mind.

Things like… how you’ll tie your shoe laces, which hand you’ll use to open the fridge, which route you’ll take to work, what you do when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

We’ve performed these actions so often that our brain resorts to a learned behaviour or habit so we don’t even consciously think before we act!

Which is great if you have healthy habits and routines, a positive mental attitude and you’re bubbling with self confidence….

But not so great if your subconscious mind has been conditioned to form unhealthy habits, a victim mentality and poor self esteem.

If you want to make significant lifestyle changes, you need to address your subconscious thoughts and behaviours!

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