About Brief Therapy & Hypnotherapy

Research shows that there is more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy… by using hypnosis people can perform prodigious feats of willpower and self healing.

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What is Brief Therapy?

Brief therapy is a relatively modern development in psychotherapy.

In the past, therapy was seen as a very open-ended process, where it was perfectly normal for someone to visit their therapist twice a week for years and years. But in the late 1970s, a group of psychologists in America began to explore how people can make lasting, positive changes in their lives in a much shorter timeframe than this.

One of the insights of brief therapy is that many of our problems are essentially bad habits (either mental or physical habits).

And the key to breaking a bad habit is ultimately to start doing something different – to start thinking in new ways, and to start doing new things.

Brief therapy techniques include goal setting, finding exceptions to the problem, therapeutic tasking, using humour and paradox, viewing the problem from fresh, new perspectives, and much more.

What is Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy?

Solution-focused hypnotherapy naturally dovetails with brief therapy, and it shares very similar historical roots.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is all about evoking your natural strengths and resources as a human being, and then connecting these resources to the times in your life when you need them.

In this way of working, the role of the hypnotherapist is not to tell you how to live your life. A solution-focused hypnotherapist simply helps you to:

  1. Access your innate creativity, confidence and resilience
  2. Connect these positive resources to the situations in your life when you need them most
  3. Deeply integrate new, positive habits so that they feel second nature to you

When used together, brief therapy and solution-focused hypnotherapy offer a powerful, rapid way of making lasting changes in your life.

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Joe Kao DHypPsych(UK)
Cambridge brief therapist and hypnotherapist


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