I moved to Dorset with my wife Bev and our big daft dog Lottie in 2013, with the intention of becoming a full-time therapist.
Call it a mid-life crisis, if you will, but after twenty years, working at all levels in sales, followed by various business ventures (or adventures). I knew it was time to pursue an interest that had fascinated me since childhood. I set about finding a branch of hypnotherapy that was based on modern thinking and was people orientated. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy covered those two requirements and much, much more.
Devised by the respected psychotherapist David Newton (who is the founder of The Clifton Practice in Bristol) and based partly on the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and our modern understanding of the brain, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses the most effective techniques from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and hypnotherapy (trance,) to help people make use of the huge range of resources at their disposal.
This evidence based approach helps clients focus on the positive aspects of their lives and helps them set realistic goals. One of the great things about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that we do not have to spend lots and lots of time going over people’s problems. In fact, we now know that this can actually make matters worse. Instead, we always look to the positive and arrive at answers that are right for the individual.
The form of hypnosis we use is a deeply relaxing trance like state. Trance is actually a naturally occurring state and we slip into trances all of the time, without noticing it! We often slip into trance when we are involved in something or concentrating doing something to the exclusion of everything around us. Most of us will be familiar with the feeling of arriving somewhere after a long drive and not really being aware of the journey or perhaps becoming engrossed in a book or film and totally losing track of time, we can also have a similar experience going for a run or even fishing. It is no surprise that, if we wanted to relax and “switch off” most of us would do one of the things on the above list.
In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we can use the relaxed trance state to harness the power of the subconscious mind and when we do this, we can help our clients focus on their goals. Of course this is also a wonderfully relaxing process, which in itself can afford some therapeutic relief, if nothing else clients benefit from some time to relax completely.
Your choice of therapist is very important and, regardless of who you choose, I would advise you look for the following as a minimum:
CNHC Registration – this denotes that your therapist has undergone adequate training and adheres to their professional code of conduct. Those who are registered with the CNHC are also obliged to continue regular supervision and a minimum level of continued professional development. NHS practitioners are directed to recommend therapists who meet the requirements to join the CNHC
Fully Insured – All practicing therapists should be fully insured
DBS Checked – An up to date DBS check gives you the confidence of knowing that you are dealing with a suitable individual. A reputable therapist should be happy to show you a copy of their most recent DBS certificate if asked.
Happy to meet with a friend or family member- While it may not be possible or advisable to have the friend or family member in the session, it should be possible for them to come with the client to check out the therapy room (and therapist) etc.
Your choice of therapist is a very personal one and whomever you decide to work with, I wish you every success.
The human mind is hugely complex and we know that just by making that phone call or sending an email, the physical act of reaching out for advice or assistance can in itself start the process of change. The human mind will always try to deliver for us what we want or need in life; we just need to make sure it knows what direction we want to move in, so that it can take us there.