Definition of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is much more than just hypnosis. It is a powerful combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) techniques and hypnosis. SFBT is a modern form of psychotherapy that encourages clients to work towards their preferred future, focusing on how they want things to be. Unlike some forms of psychotherapy it does not involve analysing the past or examining problems; instead it helps clients visualise and achieve a more enjoyable and fulfilled future. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern and well researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time. Working with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we look at what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change. The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. The Hypnotherapist asks the client to consider their preferred future, for instance, what would be better if the problem had improved? What would have changed? This enables the client’s possible solutions to become more apparent and worked towards. Hypnosis itself reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through relaxation and visualisation, allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that encourages a shift in perspective.
Matthew Cahill is the author of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. He is the founder of The Observatory Practice which is a full time busy practice. In 2006 he was Awarded “Outstanding Contribution to the Hypnotherapy Profession”. He is also Chair for the United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) which is the government advisory board for hypnotherapy organisations.