Frequently asked questions.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness – reached using skilled relaxation techniques – allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
When might hypnotherapy be useful?
Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress-related issues and for a range of long-term conditions, and in recent years has been gaining steam in the medical world after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
While more concrete evidence is needed to support the use of hypnosis in additional areas as an alternative to conventional medicine, many have found the process has been incredibly effective either when used in tandem with traditional treatment or when used independently after other avenues have been exhausted.
What is solution focused hypnotherapy?
Some therapy techniques involve looking back at your past and considering what might have caused your current issue. For some, this approach is ideal and can be what’s needed to move forward. For others however, a different approach may be beneficial.
Solution focused hypnotherapy does not focus on what has happened in your past and instead looks at your present situation, and your future.
The philosophy of solution focused hypnotherapy is based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the technique they developed, solution focused brief therapy (SFBT). This form of therapy is used in different types of treatment, including psychotherapy and of course, hypnotherapy.
Setting goals for the future is a key component. In this form of therapy you, the client, set specific, concrete and realistic goals. Once you have done this, your hypnotherapist will use questioning techniques.
For example, a solution focused hypnotherapist may ask you to consider your preferred future…
What would your future look like if the problem you’re experiencing had improved? What would have changed?
Questions like these help solutions become more obvious, giving you actionable steps to take to reach your goal. A core belief of solution focused practitioners is that you, the client, have the strength and resources to solve your own problems. The role of the therapist is to prompt and guide you along this journey.
Adding hypnosis to this technique is what separates solution focused hypnotherapy from traditional solution focused brief therapy. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation where the subconscious becomes more open to positive suggestion. Incorporating relaxation and guided visualization can help to enhance the solution work being carried out.
What can it help with?
Like most hypnotherapy approaches, solution focused hypnotherapy is very helpful for those with anxiety or conditions that are made worse by anxiety.
Those who struggle with negative thinking may also benefit from this approach. Hypnosis is a great tool to help shift thinking to be more positive. This combined with the solution focused work can really help you to replace negative, anxious thoughts with more positive and proactive thoughts.
Does everyone respond to hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any skepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
What is registration/accreditation with a professional body?
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means that a hypnotherapist has achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved and recognized by their professional body.
What training, qualifications and experience should hypnotherapists have?
There are currently no guidelines in place stipulating the training and qualifications a hypnotherapist must have in order to practice. However, industry guidelines recommend that individuals should have completed at least an appropriate diploma or have completed a course that involved a minimum of 450 learning hours, of which 120 must have been face-to-face.
How regularly will I see my hypnotherapist?
How regularly you see your hypnotherapist will be something you will decide on together. Initially, you may decide you wish to meet on a weekly basis, but depending on improvements and how you feel, you may choose to then see them more or less frequently.
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