Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & Complementary Therapies

in Shaftesbury

Conditions worked with
Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety can be debilitating and effect how we feel about ourselves, our relationships, our work and our social life.

Some stress is necessary and fundamental to our survival and in reasonable levels can improve our performance, increase our energy levels and help us to achieve what we want achieve. However, as stress levels rise to an unreasonable level, we lose intellectual control and begin to suffer from anxiety.

Hypnotherapy can be very effective in dealing with anxiety. Hypnotherapy helps to reduce levels of stress and more importantly teaches you skills and tools to lower stress in your life. Through hypnotherapy you can learn to change your reactions to situations that cause you to feel anxious and to deal with situations differently. This allows you more control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, enabling you to feel more relaxed and confident in all situations, giving you clarity of mind, which leaves you free to focus on the positive aspects of your life.

Performance Anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety when you have to speak in a group, or give a presentation or speech?

Relaxation and reframing techniques, together with visual and mental rehearsal can be very effective in lowering anxiety and raising confidence. Combining these techniques, together with the encouragement and support of the therapist, can be very empowering, allowing you to feel confident and in control.


There are numerous phobias that we can suffer from, the most common being fear of public spaces and flying. The intense fear we feel means we spend a lot of time avoiding certain things or situations, and our world becomes smaller and smaller as we stop enjoying some of the things we used to.

Phobias usually develop as a result of a distressing or traumatic event, often in our childhood. Hypnotherapy can be extremely effective in helping people to overcome phobias through the use of relaxation to help lower levels of anxiety (If levels of general anxiety are high, this will need to be addressed first). The Rewind Technique, or Fast Phobia Technique, and a Reframe or visualisation of how you would like to experience the situation is also used to regain control once again.

Low Mood

Solution focused Hypnotherapy can help to lift your mood, improve your sleep and gain a more positive perspective on life. Helping to change old patterns of behaviour to new more positive ones helps you to cope so much better with life's challenges. This therapy focuses on your strengths and resources enabling you to look forward to a more motivated, positive future where you are more in control of your thoughts, feelings and actions, giving you the ability to engage fully in life again.

Confidence and Self-esteem

Life’s difficulties and experiences can affect how we feel about ourselves and result in low confidence and self-esteem, which can have a massive impact on all areas of life.

Hypnotherapy can help to lower your stress levels allowing you to be really aware of your inner strengths, resources and abilities. Solution-focused techniques focus you on what you want to achieve and how you would like your life to be, empowering you to change the way you think about yourself and your capabilities. This helps to build your confidence and strengthen your self-belief, which ultimately can improve the whole quality your of life!


When we are stressed or anxious we may have problems getting to sleep, our brains being “too busy” to relax or it may be that we wake during the night feeling uptight and then cannot easily get back to sleep. Often a vicious circle develops, fuelled by a new worry…..worry about not getting to sleep.

Hypnosis is often an effective treatment for those suffering from insomnia. Hypnotherapy can help an individual to relax, both mentally and physically, using varying relaxation techniques; this can help to break this cycle, encouraging a more effective sleep pattern to be restored. Hypnotherapy can also help to understand some of the causes of insomnia and solution focused techniques can be very effective in helping you make any changes that you wish to make.


Our lives can be so busy at times that we just keep going to the detriment of our body and mind as we put our well-being at the bottom of our list of things to do! These sessions allow you the space just for you and uses hypnosis which gently guides you into a deeply relaxed state.

Stress can be lowered and a sense of calm and control is restored to our lives with a feeling of being refreshed and revitalised. Relaxation is an essential part of survival and good health and with regular practice we can feel the benefits long after our relaxation sessions have finished.

The sessions can also provide, information on simple relaxation, mindfulness, meditation and self-hypnosis techniques, together with a relaxation CD, to use at home.

These strategies can be effective in lowering stress, raising mood and improving sleep.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic condition which affects the digestive system; symptoms can include constipation, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Stress and anxiety, can trigger chemical changes (controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain) that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system.
Therefore, our state of mind can have a huge impact on our physical well-being. Hypnotherapy can help an individual to learn relaxation techniques and new ways to manage and lower stress, which can help to stop triggering the symptoms of IBS. Hypnotherapy can also help to manage pain, promote positive thinking and coping strategies, all of which can help you to be back in control of your life again.

Listed as a recommended treatment by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), hypnotherapy has been shown to have a 75 to 90% long term success rate.

Hypnosis for Childbirth

Hypnosis can be very effective in helping you to feel more relaxed, empowered and more in control at this very special time.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for childbirth uses a combination of hypnosis and positive visualisation, together with relaxation techniques and the use of special relaxation CD’s to use in-between sessions. This combination can help to:-                                                                                            

  • Encourage deep relaxation
  • Lower anxiety and worry about the birth of your child
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Balance emotions and raise mood
  • Aid deeper and more restful sleep
  • Raise energy level

These sessions allow you the time to discuss how you want the birth of your baby to be and provide you with valuable support and encouragement at this important time. 

Hypnosis, with the use of relaxation techniques and visual imagery can be extremely effective in lowering anxiety and these techniques can also be very effective when used during labour. When a mother is relaxed and calm, the need for medication can often be less, which can reduce the risk of side effects for both mother and baby. Relaxation also encourages the production of the hormone oxytocin, which promotes strong and effective contractions, which can effectively shorten labour and lessen pain, enabling you to be more in control and ready to enjoy the birth of your baby.

Hypnotherapy for Fertility

Fertility is something that is frequently taken for granted by those who don’t experience any difficulties. Sadly that’s not the case for many. It’s estimated as many as one in three couples experience problems with infertility at some stage in their lives.

  • Are you struggling with infertility in some way?
  • Do you need to increase your chances of conceiving naturally?
  • Do you need help whilst going through infertility treatment?
  • Do you need to make any lifestyle changes with could be affecting your fertility?
  • Do you need to reduce your stress and anxiety about your infertility?

Anxiety and stress over not becoming pregnant can become all-encompassing and can affect hormonal balance and ovulation, which can interfere with conception. Often you can feel isolated and unable to talk your worries, especially if other close family members and friends are pregnant. Infertility isn’t just a physiological issue; the mind and body are very much connected.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help:-

  • Give you space to discuss your concerns and gain valuable support at this time.
  • Lower stress levels through deep relaxation, with the help of guided visualisations, varying relaxation techniques and a relaxation CD to use at home.
  • Restore physical, emotional and mental balance and well-being.
  • Increase feelings of calm and raise mood.
  • Make any life-style changes to help improve your fertility.

Solution focused hypnotherapy can reduce stress, tension and anxiety, which can be very effective in improving your fertility and chances of conceiving. Moreover, these sessions give you the space and support to feel nurtured, balanced and more in control of you and your life again.


Nikki Hutchinson


“I have suffered anxiety for many years and with an increasingly more stressful work life it began to become something I could no longer manage on my own. 
The Hypnotherapy sessions first taught me how to relax, which had a hugely positive impact on my stress levels. After a few months we had addressed my stress and anxiety and put into place achievable strategies to overcome this debilitating affliction.
I use these strategies daily and I am so grateful to Nikki for the Hypnotherapy work we did together. Nikki is experienced, knowledgeable and fantastic at what she does.” Karen, Bristol.

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