Exploring Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: A Path to Positive Change

Have you ever wondered about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and how it could transform your life for the better? Let’s delve into what this approach is all about and how it can be a game-changer.

In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, the spotlight is firmly on what you want to achieve (the solution) rather than dwelling on the problems. This therapy has a unique advantage – it can be remarkably effective even if you’re not inclined to discuss all your concerns.

This method combines the elements of “talking therapy” with the power of hypnosis. Its roots trace back to Brief therapy, which emerged in the 1960s as a response to the extensive timeframes often associated with traditional psychoanalysis. The clue is in the name, it’s usually a much briefer form of therapy.

With your full commitment, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can deliver results relatively quickly. Typically, sessions are held on a weekly basis. You’ll be encouraged to craft a vision of your desired aims and each week, you’ll take small but purposeful steps towards reaching your goal.

Wondering what to expect during your initial visit?

The first session entails an initial consultation, which typically lasts around 45 minutes. During this conversation, you’ll have the opportunity to explain why you’re seeking help. Background and medical questions will be posed to help form a comprehensive understanding of your situation, your future aspirations, and the resources at your disposal.

In this session, you’ll receive an overview of how our brains function, how anxiety can take control of our lives, and strategies to address it. We’ll explore how our primitive mind often steps in with the intent of protection, the way our survival instincts have adapted to the complexities of modern life.

We’ll also dive into the impact of negative thinking on anxiety, how stress management plays a critical role (or sometimes doesn’t), the importance of quality sleep, and the consequences of not processing daily events through our natural sleep patterns. Additionally, we’ll examine the chemicals our brains trigger and their physiological effects on our bodies.

What’s in store for future sessions?

Consistency is key to Solution Focused work, and all future sessions adhere to a structured pattern. According to the latest insights from neuroscience, repetition is the most effective way to foster new thought patterns.

The first half of each session revolves around traditional talking therapy, allowing you to gauge your progress on your personal success scale.

The trance component of each session spans about 25 to 30 minutes. It’s a secure and relaxed experience, where you’ll hear my guidance while always maintaining control. Most people naturally ease into a state of focused attention, and as each session concludes, they leave with a sense of calm, relaxation, and newfound confidence.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has proven to be effective for a whole host of concerns and challenges including anxiety, low mood, poor self esteem, weight loss, addictions, sports and career performance and is recognised by NICE as a treatment for IBS. It is suitable for children as well as adults, however I prefer not to see anyone under the age of 9.

Always happy to have a free, informal chat if you want to know more. 

Email: Denise@denisefraser.com or call 07952 680598


Transforming Your Life: Hypnotherapy for Overcoming Addictions and Bad Habits

We all have those quirks and habits that make us who we are. Whether it’s leaving the lights on, not closing cupboard doors (my particular pet hate), or singing off key along to the radio (guilty as charged), they’re part of our daily lives. But sometimes, our habits take a darker turn, becoming  addictions that impact our well-being. The good news is, regardless of how deep-seated these habits or addictions may be, hypnotherapy offers a safe and effective path to change.

Breaking free from a bad habit starts with a commitment to change. It also requires patience and self-compassion. Life’s many responsibilities can bring anxiety and overwhelm, leading us to seek comfort in harmful behaviours. Over time, these behaviours become ingrained, forming habits or addictions that are tough to conquer without outside assistance.

Alcohol, sugar, nicotine, gambling and recreational drugs all trigger feelings of pleasure and reward by activating specific neural pathways in the brain. That bar of chocolate offers a momentary high, releasing chemicals that make us feel great. Gradually, our minds create a pattern, and whenever stress or frustration strikes, the mind signals “chocolate.” With repetition, this behaviour turns into a habit, and soon enough, we’re reaching for several bars regardless of our emotional state.

Habits can also manifest as Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours such as nail biting, hair pulling, and jaw grinding. Initially, these behaviours may be attempts to alleviate anxiety, but they morph into irresistible urges, causing humiliation, anxiety, and a blow to self-esteem.

As a certified clinical hypnotherapist, I can help you identify the triggers that fuel your habits and initiate effective changes. Many find success by altering their environment, whether changing where they eat or work. Others might swap smoking for exercise or jaw grinding for a breathing exercise These can be initial steps, especially good, when you’re replacing with something which is much better for your health and well-being.

In our sessions, I employ solution-focused questioning to work with you in creating a plan to conquer your habit. Together, we set small, attainable goals to visualise your success. Through hypnosis, I tap into your subconscious mind, where habits reside. In your deeply relaxed state, you become more receptive to change, allowing us to reprogramme deeply ingrained behaviours. As you regain control over your life, you’ll experience increased calm and happiness. You’ll begin to envision the wonderful things you’ll do that naturally generate the same feelings of reward in your mind, gradually reducing the need for your original habit or addiction. This could be your realistic, and often relatively quick, path to sustainable freedom!