Instead of working to just one skill, different techniques are employed in a solution focused framework. They are the following:
Hypnosis is a normal and natural method of altering someone's state of consciousness. It is very pleasant and relaxing but at one with deep concentration. If you've ever driven down a motorway and suddenly realised you're much further on in the journey and don't remember the last 20 miles, then you have been in a trance state. Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnotic techniques in such a way as to bring about therapeutic change.
Solutions Focused Brief Therapy
SFBT developed out of the Brief Therapy Centre in the US in the 1970's. It's evolution starts with the work of Milton Erickson and the mental research institute. Essentially therapists started to look at analytical practices back in the 60's and realise that it had limitations, and Erickson's approach that you had to tailor the therapy around the individual and not fit them into an existing model meant that therapy moved more towards the clients resources being utilized more.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy is currently the therapy of choice for the NHS. In it's context working alongside hypnosis, it works extremely well for depressive disorders and low self-esteem. Using various questioning techniques, we can search for patterns of unhelpful thinking, and start to look for alternatives. It involves a good deal of self- monitoring.
Originally a meditation practice of Buddhist monks, mental health practitioners have found mindfulness techniques an excellent way to lower anxiety, to become more aware of our automatic thoughts and habits. I teach my clients how to meditate, use mindful meditations, bring our awareness to the hear and now and slow down our reaction times, so we can enjoy the moment instead of being caught up in a whirlwind of activity.
NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming can help alongside hypnotherapy with phobias and self-esteem problems. It's about learning to move quickly beyond limitations and making your mind up, rather than your mind making up you.
Coaching is about setting goals and finding ways of achieving them, whether it's to write a book, paint a portrait, start a new company, find a new job. Coaching can help challenge self limiting beliefs and put you on a new path to a better life.
Brain Based Therapy
Brain based therapy is only a recent development, based on the work done in neuroscience and understanding principles such as Neuroplasticity, the therapy has been developed to help mold, shape and enhance our brains into making the connections better and faster. By using visualisation and understanding the principles of emotional intelligence we can improve our brain's performance particularly in areas of sport and business performance.