Getting happier with Solution focused hypnotherapy
2nd October, 20160 Comments
Many people come to hypnotherapy wanting to get more out of life. Stress, anxiety and depression, can lead to physical pains, increased fears, addictions, irritable bowel syndrome and much more, all of which affect how we feel about ourselves and our ability to cope with everyday life.
It’s often the case that to add to all this, sleep is a problem too, either not being able to fall asleep, waking up in the night or feeling groggy and exhausted even after deep sleep.
The first thing therefore that a solution focused hypnotherapist will work with you to do is improve the quality of your sleep, giving you a relaxation download/CD to listen to every night. This helps you to enter sleep in a relaxed state and maximise the ability of your dream sleep to help your brain to process its way through the stress and begin to find ways forward.
Once we’re sleeping better, life tends to become more manageable and we start to feel more optimistic and more in control of our decisions and anxieties.
A therapy session comprises of a talking part and the use of hypnosis. The talking part focuses on two key things: 1) what’s going well in life and 2) goal setting.
When we’re unhappy, we tend to focus on our problems and shine a spotlight on everything that’s wrong. This emphasises our difficulties and throws anything that’s positive into the shadows. During therapy we change this focus by looking at what’s good in life...what small successes have occurred since the previous meeting. When we do this, we can see from brain scans that we’re using the part of our brain which helps us to look forward and find ways to solve our problems or, at least, cope better with them. This exercise helps us to generate some of the all-important chemicals we need for our emotional well-being.
When we discuss goals, we break them down into small, manageable steps so we begin to see that there are tiny changes we can make that will make a difference. This gives us a sense of control, hope and belief that our futures can and will be different.
Once we’ve reached the point in the session where you have a more positive vision of the near future and how it can be reached, we use hypnosis, or trance, which helps to consolidate our discussion and the likelihood of positive action.
About the author
Michele Lazarus is a solution focused, clinical hypnotherapist and trained counsellor working in Gloucestershire with practices in Stroud and Cirencester. She also works for The Haven using hypnotherapy and counselling to support people with breast cancer.
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