What is Solution Focused Therapy?

Solution Focused Therapy is a person-centred approach. This means that your individual hopes, strengths and resources are at the heart of what we do. The role of a solution focused therapist is to ask questions that support you to access those strengths and resources and draw on them to help you overcome the challenges you face. For more information on the solution focused approach, read my blog here.

What is hypnotic trance?

Trance is a completely natural state of selective focus that you experience several times in a day, when you are lost in thought, or experience a feeling of flow when completing a particular activity. Hypnotherapy uses progressive relaxation techniques to help you achieve this state of inner relaxation and focus.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

With very few exceptions, anyone who wants to be hypnotised can be. However, the opposite is also true – if you do not want to be hypnotised you will not be. Hypnosis is a collaborative process that both the therapist and the client need to engage in for a successful outcome.

Will I be unconscious?

At all times during the therapy you will be able to hear and to think. You will be aware of your surroundings, aware of my voice, and aware of some other sounds around you. But because you have chosen to allow yourself to be hypnotised, these sounds will not disturb you and you will remain calm and relaxed and ready to absorb positive suggestions to improve your life.

What do I have to do?

There is only one thing you will be asked to do which is to cooperate and engage in the therapeutic process. You will usually sit on a couch or comfortable chair for the duration of the session. The therapy is solution focused so you won’t be asked to go into lots of detail about the history of any problems. We will be focusing on positive ways of moving forward.

Are there any side-effects?

Yes , but they are all good ones! From the very first time you experience hypnosis you will find you are better able to relax, and will often find that you fall asleep much more easily and that your sleep is better and deeper than before.

What should I wear?

There are no special rules about which clothes are more suitable for a solution focused hypnotherapy session. The keyword is comfort. The more comfortable you are, the easier it will be to relax.

Will I have to relive distressing experiences?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy does not use regression techniques to take you back to a past experience. The focus is on the present and on the future, and the positive changes you wish to make.

Will I need to do anything in between sessions?

I will provide you with a relaxation MP3 to listen to once a day between appointments, which will help you develop relaxation and visualisation techniques to support the work we do in each session.

How do online and telephone sessions work?

Online and telephone consultations take the same form as face-to-face sessions. Many clients prefer online sessions as they find it easier to relax in the comfort of their own home, and don’t need to travel anywhere for an appointment. If you wish to book an online or telephone session please ensure you have a strong internet connection or phone signal, and somewhere you can comfortably relax without being disturbed.

Do I also need to see a GP?

If you are in any way concerned for your health, please book an appointment with your local GP. These sessions serve as an addition to, rather than a replacement for medical help.

Do you work with children?

I have an Enhanced DBS certificate to work with both children and vulnerable adults. I support both children and vulnerable adults in my work across multiple mental health charities in Bristol and across the UK.

If you are considering sessions for a younger family members, please get in touch via email hello@issymartin.co.uk or over the phone 01172 510 178 – I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.