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 Making hypno sense - hypnotherapy

Essential help in Troubled Times  
Stephan Toqué, London  

What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

Our conscious and subconscious minds usually make contact during a phase of sleep called R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a very effective way of "bridging" our conscious and subconscious minds, encouraging them to "talk" to each other and establishing a dialogue. The altered state of consciousness we reach during S.F.H. mimics R.E.M. and induces a deep and very pleasant state of mind during which our subconscious is highly receptive. Positive hypnotic suggestions in line with the client's own personal goals are then used to foster new perspectives and ideas.

Unlike many other therapies, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy enables us to move away from problem mind-set approaches so as to shift our attention towards solution-driven strategies anchored in the present. This approach enables the client to envision what a problem-free future looks like and what steps can be taken to make it a reality.

The altered state of consciousness reached during Hypnotherapy - also called trance - is a very natural state of mind we go in and out of every day whether reading, watching a movie or even driving our car. It can be compared to daydreaming (that point when you just drift off whilst maintaining a heightened sense of awareness). We use this deep state of relaxation for pre-selected goals (discussed with the client). Artists and athletes refer to it as "being in the zone".

Deconstructing misconceptions

See my article on Demystifying hypnotherapy