My therapy style
As a therapist, the basis of my training was Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. It is a combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and hypnosis. The idea behind it is that the brain amplifies what is focuses on, therefore this type of therapy spends more time concentrating on the person’s inner strengths, resources and the solutions to the presenting problems, rather than what caused it.
However, it doesn’t mean that I am not interested in understanding your personal history. On the contrary, it is very important to me to hear what you want to say to me about yourself, your life and your issue(s) . What we don’t do in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is to dwell on and analyse the past for hours. Once we’ve got to the core of the issue(s), I will help you focus all your attention, creativity, inner resources to solving and overcoming them now, and in the near future.
I am also greatly inspired by Carl Rogers, who pioneered the approach of giving the client “unconditional positive regard” and Milton Erickson, who turned hypnotherapy into an art form.
In my interventions, I use elements of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and coaching techniques .
NLP is about studying and replicating excellence. You may have already heard about it in your work context. “Reprogramming our nervous system through the use of language” may have even sounded a bit mechanical or gimmicky to you. However, it is essentially an approach to communication, personal development and therapy, based on the idea that language doesn’t merely describe but creates our reality. The way we use the language internally and externally has a great impact on how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. With this awareness, techniques were developed to challenge the way a person talks, thinks and behaves, to adopt a more positive and flexible approach to pursue and achieve excellence.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is also a form of talking therapy based on the theory that our thoughts, emotions, how we behave and how we feel in our body is all connected. Our thoughts are not facts but our mental interpretations of the facts. If these interpretations become inaccurate, inadequate or distorted, our emotions and behaviour will also be negatively influenced.
If we learn to constructively evaluate our negative thoughts (especially what seem to be the automatic ones) and check if they are accurate or biased, we can develop skills to interrupt those thoughts or the emotions that they create and correct the unhelpful behaviour that results.
Research shows that other talk therapies delivered in hypnosis yield more successful and durable results. The British Medical Association endorsed the use of hypnosis as far back as 1955.
Here is what some leading researchers and writers say about the effectiveness of hypnotherapy:
“We consider that there is good evidence that hypnosis is an effective therapeutic medium with adults and children, notably for pain relief, psychosomatic problems, anxiety, insomnia, smoking, weight loss and childbirth. It may enhance the efficacy of broader therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic therapy. “ Hartlands Medical And Dental Hypnosis, Michael Heap, Kottiyatil K. Aravin, 4th Edition (page 485)
“What matters more is the growing body of objective evidence that when hypnosis is part of the treatment process, it generally increases the benefits of treatment. (Kirsh, Montgomery and Sapirstein, 1995, Lynnet al. 2000, Moore & Tasso, 2008, Schoenberger 2000) ……….
……In the most general sense, though, it can be said with confidence that hypnosis helps improve treatment outcomes. That in itself justifies the time and effort it takes to learn clinical hypnosis. Michael Yapko, PhD, Trancework, An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis, 4th Edition (pg.11-12)