Uses of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy uses Hypnotherapy can be used for a wide variety of conditions. Because it works directly on the brain, it can be used for problems that simple medicines cannot help. In addition to its use to help with problems, it can also be used to make good things even better - and it has been used in this way to motivate groups in industry and to improve the performance of successful athletes. Hypnotherapy has a successful record in treating people with phobias; people who need to work on their confidence, self esteem, and assertiveness; people with performance anxiety; people lacking motivation; people trying to control their weight; people trying to stop smoking; people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or migraines, and people who are anxious.

It can be used for people trying to overcome addictions such as gambling. It can help to alleviate lack of sleep and stress. It can be used to help people who experience panic attacks. And it can definitely be used by people who simply need to relax more.

Please note that some of these require permission from the client's doctor before hypnotherapy can start.

hypnotherapy uses


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Depression symptoms generally include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
  • Disturbance of appetite
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Loss of energy
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Difficulties in concentrating
  • Thoughts of death.

Many people with depression have said that hypnotherapy has helped them.


High anxiety levels or stress can result in panic attacks. Panic attacks are frightening events with our "flight" mechanism being activated with the accompanying fast heartbeat, hot or cold flushes, fast breathing, wanting to run away, or being rooted to the spot. In fact, the fear of panic attacks can becomes the major issue. Heightened anxiety can also result in symptom such as IBS, eczema, and psoriasis. Hypnotherapy has great success in helping with this and with people experiencing OCD.


While a moderate amount of stress (eustress) is probably healthy, too much can be bad, and doctors link stress with a number of diseases. Understanding how stress can occur and learning techniques to relax, can help any individual deal with the stress in their life.


If you've suffered from fear of something which leads to avoidance of it then you could benefit from a phobia treatment. The treatment is gentle and does not force you to face your fear until you are ready and we aim only for the goals you set. The average treatment takes between two and four sessions, although it can take longer, and has been known to work in a single session.

Click here for a list of phobias.

Confidence, self esteem, and assertiveness

There are many ways that hypnosis can help an individual to become more confident, assertive, and gain a greater self-esteem. Through mental rehearsal of 'difficult' situations, ego boosting techniques, and other methods, it is possible to change old behaviours and thought patterns to more positive one. Assertiveness is the art of getting what you want without causing offence or harm to others; it is the balance between passivity and aggression.

Performance anxiety

Performance anxiety is a catch-all title for things like exam stress, public speaking, driving test nerves, etc. The stress we feel these situations is perfectly normal. Our body is preparing us - usually with the release of adrenaline (the fight and flight hormone), which allows the body and brain to work more effectively. However, there are occasions when this response is inappropriate to the situation or too strong. This is where hypnosis can help. Use of visualizations, suggestions, and a person's own undiscovered inner resources, hypnotherapy can help an individual to use the stress energy to enhance their performance without it becoming a problem.

Weight control

On-going therapy plus support can help individuals learn the skills they need to help them control their eating, to enjoy healthier foods, and help them find the time and motivation to exercise. Hypnotherapy can not only provide individuals with the ability to attain their target weight, it can also ensure they have the skills to maintain that weight.

A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1986 showed that women using hypnosis lost an average of 1st 3lb, whereas a group not using hypnosis lost on average half a pound! And the benefits of hypnosis last. A second study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that adding hypnosis to a weight-loss (we'd call it a weight control) treatment increased weight loss by 97 percent during treatment and by 146 percent after the treatment. Find out more here.

Stop smoking

In a single two-hour session, individuals will be provided with the information and the motivation to stop smoking completely. A mixture of techniques can be used to suit the client. Find out more here.

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

The symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) include stomach pains, irregular bowel discharge, and can be very embarrassing for sufferers. IBS may be caused by psychological reasons or may be exacerbated by them, and has been shown to respond well to hypnosis.


Many migraine and tension headaches are caused by stress triggers or high levels of anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help individuals to avoid those triggers or modifying their response to them.

Treatments available

Click here for a list conditions that hypnotherapy can be useful in treating.


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