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Different types of hypnotherapy

In Clinical Hypnotherapy there are many different types of hypnotherapy available to the therapist:

  • Traditional hypnotherapy (often called suggestion hypnotherapy) uses suggestions to help the client solve a problem while in the state of hypnosis, because the subconscious is more open to suggestion. If the client is needing to lose weight; stop smoking or overcome anxiety. This type of hypnotherapy works for people who accept what they are told.

However, some clients don’t work well with instruction, so Ericksonian hypnotherapy (discovered by Milton H Erickson) uses metaphors rather than suggestions in order to bring the client into hypnosis. A therapist may say something like: “Your eyes will become tired when I read you this story, as they become tired allow them to do so, if your eyes close, you will feel a pleasant sensation as you begin to relax”

  • Ericksonian hypnotherapy can be especially effective as it eliminates resistance from the conscious mind.
  • Hypno-psychotherapy is a set of techniques that combines hypnotherapy with different psychotherapy tools like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to work with deeper seated issues.
  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy incorporates techniques that update the subconscious mind to work with the conscious mind to help with its understanding of reality. Drawing on a range other theories and combining them so they fall in line with the clients values, goals and needs.
  • Hypnoanalysis comes from psycho analysis (also called analytical psychotherapy) and is used to target the root cause or trigger event that leads to the problem the client is facing. By identifying the root cause, the therapist can reduce negative associations and resolve resulting issues.
  • Past Life Regression works on the belief that we have past lives that are accessible via hypnosis. By accessing memories from previous lives the learnings can be used to resolve the issues of the current life. Past Life Regression
  • Solution Focused Hypnotherapy relies on the here and now, looking at the client’s current situation and how they would look like in the future. The sessions are client lead and the client takes the lead. Goal setting is the key and questioning techniques are used to help the client uncover the solution to whatever challenge the client is facing. The core belief is that the client has inner strength and resources to draw upon to help themselves, with the hypnotherapist acting as a facilitator.



RIP Gerald Kein 1939-2017

Gerald Kein was a hypnosis teacher that taught a lot of people hypnosis. He founded the Omni Hypnosis Training Center back in 1979 and created a training program that could teach students from beginners to advanced in one course. Over that time he had trained over 2,000 students face to face. Gerald Kein also created… Continue Reading

RIP James R Ramey, father of UltraDepth

Ralph Allocco, an UltraDepth trainer and friend wrote this on the UltraDepth forum: On June 1, 2016 I lost my best friend, Jim to cancer. Jim was a wonderfully good and kind man with an incredible passion for Ultra Depth Hypnosis. He was an incredible teacher and he challenged, persuaded, and encouraged his students to… Continue Reading

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep

Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrli, a Swedish behavioural psychologist and linguist has written a children’s book for the parent to read to a child. The book is designed to put the child to sleep quickly. When the parent reads the book to their child, even the most troublesome child goes to sleep very quickly. A child that would… Continue Reading

Religion or hypnosis?

A lot of things that happen in religion is actually a form of hypnosis. From the chanting and even the reactions people have to healing is  a form of hypnosis. An article in Times of Swaziland has an interesting article about it. Continue Reading

You’re back in the room

The Mirror (UK newspaper and e-newspaper) reports that ITV will be airing a TV game show called “You’re Back In The Room” with all contestants hypnotised. It sounds a great idea for a show. According to the Daily Mail however, therapists aren’t happy. Except that no other website seems to be knocking this show, so… Continue Reading

Hypnotic Induction Profile – Spiegel Eye Roll

Herbert Spiegel developed the Hypnotic Induction Profile when he was at Columbia University. Due to its low success rate of 75%, the field of psychiatry in reports has found this not high enough for predictive purposes. Spiegel devised a simple 5 stage scale based on getting the person to imagine they have something to look… Continue Reading

Havening techniques

Havening techniques

Havening are not hypnosis techniques, they are techniques that can be used in conjunction with hypnosis. A healing process that helps to remove trauma and other issues through the power of touch and delta sleep state while the body is upright. Hypnotherapy Directory has a couple of articles about Havening: Mary Burgess – Overcoming mental… Continue Reading