What is Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy?
In simple terms, it is about finding solutions to your problems without excessive dwelling on your past. It is based on the latest neuroscience and uses practical, modern and well researched strategies to help people make significant, positive and lasting changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.
What we think shapes our world and how we see it, both emotionally and to a considerable extent physiologically too. If we are able to change our outlook, what we think and do, we could create gentle yet profound changes in our lives. When we do something different we get a different result. Hypnosis in itself is a very gentle and comfortable state to be in, like a deep meditation yet you are aware of everything around you, promoting a deep sense of relaxation. Calm and peaceful. From here we are able to get into a hypnotic trance, to slow down the frequency of the brain which makes it easier for us to access our subconscious mind where we can reprogramme new and more helpful ways of thinking and behaving.
95% of our decisions are made by our subconscious mind
Did you know that 95% of our daily decisions are made by our subconscious mind? Staggering, isn’t it? It’s the autopilot stuff that we think and do, day in and day out. Familiar habitual behaviour such as eating certain foods or too much of it sits here, as does smoking, drinking too much or any other repetitive habit that we’d rather do without yet feel helpless to change. No wonder then, if we’re only in control of 5% of our conscious thinking, that changing stuff is so hard.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a totally natural state of mind. You may not be aware of this but you go into hypnotic trances every day without knowing it. It is very similar to daydreaming or that first 20 minutes of falling asleep. Perhaps you’ve been staring out of the window of the bus going into work, or driven home along a road you know well yet not remembered parts of the journey. Or maybe you have been so totally preoccupied looking at your phone or tablet that you didn’t hear when someone called your name. If any of these examples ring a bell, you’ve been in a hypnotic trance.
Hypnosis has been widely used throughout history
Hypnosis has been used for a very long time and is a safe and evidence based method to create gentle yet effective change. It was used during the WWII to treat traumatised soldiers and is today widely used for treatments of PTSD and phobias to name a few. Stubborn habits such as smoking, weight loss and OCD are other areas where hypnotherapy has proven very successful.
Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy can also be helpful with:
- Anxiety & overwhelm
- Pain and long term illness
- Lack of confidence (adults & teens)
- Weight management
- Poor sleep
What Hypnotherapy isn’t…
Solution focused hypnotherapy is miles away from stage hypnotism or fearing you’ll will be ‘out of it’ and not in control. On the contrary, you are fully conscious during the hypnosis session and you can even open your eyes at any time should you so wish. No one is going to make you cluck like a chicken or hop on one leg. I promise 🙂
‘I have been seeing Birgitta weekly now for about 6 weeks and as early as after our first session I noticed subtle changes in my own behaviour and thinking. I am working with self-confidence issues, negative thought spirals and I’m also trying to change my relationship with alcohol as I use it to dampen feelings. Birgitta is very insightful and truly has a gift. Her approach is methodical and direct. I could not recommend her more highly.’
– Joan, East Sheen
Your preferred future
Regardless of what your challenges may be, Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy focuses on your preferred future and the direction you want your life to go. I use a combination of the latest neuroscience, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Solution Focused BRIEF Therapy combined with clinical hypnosis. Clients usually make significant positive and beneficial changes within a relatively short period of time through accessing the part of the brain which is receptive to changing negative thoughts, habits and behaviour.
Collaboration with your therapist
Investment in solution focused hypnotherapy can be one of the best choices you make to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life but it’s not an instant fix. To change ingrained beliefs and thought patterns in the brain we need repetition. Clients tend to see me regularly for a number of weeks to warrant positive lasting change*. Depending on the issues it can be shorter or a bit lengthier if the habitual behaviour was created many years ago. We are all different and come with our own unique set of programmings. Specific fears and phobias are normally treated in about 4 sessions but we can discuss this over the phone when you ring and make your appointment.
‘My sessions with Birgitta have been a life changing. I used to get really cross with most people, especially my kids, and I was always anxious, feeling I had not done enough. Through hypnosis with Birgitta I have learned that only I am in charge of my future and that my thoughts shape my reality. I love, love, love the deep relaxation and will come back for a top up when life gets the better of me. Thank you.’
*Please note. Hypnotherapy is not like waving a magic wand. Ultimately it is down to you to want to make the changes and be willing to engage in the therapeutic process. It is effectively a collaborative effort and we will be working as a team. For this reason I cannot guarantee results.