As we head towards summer so our stress loads can increase as we try to meet deadlines before heading off for a well earnt break!

So, if you find yourself working long hours or feel you are on an endless treadmill then perhaps you could look to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which help you feel calmer, brighter and happier about life.

Duncan Little, a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) practitioner based at the prestigious Observatory Practice, in Plymouth, says, “One of the most common areas that people come to see me about is areas of life connected to stress and, in particular, stress at work.”

Workplace stress can manifest itself in a variety of different ways – not just in the office but also at home and socially.

Duncan provides a free initial consultation for potential clients to explain why we sometimes respond negatively to stress and how SFH can help.

“There are parts of our brains that are very adept at dealing with the perception of threats and our negative reactions to stress are an evolutionary coping mechanism which might not be helpful in our day to day lives”.

“People who struggle with stress in the office may find they have anger issues or that they struggle with sleep patterns – perhaps becoming insular in their thinking”.

With every negative thought a person experiences, it goes into what Duncan terms as being their “stress bucket.” As the levels increase so the person struggles to cope.

Duncan says Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps empty the stress bucket by encouraging the client to be able to look towards positive solutions which can help to propel them towards a brighter future.

“A key part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the safe use of a trance state which is a natural way to aid in the reduction of stress so that, after a number of sessions, the client can start to feel better placed to cope with life”.

Some clients have also found that it helps to improve their thinking ability, productivity and confidence – both in and out of the workplace.

“By emptying the stress bucket, we allow the brain a greater degree for flexibility in being able to think positively, act positively and interact in a productive fashion”.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help to take control over other aspects of our lives, ranging from stopping smoking through to reducing phobias and weight management.

Duncan is a fully qualified, and insured, hypnotherapy practitioner who is also a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH).

The AfSFH ensures its members adhere to high ethical standards including on-going professional development to keep them up to speed on all the latest research and techniques being used in both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.