The key psychological theories which influence my practice are Person Centred (Humanistic) and Integrative which were the cornerstone of my training as a counsellor. However, my undergraduate and post graduate research focused on the Transpersonal Paradigm which still informs and influences my practice today, especially the Jungian concept of the Personal and Collective Unconscious which I see as central to an understanding of hypnotherapy and how the unconscious works.
Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), sometimes referred to as Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was developed by Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007). As the name indicates, the approach focuses on solutions rather than problems, exploring possible futures and goals. Since its inception, SFT has become influential not only in the field of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, but also in business, education and offender rehabilitation programmes. This has been due largely to the emphasis on realistic goal setting, and the belief that all clients have some idea of what their preferred future would look like. The Miracle Question is the primary intervention for exploring these preferred futures.