Is Hypnotherapy Worth It?

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Hypnotherapy is a legitimate and widely recognised form of therapy, and there is evidence to support its effectiveness for a variety of issues. Let’s begin by understanding some of the incredible benefits this therapy can offer.

Hypnotherapy Benefits

Stress and Anxiety Relief

In today’s fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become commonplace. Hypnotherapy can aid in achieving a deep state of relaxation, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety symptoms. Through the power of suggestion, a skilled hypnotherapist can guide individuals towards a calmer state of body and mind and have the ability to better manage stress.

Overcoming Fears and Phobias

Do you have a fear of spiders? Public speaking? Or maybe you dread flying? Hypnotherapy has been proven to help individuals conquer their fears and phobias by delving into the unconscious or subconscious mind. By rewiring negative thought patterns, hypnotherapy empowers individuals to face their fears and overcome them.

Smoking Cessation

Want to quit smoking? Hypnotherapy can be an effective tool in breaking free from this addictive habit. By accessing the unconscious mind, a hypnotherapist can help individuals shift their perspective on smoking, remove or break the addiction and create new, healthier habits.

Weight Management

Losing weight is often a challenging journey, but hypnotherapy can provide a fresh approach. By addressing the underlying emotional reasons for overeating, negative habits / eating patterns that have formed out of habit, or just making unhealthy food choices, hypnotherapy can assist individuals in developing a healthier relationship with food and achieving long-term weight management goals.

Hypnotherapy Myths

Despite the numerous benefits of hypnotherapy, there are several myths that surround this alternative therapy. Let’s debunk some of the most common misconceptions:

Losing Control

One of the prevalent misconceptions about hypnotherapy is the fear of losing control. Many people associate hypnosis with stage performances, where individuals seem to follow commands without question. However, in a therapeutic setting, hypnotherapy is a collaborative process. Individuals are fully aware of their surroundings and always maintain control over their actions. In these stage shows, the people on stage are in fact ok with what they are doing, and are aware that they are being watched by the audience. 

Mind Control

Hypnotherapy is not about mind control. Contrary to what some may believe, a hypnotherapist cannot make individuals do anything against their will or force them to reveal personal information they are not comfortable sharing. Hypnotherapy is a tool for self-exploration and personal growth, and it’s a process between the individual and the therapist.


Lack of Effectiveness

Many sceptics argue that hypnotherapy is nothing more than a placebo effect. However, scientific research has demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in various areas, including pain management, anxiety reduction, and habit change. While results may vary from person to person, thousands of individuals have experienced significant positive changes through hypnotherapy a few sessions in. It may be used in conjunction with other methods or therapies, and often it is a last resort for people, but it is definitely effective for a variety of habits and behaviours.

Hypnosis is Sleep

Hypnosis is often mistaken as a form of sleep. However, during hypnotherapy sessions, individuals remain in a state of focused awareness and are fully conscious. While relaxation is a common characteristic of this state, it is not the same as falling asleep. While someone may drift in and out of different stages of relaxation during a hypnotherapy session, the suggestions that are being made are still having an effect on the unconscious mind and therefore the subconscious thought process and behaviour of the individual.

However, the success of hypnotherapy techniques can vary from person to person and depends on several factors. Here’s what you need to know about the effectiveness of hypnotherapy:

Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy

Individual Variation

The effectiveness of hypnotherapy is highly individual. What hypnotherapy works for one person may not work for another. Success often depends on a person’s openness to the process, their willingness to engage with the therapist, and their specific needs and goals.

Therapist Competence

The qualifications and skills of the hypnotherapist play a crucial role in the success of hypnotherapy treatment. It’s essential to seek an experienced hypnotherapist who specialises in your specific issue, whether it’s anxiety, smoking cessation, weight loss, or another concern.

Goal Alignment

Hypnotherapy is most effective when it is used for appropriate goals. While it can be helpful for a wide range of issues, it is not a magic pill. Hypnotherapy is particularly effective for issues related to behaviour change, stress reduction for deep relaxation, and addressing certain psychological factors.

Research Support

There is evidence to support the use of hypnotherapy for specific purposes. For example, research has shown that it can be effective for smoking cessation, chronic pain and management, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and used to assist with weight loss goals.

Collaborative Approach

Hypnotherapy is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches. For example, someone may be reducing their medication for depression or anxiety while using hypnotherapy at the same time. Weight loss can be used in conjunction with healthy eating plans. The synergy of these approaches can enhance the overall effectiveness as the individual is working on their thought process and mindset at the same time.

Realistic Expectations

It’s important to have realistic expectations about what hypnotherapy can achieve. It may not provide immediate or complete solutions, and it might require multiple sessions for significant changes to occur.

Ethical Considerations

A professional and ethical hypnotherapist will not use hypnosis for unethical purposes or claim to provide magical solutions. 

If you still have questions about the process, please contact me here and we can chat about what in life you want to work on, and if hypnotherapy is the right method for you.

Frequently Asked Questions Hypnotherapy Questions?

What is the success rate of hypnosis?

Research into how well hypnotherapy alone has helped people overcome anxiety is difficult. In a meta analysis of studies on hypnosis shows an extremely high success rate.

Is hypnosis really effective?

Hypnosis is a useful method for coping with depression or stress. It may ease the pain of undergoing surgery like a breast biopsy. Hypnosis has been shown to relieve pain.

What are the downsides of hypnotherapy?

Although rare some people experience side-effects when hypnotising, such as headaches. I feel very sleepy. Dizziness. It was not a pleasant experience. Create false memories.

What is the success rate of hypnosis for anxiety?

The end results show that 17 studies produced mean weighted effect sizes of 0.79. They also indicate that the median patient receiving hypnosis decreased anxiety by almost 75%. The longest-run trial produced the mean weighted effects size 0.99.

About The Author
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Tanya Leyson

Tanya, a Wellness Ambassador, Health Coach, and Hypnotherapist with 15+ years of experience, holds a nutrition degree and coaching certification. She's served private clients, corporate health programs, and collaborated with food companies. Tanya's mission is to foster vibrant health through nutritional advice, stress management, and weight loss strategies. Her "Let’s Get VibrantlyHealthy eCookbook" offers 80+ clean recipes, while "Thriving: Health is Your Greatest Wealth" shares insights from 13 authors. Tanya also provides powerful hypnotherapy tracks for belief reprogramming. As a holistic wellness expert, Tanya is dedicated to helping individuals achieve healthier, more fulfilling lives, offering a wealth of experience and guidance.

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