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New! Blog - Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Sport

By Melanie Cook

'In 2010 I trained in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) at the Clifton Practice in Bristol with David Newton. During my initial training, the ex-world middleweight boxing champion, Glen Catley (now practicing in SFH), came to the Clifton Practice to present a workshop on using SFH to improve sports performance. At the presentation he talked about how he had become the world champion boxer with the help of David Newton, my teacher, as his personal hypnotherapist. It was David Newton and Susan Rodrigues at the Clifton Practice who taught me most of what I practice today, which is a combination of SFH and SFBT or maybe now ‘Solution Focused Practice’ with a few NLP and integrative techniques thrown in.'

Read more here


New! Video - Jim Bird-Waddington

With Tara Gretton

Jim talks with Tara Gretton about his role as Chief Executive of Goleudy (formery Caer Las), a housing charity based in South Wales that aims to prevent homelessness, provide housing and create opportunities.

Jim has a Diploma in Solution Focused Practice from BRIEF and is the current chair of UKASFP.

See the interview here

Find out more about Goleudy housing charity here


Blog - My experiences with SF whilst in lockdown

By Will Reed

My name is Will Reed and I am 18 years old. I was due to sit my A levels this year, however obviously the situation has changed since!  Throughout my two years in sixth form, there was a big push on mental health, and I was able to get involved in many things such as talking at assemblies, promoting an open and equal environment for all, and getting involved with setting up a student led mental health team. Once the team had grown and organised further assemblies for the entire school, we were all lucky enough to receive some training in Solution Focussed practice.

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Video - Young people discuss how they are coping with CORVID-19 lockdown

With Tara Gretton

See the video here


 Blog -  Lockdown in New Zealand Part 1

By Emily Pasley

The original Maori name for Waiheke was apparently Te Motu-arai-roa “The long sheltering Island” I think I chose well to swiftly move here upon knowledge of a deadly virus, forcing the world to halt. 

I was fortunate enough to be exploring the beautiful country that is New Zealand when the pandemic hit. I had a flight booked back to the UK in March but decided not take it due the risks. I asked myself in my panicked state, “What is my best hope” in this current global crisis and it was to stay exactly where I was on an Island called Waiheke.

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Blog - Confessions of a Person-Centred Therapist Learning SFBT

By David Blowers

I've recently completed a gruelling eight-year marathon in person-centred psychotherapy training, and shortly after gaining my UKCP registration I was lucky enough to find a counselling job for which I would need to learn SFBT. I was keen to learn a new modality - for years I had been curious about trying a different way. I'm still pretty green, but I attended BRIEF's two-day introduction, read a lot, watched a lot of videos, and practiced SFBT for about 200 hours. I thought I'd share some of my initial thoughts and would welcome dialogue.

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Continuing Conversations - 6th May 2020 online

A virtual conference organised for the UKASFP by Steve Flatt and Paul Z. Jackson, speakers Kidge Burns and Dominic Bray

Kidge Burns, author of ‘Focus on Solutions: a health professional’s guide’, worked in NHS hospitals for 23 years having SF conversations as a Speech and Language Therapist. She believes that the minimalism and flexibility of the approach will be invaluable now as we adapt to a ‘new normal’.

Dominic Bray is a clinical psychologist working mostly in cancer/palliative care services and believes that just as SF conversations help the impossible to be possible with those people, it has a lot to say in these COVID-19 times and in their aftermath.

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Continuing Conversations - a response to COVID-19 - 15th April 2020 online

A virtual conference organised for the UKASFP by Steve Flatt, Paul Z. Jackson and Fredrike Bannink.

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Blog - A reflection on appreciations or compliments, or “because I’m amazing”

By Anne Boulton

A few years ago when I was still fairly new to solution focused therapy and just starting my training it occurred to me that particular year I would add in a couple of personal messages, compliments or appreciations in my daughter’s advent calendar which was a yearly home-made tradition since she was 4 years old.  My thinking at the time was that I would see how “appreciations” would have an impact on her behaviour. I recognise now that in my inexperience and with hindsight I was probably aiming to re enforce “Good” behaviour and therefore had my own agenda and not entirely following the tenants of solution focused practice.

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