Why ‘Solution Focused’ Hypnotherapy?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is made up of talking therapy combined with hypnosis. The techniques are based on Solution Focused Brief Therapy which was developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer in Milwaukee, USA.

In Solution Focused (SF) work, the client and therapist work together to bring about change through carefully constructed questioning. The work focuses on addressing what the client wants to achieve by focusing on the present and the future. It is very much a collaborative approach with the client identifying small steps they can make to achieve that preferred future, guided by the careful questioning of the therapist.

There are a number of basic tenets that are followed in Solution Focused work:

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

This means that if the client does not report something as being a problem, then the therapist will not make it a problem. The therapeutic conversation will only focus on what the client says that the problem is, nothing else.

If it works, do more of it !

SF work encourages the client to identify what it is already working in their lives and to do more of it. This helps the client to maintain desired changes.

If it’s not working, do something different.

No matter how good a solution may seem, if it’s not working, then it is not a solution. People tend to try to solve problems by repeating the same behaviour, even if that didn’t work in the past.

Small steps can lead to big changes.

A solution can be constructed of a series of changes, achieved via manageable steps. SF work helps the client to identify achievable change. Once a small change is made, this can lead to a series of further changes – and therefore creating a positive momentum towards the preferred future.

The solution is not necessarily directly related to the problem.

In SF, the client and therapist discuss what will be different when the problem is resolved – not the nature of the problem itself.  The focus is on the present and on the future, not on the problem or on the past. It is theoretically possible for a SF therapist to work with a client content free of the problem. In reality clients will describe their problems, and may want to talk in detail about the problem. The skilled SF therapist will manage to keep the structure of the session constructive.      

No problem happens all the time: there are always exceptions that can be utilised.

There are always exceptions to when the problem is happening. In the SF session, the therapist will help the client to identify these exceptions. This creates an opportunity for the client to think creatively about managing change going forward.

The future is both created and negotiable.

This suggests that people are not locked into a set of behaviours – that the future is a hopeful place where people can take control and decide their own destiny.

Would you like to train as a solution focused hypnotherapist? Contact us today at www.cphtsheffield.co.uk or apply online. We look forward to hearing from you ! 

This blog post was written by Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Sheffield. 


How to choose your Hypnotherapy Training Course

So, you are thinking of re-training to become a hypnotherapist. You are looking for income that would work around the family, or fit around work whilst you train, and you like the idea of helping people and doing something you enjoy. Maybe you went to see a hypnotherapist and you thought you would like to help others in the same way.

Either way, you are now doing your research and trying to find the next step forward.

Here are a few points to look for when choosing your hypnotherapy training provider.

  • Are they research based?

There is little evidence around old fashioned tricks and hypnosis stage tactics, but there is lots of evidence on the more modern psychotherapy techniques based on neuroscience. Find a school that will train you on the most updated, research based methods, that work. You don’t want to be doing stage tricks with your clients, you want to be helping them to feel better, and building your confidence from seeing the results in your clients. At CPHT we use proven psychotherapy tools that work, and we have the ongoing research evidence to prove it.

  • How many of their ex-students went on to go into practice?

Do some research to find out how many hypnotherapists trained with the school, and who are now up and running. LinkedIn is good for this. Try a search for Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training, or CPHT, and see how many across the UK are now busy running their own private practice.

  • How long will it be before you can start to practice with clients as a student?

Do they support you right from day one to get going? We encourage you from day one, so you are building your client base, and building your confidence right from the start. By the time you finish the course after 10 months, you can already have your practice up and running, if you like.

  • Do they provide a list of CPD (continuing professional development) courses for after you qualify?

As a professional therapist, you will never feel that you have learnt enough, you will be naturally interested and enthusiastic to develop your skills and develop yourself even further as you practice and grow. You will have a firm foundation from the course to start your own practice and work successfully with clients. We also run national CPD courses which include further ongoing training on a whole host of topics including pain, NLP advanced, CBT, medical hypnotherapy for use in hospitals, revision days, neuroscience, marketing, working with children, hypnobirthing, OCD … the list goes on !

  • Do they offer supervision whilst you train, to offer you advice on dealing with clients, and do they have a support group that meets after the course ends?

Supervision is included as part of the course to help you with setting up your business, and help you with client issues as you go. We have a supervision group that meets up for support after you qualify.

  • Do the tutors run their own busy clinics? 

You need the tutors to be running their own practice because they are fresh with the up to date knowledge you need. Your tutors will likely be setting your example when you start to practice. Debbie and Jane both run their own busy, successful practices and they love their work because of the job satisfaction this work brings.

We are CPHT Sheffield, we run our quality hypnotherapy classroom training course once a year starting in September. Our courses run one weekend per month, for 10 months. We are so proud of our newly trained solution focused hypnotherapists and we continue to support them throughout their careers.

I’m Debbie Daltrey, I’m on the right in the photo below. If you are interested in a new career and finding an organisation to support you, contact us for a chat or apply online at www.cphtsheffield.co.uk

Debbie and Jane

Senior Lecturers

CPHT Sheffield.