Our Resources and Research page will keep you up to date with the latest thinking in the field of Hypnosis and Brief Therapy.

We will also point you to resources - both provided by us and others - to assist you in your personal growth and your development as a Therapist.

Hypnosis in the Treatment of Patients with Anxiety Disorders

Hypnosis plays in important part in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Applying hypnosis allows the patients to reach a lower level of anxiety symptoms. The purpose of the study is to investigate the efficiency of certain therapeutic approaches on the patients who suffer from anxiety disorders. The methods were focused on applying the cognitive-behavioural therapy and applying clinical hypnosis along with the cognitive-behavioural intervention.

Full article available for download here.

Solution-focused practice – A toolkit for working with children and young people

Here is an excellent resource provided by the NSPCC.

This toolkit was first developed by NSPCC practitioners to support themselves and their colleagues in conducting solution-focused work with children and young people aged five to 19.

The NSPCC has been using solution-focused practice with children and young people in our Face to Face service since September 2011. Through this work our practitioners have developed a wealth of knowledge in communicating different aspects of the solution-focused approach to children of varying ages, interests and needs. We have decided to develop and publish this toolkit so that others using solution-focused practice with children can benefit from the collective experience and creativity of our practitioners and the children they have worked with. The toolkit presents ideas for worksheets and activities that NSPCC practitioners have found to be helpful in working with children and young people.

We do not intend this toolkit to be prescriptive or limiting in any way. Each child will have different  needs and interests; therefore, you will want to tailor your practice and any ideas in this toolkit to make them relevant and useful to the individual. Inevitably, the best ideas will come directly from the young person – many of the case examples provided show how young people have brought their own ideas into this work. However, we do hope that the ideas set out in this toolkit will provide inspiration for activities that you may wish to use, adapt or devise for the children and young people that you work with.

Get the whole PDF, for free, here.

Hypnosis and Depression

Depression is a serious and ever increasing psychological problem. It is estimated that approximately 20 million Americans are suffering from depression and this figure is on the increase. Beyond America, the rate of depression is significantly increasing worldwide as well.

A person suffering from depression can impact the lives of many others, by affecting family and friends, demonstrating how, at some point in our lives, we all
will be affected by the disorder either directly or indirectly.

The following article aims to educate the reader on the nature of depression and its treatment, and to review how clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic tool can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression and teach the skills known to reduce and even prevent depression.

Access the PDF, by Michael Yapko, here.

Why people with cancer use hypnotherapy

As with many types of complementary therapy, some people with cancer use hypnotherapy to help them relax and cope with symptoms and treatment.

Hypnotherapy might help some people feel more comfortable and in control of their situation.

People with cancer most often use hypnotherapy for sickness or pain. There is some evidence that hypnotherapy helps with these symptoms. It can also help with depression, anxiety and stress.

Access full article here.

Solution-focused brief therapy in schools

On the question of the effectiveness of solution-focused therapy in schools, there is an interesting review of outcome literature released by the University of York.

The author concludes:

Despite mixed results, solution-focused brief therapy showed promise in working with at-risk students in school settings, specifically for reducing the intensity of students’ negative feelings, managing conduct problems and externalising behavioural problems.

You can read it here.

Effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy

Here is a useful review of studies regarding the effectiveness of solution-focused therapy.

A total of 43 studies were included in the review, of which 26 were randomised. Participants in the studies were counted as individuals or as families, depending on the study. The total participants per study ranged from six children to over 300 adults.

The author’s conclude:

There was strong evidence that solution-focused brief therapy was an effective treatment, for a wide variety of behavioural and psychological outcomes. It seemed to be shorter, making it cheaper than alternative treatments.

However, there is some commentary to suggest that the authors may have been ‘overly generous.’