What Is Hypnotherapy Used to Treat?

When most people hear “hypnosis,” they often think of a stage performer making people cluck like chickens. However, hypnosis or hypnotherapy can be valuable in treating various physical and mental health issues. We will explore hypnotherapy, how it works, what it can be used to treat, and whether it is dangerous.

Hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool known as hypnotherapy. Its wonders lie in its ability to tap into the subconscious mind and facilitate profound changes in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

At its core, hypnosis is a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. Contrary to popular belief, it is not unconsciousness or sleep but rather a state of deep relaxation where the mind becomes highly receptive to suggestions. During hypnosis, you enter a trance-like state where the conscious mind takes a backseat, allowing the hypnotherapist to communicate directly with the subconscious.

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy helps you make positive changes. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention, where one’s attention is so concentrated that they are more responsive to suggestions. During hypnosis, you are guided into a relaxed state, allowing you to focus on your inner thoughts and feelings. The expert hypnotherapist can suggest changes while you are entirely comfortable, and your subconscious is open and willing to make specific suggestions for change – from behavior, emotions, or physical sensations.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

For example, a hypnotherapist might use hypnosis to help someone stop smoking. The hypnotherapist would guide the person into hypnosis and then suggest that smoking is harmful and that they should stop smoking. The hypnotherapist can help people change their automatic response to smoking and develop healthier habits by accessing the subconscious mind.

What Can Hypnotherapy Be Used to Treat?

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a range of physical and mental health issues. Here are some examples:

1. Anxiety and Stress

What Can Hypnotherapy Be Used to Treat?

As a result of hypnotherapy, anxiety, and stress can be reduced by helping you relax and learn coping strategies. Hypnotherapy can help reduce your anxiety or its symptoms by helping you explore and understand the source of your anxiety and stress. You can become aware of any underlying issues that may be contributing to your anxiety and stress and develop new coping strategies to prevent anxiety and stress from overwhelming them in the future.

2. Phobias and Fears

Hypnotherapy can help you overcome phobias and fears by changing your automatic response to the phobia or fear.

One of the most intriguing aspects of hypnosis is its ability to uncover and address underlying subconscious beliefs, fears, and traumas that may be driving unwanted behaviors or emotional distress. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can delve deep into the root causes of issues, allowing you to gain insight, release negative patterns, and cultivate positive change from within.

3. Smoking Cessation

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Hypnotherapy is one of the leading methods to help you become a non-smoker. Hypnotherapy can help you STOP smoking by changing your inner thought processes and beliefs about smoking. You can quickly and effortlessly break negative habits that no longer serve you.

Through hypnosis, you identify and address the habitual needs and realize you CAN stop smoking no matter how long you’ve been smoking. Additionally, hypnosis can help you build the motivation and confidence needed to successfully remain a non-smoker.

4. Weight Loss

Hypnotherapy can help you lose weight by changing your mindset and relationship with emotional eating, cravings, and exercise. Hypnotherapy can also help you become more aware of your body’s cues and signals, helping you to identify when you are truly hungry or full.

Suppose you are seeking to explore the psychological dimensions of body image, negative self-perceptions, and their impact on emotions. In that case, you can reduce cravings and emotional eating by targeting the underlying causes of overeating. Hypnotherapy can also help increase motivation and self-discipline, assisting you in sticking to your plan. Finally, it can help reduce stress, often leading to increased food cravings.

5. Chronic Pain

Hypnotherapy can help reduce chronic pain by changing your perception of pain and increasing your ability to cope. Relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, can help reduce the stress associated with chronic pain.

Mindfulness-based interventions that focus on acceptance and present-moment awareness can help manage pain and suffering by decreasing the time spent ruminating about the past or worrying about the future.

6. Insomnia

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Hypnotherapy helps you drift into deep sleep by relaxing the body and mind and developing healthier sleep habits. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another therapy that can help with insomnia. We identify and change the negative thinking patterns and behaviors contributing to your sleeplessness.

It can also help you develop healthier sleep habits. Once you learn to reduce stress and manage any underlying issues contributing to your insomnia, you drift into deep sleep!

7. Depression

Hypnotherapy can help with depression by improving your mood, self-esteem, and coping skills. During the state of relaxation, you get to identify and process your emotions and thoughts to alleviate symptoms of depression. The therapist may also suggest positive coping strategies and provide you with tools and techniques to better manage the symptoms.

Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Evidence suggests that hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for many health issues. For example, a meta-analysis of 18 studies found that hypnotherapy effectively reduced anxiety and stress. Another review of 32 studies found that hypnotherapy effectively treated irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

However, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy may depend on your willingness to go into hypnosis and your belief in the therapy. It is essential to note that hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical care. It can be used as a complementary or augmentative therapy alongside other treatments.

Is Hypnotherapy Dangerous?

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Hypnotherapy is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and certified hypnotherapist.

Hypnosis can sometimes uncover repressed memories or emotions that can be difficult to deal with. This can lead to becoming aware of specific experiences you knowingly or unknowingly suppressed. Please note – there is nothing within your mind or body that you did not put or hold on to.

Finally, hypnosis can be dangerous if performed by an untrained or unlicensed practitioner. Sometimes, people have been hypnotized without consent, leading to trauma. Researching and choosing an expert and experienced hypnotherapist is essential if you are considering hypnotherapy.


In conclusion, the wonders of hypnosis extend far beyond mere entertainment, offering profound opportunities for personal growth, healing, and transformation. Whether used for therapeutic purposes or self-improvement, hypnosis continues to captivate and inspire, unlocking the untapped potential of the human mind.

This method works by accessing the subconscious mind and suggesting changes in behavior, emotions, or bodily sensations. Hypnotherapy should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. If you are considering hypnotherapy, choose a certified and experienced hypnotherapist to ensure your safety and well-being.

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Liza is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Her journey in the field of hypnotherapy and alternative healing began when she was overwhelmed and under a lot of pressure and stress.

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