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Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is an approach that combines solution-focused brief therapy principles with hypnosis techniques to help individuals overcome various issues, including depression/low mood. It focuses on identifying and working towards solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Below is a general outline of how Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy would be applied to address low mood:

  1. Establishing Goals:

    • Together with the client, the therapist helps establish clear and realistic goals. These goals are focused on positive outcomes, well-being, and changes the client wants to achieve in their life.

  2. Identifying Strengths and Resources:

    • The therapist helps the client recognise their strengths, abilities, and internal resources. Emphasising existing positive aspects can build confidence and motivation.

  3. Solution-Focused Conversations:

    • Sessions involve solution-focused conversations where the therapist guides the client to explore potential solutions and exceptions to the problem. The focus is on what is working and how positive changes can be implemented.

  4. Hypnosis Techniques:

    • Hypnosis is introduced as a tool to help clients access their subconscious mind and enhance their ability to make positive changes. This can involve relaxation exercises, guided imagery, and positive suggestions tailored to the individual's goals.

  5. Positive Visualisation:

    • Visualisation is often used to help clients create a mental image of a positive future where they have overcome their challenges and achieved their goals. This can contribute to building a positive mindset.

  6. Encouraging Self-Help Strategies:

    • Clients are encouraged to practice self-help strategies outside of therapy sessions. This may include activities that promote relaxation, mindfulness, and positive thinking.

  7. Progress Monitoring:

    • Regularly reviewing and acknowledging progress is essential. This helps reinforce positive changes and motivates the client to continue working towards their goals.

  8. Collaborative Approach:

    • The therapy process is collaborative, with the therapist and client working together to find effective solutions. Clients are empowered to take an active role in their own well-being.

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