How can hypnotherapy help your mental health?

Hypnotherapy has become an increasingly popular form of complementary therapy in recent years. It involves inducing a state of deep relaxation, in which the individual is more open to suggestion and positive change.


Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health issues, including relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. This article will explore how hypnotherapy can help with these mental health issues, how it can be used in person and remotely, and how individuals can practice self-help hypnotherapy at home or in the workplace.

Hypnotherapy for mental health issues

In the UK, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and approximately one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety or depression) in any given week. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be particularly effective in treating anxiety and depression, with a 2016 study finding that hypnotherapy significantly reduced symptoms of both conditions in patients.

Hypnotherapy can also be effective in treating relationship issues. It can help individuals to identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviours that may be contributing to relationship problems. In addition, hypnotherapy can help individuals to improve their self-esteem and confidence, which can improve their ability to communicate effectively and form healthy relationships.

For individuals who have experienced trauma, hypnotherapy can be a useful tool in the recovery process. Hypnotherapy can help individuals to process traumatic memories and emotions, which can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety. In addition, hypnotherapy can help individuals to develop coping strategies and a sense of empowerment, which can be particularly helpful in the aftermath of trauma.

Hypnotherapy in-person and remotely

Hypnotherapy can be delivered in-person or remotely. In-person hypnotherapy involves attending sessions with a qualified hypnotherapist in a therapy room or clinic. During these sessions, the hypnotherapist will induce a state of deep relaxation in the individual and use suggestions and positive affirmations to promote positive change.

Remote hypnotherapy, on the other hand, involves attending sessions with a hypnotherapist via video conference or phone. Remote hypnotherapy can be particularly helpful for individuals who may have mobility issues or who live in remote areas where accessing in-person therapy may be challenging.

Hypnotherapy tips for self-help and mindfulness practice

While hypnotherapy is typically delivered by a qualified therapist, there are several self-help techniques that individuals can practice at home or in the workplace to promote relaxation and mindfulness. These include:

Deep breathing

Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Focus on the sensation of your breath moving in and out of your body.


Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a peaceful and relaxing environment, such as a beach or a forest. Visualise the sights, sounds, and smells of this environment.


Repeat positive affirmations to yourself, such as “I am strong” or “I am capable.” These affirmations can help to boost self-esteem and promote a positive mindset.

Progressive muscle relaxation

Tense and relax each muscle group in your body, starting with your feet and working your way up to your head. This can help to release tension and promote relaxation.

Hypnotherapy for anxiety case study

Sarah, a 32-year-old marketing executive, had been struggling with anxiety for several years. She had tried various forms of therapy, including cognitive-behavioural therapy and medication, but had not found any relief 

After researching different forms of therapy, Sarah decided to try hypnotherapy. She attended sessions with a qualified hypnotherapist, who helped her to identify the root causes of her anxiety and develop strategies for managing her symptoms.

During the hypnotherapy sessions, the therapist induced a state of deep relaxation in Sarah and used positive affirmations and suggestions to promote positive change. Sarah found that she was able to let go of negative thought patterns and develop a more positive mindset.

After several weeks of hypnotherapy, Sarah noticed a significant reduction in her anxiety symptoms. She felt more confident and in control of her emotions, and was able to manage her anxiety more effectively. Sarah continued to practice self-help hypnotherapy techniques at home, which helped to reinforce the positive changes she had made during therapy.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can be used to treat a range of mental health issues, including relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. It can be delivered in person or remotely, making it a flexible and accessible form of therapy.

By practising self-help hypnotherapy techniques at home or in the workplace, individuals can promote relaxation, mindfulness, and positive change. With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem in the UK each year, hypnotherapy can be a valuable addition to the range of mental health support options available.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Ian Stockbridge is the founder and lead counsellor at Hope Therapy and Counselling Services. 

As an experienced Counsellor, Ian recognised a huge societal need for therapeutic services that were often not being met. As such the 'Hope Agency'was born and its counselling team now offers counselling and therapeutic support throughout the UK.

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