No looking back: Hypnotherapy for today

Life is an intricate journey filled with both triumphs and tribulations. As we traverse the various paths that unfold before us, it's inevitable that we encounter challenges that test our resilience and emotional well-being. While some therapeutic approaches delve into the depths of the past to unravel the intricacies of our struggles, others embrace a forward-thinking philosophy that prioritises the present and future. One such innovative approach gaining traction is solution-focused hypnotherapy (SFH), which empowers individuals to focus on emotional healing without dwelling on the past.


Traditional therapeutic methods often involve revisiting past traumas, seeking to understand how they have shaped our present selves. While this introspective approach can be beneficial for some, it may not resonate with everyone. There is a growing recognition that not all individuals find solace in revisiting painful memories repeatedly. For those seeking a more forward-thinking and solution-oriented therapeutic experience, solution-focused hypnotherapy offers a promising alternative.

Understanding solution-focused hypnotherapy 

Unlike therapies that emphasise delving into the past, solution-focused hypnotherapy encourages clients to shift their focus to the present and future. By employing a combination of hypnosis and solution-focused techniques, this approach aims to identify and amplify clients' strengths, resources, and abilities. The premise is to empower individuals to create positive changes in their lives by encouraging a mindset geared toward solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

One of the distinguishing features of solution-focused hypnotherapy is its ability to provide emotional healing without the emotional exhaustion often associated with traditional therapeutic methods. Clients often report feeling a sense of rejuvenation and empowerment after a session, rather than the fatigue that can accompany revisiting traumatic experiences.

The procedure includes inducing a profound state of relaxation using hypnosis and bringing the conscious and subconscious mind together to become more receptive to positive suggestions and solutions. During this heightened state of awareness, the therapist collaborates with the client to explore their goals, strengths, and potential solutions. This forward-focused dialogue helps clients envision a future free from the constraints of past challenges, fostering a sense of hope and resilience.

The emphasis on solution-focused thinking distinguishes SFH from other therapeutic modalities. Rather than dwelling on problems, clients are encouraged to envision the positive changes they want to make in their lives. This shift in focus can be especially empowering for individuals who prefer a more proactive and goal-oriented approach to therapy.

Clients who have experienced solution-focused hypnotherapy often express a renewed sense of control over their lives. By concentrating on the present and future, they can break free from the chains of the past and actively shape the trajectory of their well-being. The newfound optimism and resilience fostered by this approach can lead to improved emotional well-being and greater overall satisfaction with life.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy (SFH) is a therapeutic approach that combines solution-focused therapy principles with hypnosis methods to assist individuals in overcoming various challenges and improving their well-being. While SFH may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, it has shown effectiveness in addressing a range of problems and issues. Here are some areas where solution-focused hypnotherapy can provide valuable support:

Stress and anxiety

SFH helps individuals relax and manage stress through hypnosis. It encourages a positive mindset by focusing on achievable solutions and coping strategies. Hypnosis can assist in reducing anxiety symptoms and promoting relaxation.

Weight management and eating disorders

SFH addresses the underlying patterns and behaviours associated with overeating or unhealthy eating habits. It helps individuals set goals, develop a positive relationship with food, and establish healthier habits. Hypnosis can reinforce motivation for making sustainable lifestyle changes.

Smoking cessation

SFH targets the subconscious mind to change patterns of behaviour related to smoking.
It helps individuals visualise a smoke-free future and strengthens their resolve to quit.
Hypnosis can reduce cravings and increase the likelihood of successful smoking cessation.

Insomnia and sleep issues

SFH promotes relaxation through hypnosis, aiding individuals in achieving a calm state conducive to better sleep. It addresses underlying factors contributing to insomnia, such as stress or anxiety. Hypnosis can be used to establish positive sleep patterns and improve overall sleep quality.

Confidence and self-esteem 

SFH encourages individuals to focus on their strengths and positive attributes. It helps build confidence by exploring past successes and envisioning a more empowered future.
Hypnosis can be used to reinforce positive affirmations and self-beliefs.

Phobias and fears

SFH assists in desensitising individuals to specific phobias through relaxation techniques in hypnosis. It helps reframe negative associations with feared objects or situations. Hypnosis can support gradual exposure and encourage a more positive response to previously feared stimuli.

Chronic pain management

SFH can contribute to pain management by promoting relaxation and altering perceptions of pain through hypnosis. It addresses the psychological aspects of chronic pain, such as stress and anxiety. Hypnosis can enhance pain tolerance and improve overall well-being.

Motivation and goal achievement

SFH helps individuals clarify and visualise their goals through hypnosis. It fosters a solution-focused mindset, emphasising progress and achievement. Hypnosis can enhance motivation by tapping into the subconscious mind's capacity for positive change.


SFH focuses on identifying and building on positive aspects of a person's life.
It encourages the development of a more positive outlook and achievable goals.
Hypnosis can be used to address negative thought patterns associated with depression.

Performance enhancement (e.g. sports, public speaking)

SFH can boost confidence and focus through hypnotic techniques. It helps individuals overcome performance anxiety and self-doubt. Hypnosis can be tailored to enhance specific skills and improve overall performance.

Navigating life's challenges requires a personalised and adaptive approach to therapy. While traditional methods delve into the intricacies of the past, solution-focused hypnotherapy stands out as a forward-thinking alternative.

By prioritising the present, this innovative approach helps empower individuals to actively participate in the emotional journey of healing. The testimonials of those who have embraced solution-focused hypnotherapy attest to its effectiveness in fostering a positive mindset and rekindling a sense of hope and resilience.

As we continue to explore diverse therapeutic options, it is clear that a forward-thinking approach like SFH has the potential to transform lives and guide individuals toward a brighter and more fulfilling future.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

Share this article with a friend
London E18 & Crawley West Sussex RH10
Written by Marie De Bono, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Practitioner
London E18 & Crawley West Sussex RH10

Marie De Bono NBMP, AfSFH - Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapy Practitioner.

Author of the following:
"Know Thyself Journal; Daily Journal for Women"
"Gratitude Garden Journal; Daily Thankfulness Tracker"
"Vaginismus, Empowering The Painful Vagina; Help For Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder"

Show comments

Find a hypnotherapist dealing with Solution-focused hypnotherapy

All therapists are verified professionals

All therapists are verified professionals