What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

I use a combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy alongside hypnosis.

This type of therapy is optimistic, forward looking and helps you to find out what it is that you want out of your life when things are better. Much therapy is problem centred and this makes you very good at your problem. In fact the problem may seem to take up much of your thinking. 

Using a solution focused perspective helps you to see the glimpses of your life that happen when the problem isn’t bothering you and focusing on them. The fact that the problem isn’t there all of the time means that there are times (even very small times) when you can handle it. This is what we focus on. Over time, the brain learns to focus on what is going well rather than what’s wrong. That is when the glimpses start getting bigger and more frequent. Eventually there is more glimpse than problem and you feel better, more in control and ever such a lot more like yourself again.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. The Psychotherapy in itself is Brief Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT) and is very optimistic and hopeful. The effects of SFBT are enhanced by the use of Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.

What to expect:

Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is “done” to them, that they explain their issue to mewho then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process. I work with you to find out what it is that you want to change and 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. I will explain about how the brain works and how problems are created and then what we can do to help solve them and make changes.

Subsequent Hypnotherapy 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 be encouraging 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 useful 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.

What is Psychotherapy?

There are many different kinds of Psychotherapy, all of which aim to help people overcome stress or emotional problems. Psychotherapy involves talking together to help clients overcome their difficulties. Psychotherapy is often referred to as a ‘talking treatment’.

What to expect:

Solution Focused Psychotherapy is future oriented:

The type of Psychotherapy I practise is ‘Solution Focused’ Therapy 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.

Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems.

Instead we:

  • acknowledge where you are currently
  • identify where you want to be
  • help you to make the necessary changes

Solution Focused Psychotherapy avoids problem talk:

The type of Psychotherapy I practise does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge they happened and help you get from where you are to where you want to be. I don’t do regression.

What is Hypnosis like?

Actually, we all experience the Hypnotic or Trance state in our everyday lives.

Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being in Hypnosis.

During Hypnosis, you will be guided into a similar state so that beneficial suggestions can be directed towards your subconscious mind. I ask my clients to lie on a comfy couch, put on some relaxing music and say very positive things that the subconscious will take on board. It is rather like updating your operating software on your computer.

What Hypnosis is:

Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.

Clients often comment about how “ordinary” Hypnosis feels – it’s not unlike daydreaming – you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, you could think of it as guided daydreaming. Hypnosis feels really pleasant!

What Hypnosis isn’t:

Contrary to the image 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.

Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you. 


“Hypnotherapy was a way of putting myself back in perspective. Reminding myself of who I am and who I want to be rather than the person anxiety made me, it gave me the clarity to see the difference and the confidence to address the problems. It allowed me to take a step back by creating an unbiased space that I felt totally secure in, and gave me room to breathe and focus on an issue that I barely wanted to acknowledge. 

Before I started hypnotherapy I wasn’t really sure what to expect, it felt like something that only happened in films, but everything was done at a speed tailored to me and explained so well that I felt completely comfortable and in control the whole way through. 

I think starting is the hardest part, but it defiantly changed my attitude and approach to life and also helped me in ways I wasn’t expecting, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.” (Polly D)