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Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

in Bristol and Bath - UK. 



SFBT is modern. It is forward focused, which means that although it takes into account your past history and deals with any associated traumas, it is primarily focused on creating a positive present and future. We focus on solutions to problems rather than the problems themselves. When we create well-being for ourselves in the present, the past has much less bearing on our present day lives, and we retain much greater control of our lives generally. The emphasis here is that positive thinking and positive perception are of paramount importance in creating well-being. Solution focused therapy provides real and practical tools to truly begin to focus in this way.


Solution based therapy is very empowering because it delivers practical  understanding to you, the client. When the causal link between stress and illness (symptoms) is clearly understood, then it becomes much clearer as to how and why an illness was created and why it is maintained in the present. If the "way in" is understood, then the "way out" is much easier to recognise! 


In today's world it can be difficult to avoid stress, but we can reduce it greatly by understanding the ways in which we actually create and maintain stress and anxiety in our lives. We can also find new ways of seeing and dealing with situations so that they become much less stressful. This is where hypnotherapy excels, since it communicates these new perspectives directly to the subconscious mind which is often where the root of a difficulty can be found. When stress levels return to normal, our subconscious minds will decide that the danger has passed, that it is therefore safe to engage with life again, and we return to good health. 


Alongside traditional hypnosis, we also borrow many techniques from the NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) field of psychology. NLP is principally a set of techniques and observations about how people process information about life and themselves. It is a highly effective model which itself borrows understandings from the best of all fields of psychology (including hypnotherapy which is central to NLP) and blends them into practical exercises and practices which can be used to change the way a persons brain/mind processes information. In other words, as the name suggests, it is used to re-programme the brain/mind, thus ensuring that the "pictures" or "states" that your brain/mind automatically generates when considering a given stimuli become positive as opposed to the negative states which will invariably be creating anxiety and a sense of powerlessness in a persons life. These techniques are modern, quick, un-invasive, and extremely effective when applied within the therapeutic context. We also draw from other modern therapeutic understanding, making good use of the principles underlying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which permeates everything we do in one way or another...namely that we keep it positive!

This therapy is about re-focusing. It's about reducing stress. It's about helping you to re-connect with your own power and resources. It's about clearing the emotional burdens of the past. It's about helping you to be able to say "Yes!" to life, and "No" to negativity. It's about helping you to be able to say "I can...!" in life.  It's about helping you to achieve the things that you want to achieve. When you are doing what you want to do then you feel good about life. 


Treatment using solution focused therapy will usually range from around 3-10 sessions depending on the nature and seriousness of your complaint. It forms the main body of the majority of therapy and is a powerful and effective therapy which offers real relief for depression, anxiety, panic, anger, grief, sexual difficulties, compulsive behaviours, phobias, insomnia, IBS, and many more conditions. Hypnotherapy is extremely flexible and can be tailored to your individual needs. If your condition is not noted, please contact me to see if it is treatable using hypnotherapy.  

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