|What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy? “There are more possible ways to connect the brain’s neurons than there are atoms in the universe” – Prof. John Ratey – Users Guide to the Brain 2013 – now that’s a real Google , and all that is needed is to re-route a few thousand neurons:
Addictions and dependencies are behaviour patterns stored in the hippocampus area of the brain. The hippocampus is part of our original primitive brain which, in early times, was responsible for our survival. Our survival needs are mostly satisfied in modern life, but the hippocampus still behaves to enforce behaviors which it believes will protect us, and so we find ourselves repeating these behaviors over and over again. It doesn’t have to make any logical sense to the hippocampus, as far as it is concerned. If you survived the day yesterday, then it must be an excellent strategy to survive the next day! With solution focused techniques your thinking brain ( the sensory or left frontal cortex ) learns how to ‘switch off’ these behaviour templates stored in your hippocampus and regain control of your life. That’s all there is to it.
The Process - in therapist Rick's own words - "At the initial meeting you will describe the problem ( and/or proposition ) as you see it - you may after all want to improve your golf swing or piano technique. I will explain how the brain works and how this therapy ( SFH or more correctly Solution Focused Brief Therapy as enhanced by Clinical Hypnotherapy ) works in conjunction and synchronicity with it. Any questions will be answered and reservations or misgivings addressed and the scene hopefully set to arrange an effective first session. During the first session, hypnotherapy will follow further discussion and agreement as to goals and ambitions for this treatment. A relaxation cd will be supplied at the first meeting so that you can grow accustomed to the sound and rhythm of my voice and as an aid to rejuvenating and productive sleep.The costing, frequency and spacing of sessions will be agreed between us and then as we progress. For example: a simple habit/addiction like smoking can be dealt with in one session of approx 1.5 hrs ( currently at a reduced total cost of £50:00 GBP ) whereas depressive personality traits and obsessive behaviour may take half a dozen sessions to start to notice substantial change. Whatever else happens, you should feel relaxed, refreshed and empowered after each session. I was fascinated by hypnotherapy as a mature graduate psychology student who needed desperately to quit a 60+ per day smoking habit which was only getting worse as end of term exams approached. I took the plunge and attended the Clifton Practice - Bristol - ( which is where I later trained ).The practitioner I saw gave me the power to kick the habit. The great news is that this technique can be applied to all other areas of your life - hence I am now in a position to encourage its discovery and use in others." Rick Bush Solution Focused Hypnotherapy combines the latest methods of Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Clinical Hypnotherapy to create a powerful modern technique that enables positive change quickly and effectively.
Through focus based therapy, we can be guided to a profound realisation of how our own thoughts and feelings are creating our unwanted and troublesome behavior. Hypnosis is a powerful technique for effecting change.
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