With the summer holidays now behind us and the return to work now upon us, it seems quite normal that the autumn blues may start to set in as the days become shorter.

With the seasonal change, some of us may notice our ‘stress bucket’ levels start to increase and perhaps you may find you’re getting to be a little tired or letting worries get you down.

If so, it could be a good time to chat with a qualified and insured Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner.

Duncan Little is based at The Observatory Practice, Plymouth and is happy to offer a free Initial Consultation. He is used to helping people who are feeling overworked and stressed.

“Modern life and the pressures of juggling work, finance, family and relationships can take their toil and may sometimes cause our stress buckets to fill up so affecting our ability to function,” explains Duncan.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works by effectively reducing our ‘stress bucket’ levels through positive thinking – which is encouraged during a number of sessions with skilful questions from the practitioner.

Once the client is focused in a state of positive thinking then the final part of the session uses trance to encourage a process called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) – whereby the brain effectively empties some of its own stress bucket levels.

Over a number of sessions, the client should start to notice their stress levels have dropped and they can start to feel calmer, more positive and relaxed about life and how they react to situations at work and at home.

“It really is a simple, safe and effective way to help someone control and manage their stress levels – especially at this time of the year when the weather and dark nights can still be a factor in people’s moods. Obviously if someone has health concerns then they should visit the GP,” says Duncan.

Duncan was awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma (HPD) in 2014 following extensive training as part of the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training course.

He is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) which ensures its members adhere to a strong ethical code, engage in regular supervision sessions and CPD (Career Professional Development).

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help improve sleep, aid in weight management, reduce phobias and fears and help people to stop smoking.