Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Plymouth, Devon

Welcome to Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Plymouth with Carolyn Gillan, a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and counsellor. 

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern approach that combines the latest thinking in neuroscience and psychotherapy (also known as talking therapy) with the power of hypnosis.  When your subconscious mind is on board, it’s amazing what can be achieved!

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend hypnotherapy sessions with Carolyn to anyone wanting to alter lifestyle, reduce stress or change habits.” ~ Sarah B, Plymouth

What can hypnotherapy help with?


Chronic Pain

Confidence & low self esteem



Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Panic attacks

Phobias and fears

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Public speaking


Sleep problems

Stopping smoking

Sports performance

Stress management


Weight management

Additionally, hypnotherapy can be helpful for relieving the symptoms of any conditions that are made worse by stress.

“I would highly recommend this process [hypnotherapy] to anyone. I never thought that this would not only enable me to be myself again on an emotional level but it also gave me my physical energy back too. All I can say is it’s simply amazing and what could you possibly have to lose by putting your needs first. I very highly recommend this process of healing.” ~ E Barlow, Plymouth

“Hypnotherapy with Carolyn has been such a positive and helpful experience.” ~ S Holman, Plymouth

Focusing on the positives

One of the great things about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that you don’t need to talk about painful memories or problems. Instead, we’ll focus on how you can move forward by:

acknowledging where you are currently

identifying where you want to be

helping you to make the necessary changes.

Visit the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to learn more.

What to expect from your sessions

People sometimes believe that their problem can simply be hypnotised away but this is a misperception. Hypnosis can be very powerful but it can’t work magic!

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process. Change happens with commitment and effort from both parties. I can’t guarantee that you’ll achieve your goals (because no one can do that) but I can guarantee that I’ll do my very best to help you get there.

How many sessions will you need?

Most people need around 10 – 15 sessions. However, it’s difficult to say exactly how many you’ll need as each person is different. Consequently, you may need less or more. We can talk about this at your initial consultation.

If you’re looking to overcome a phobia, such as fear of flying, it’s likely that you’ll need only four sessions.

Quitting smoking takes just one session.

Does hypnotherapy really work?

Hypnotherapy is becoming increasingly recognised as a helpful treatment. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) now recommends that the NHS refers patients for hypnotherapy as a treatment for certain conditions that don’t respond to prescribed medications, e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, these suggestions are designed to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.

What is hypnosis like?

Clients often say how “ordinary” hypnosis or trance feels. It’s very similar to daydreaming. You could even think of it as guided daydreaming. It’s a deeply relaxing state where you generally hear everything that’s being said.

The hypnotic state is an ordinary, everyday occurrence for all of us. There’s nothing ‘magical’ about it. Have you ever travelled home and not remembered much about the journey? Or sat at the computer for five minutes and an hour has passed by? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention not dissimilar to the feeling of being hypnotised.

Busting the myths about hypnosis

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis doesn’t involve mind control – no one can hypnotise you against your will or make you do anything that you don’t want to do. Therefore, your subconscious mind will reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you. So you can relax and enjoy the process.

When shouldn’t you use hypnotherapy?

Always check with your doctor first if you’ve been diagnosed with any of the following:

psychotic episodes


bipolar disorder

certain types of personality disorders


breathing problems.

Your doctor will be able to advise you whether hypnotherapy is appropriate for you.