Friday, 29 April 2011

New Hypnotherapy Association Promotes the Benefits of Focusing on Solutions

Association for Solution Focused HypnotherapyA new association aimed at promoting the benefits of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has been set up to make the public aware of this highly effective form of therapy. It launched officially in April of this year and the Association is already attracting many qualified Hypnotherapists who specialise in the Solution Focused approach.

There is no doubt that illnesses caused or made worse by stress are on the increase. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), agoraphobia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and migraines are all ways that excess or sustained stress can affect our well-being.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) tackles these conditions by reducing anxiety and helping clients to regain a sense of perspective; once anxiety is under control many troublesome symptoms are alleviated. The therapy encourages positive thinking by helping clients to focus on solutions to problems, rather than dwelling on the problems themselves. Clients usually find their sleep patterns improve and motivation, confidence and self-esteem are all restored.

The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH) has been established to promote the benefits of the Solution Focused approach to improving mental well-being so the public are more aware of this valuable resource. It will also provide Hypnotherapists who specialise in the Solution Focused psychotherapy model with a forum for maintaining professional standards.

The Association is the brainchild of David Newton, founder and senior lecturer at the nationally recognised Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Centre in Bristol. He explains: “Stress is a part of normal everyday life: dealing with household accounts and paperwork, traffic hold-ups, pressures at work, strains in our close relationships, health worries — if the stress is sustained or excessive it can lead to a vast array of emotional, behavioural or even physical illnesses.

SFH differs from earlier forms of therapy by encouraging clients to formulate a positive image of their problem-free future rather than analysing the cause or symptoms of the problem itself. It is a highly effective and liberating approach. The new Association will provide a valuable resource for both the public and for practising Solution Focused Hypnotherapists.”


As a Clifton Practice graduate I was trained by David Newton, the founder of the AfSFH, and I was amongst the first to join this new association. “I welcome the opportunity to be part of this new association. I have seen the tremendous benefits of focusing on solutions and encouraging positive thinking – clients find the approach amazingly uplifting”.

To find out more about the new association, visit www.afsfh.com.

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