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College of Hypno-psychotherapists

Hypno-psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses hypnosis.

As the name suggests, hypno-psychotherapists use hypnosis as part of their psychotherapy practice.

Hypno-psychotherapists view the unconscious mind as a resource for wellness and creativity. They use hypnosis to induce a deep state of heightened relaxation and altered awareness in their clients. While a person is in this state, their unconscious mind is highly receptive to new or alternative perspectives and ideas.

The therapist can then use a range of psychological techniques to enable clients to change unhelpful behaviour, attitudes and emotions, and promote personal development. They may also help people manage pain, anxiety and stress-related illnesses.

What happens during a session?

In a typical hypno-psychotherapy session, the therapist induces a hypnotic state, follows the agreed treatment strategy, and then terminates the hypnotic state.

During the induction, the therapist speaks slowly to the client to focus their awareness, and exclude external distractions. They may, for example, ask the client to close their eyes and concentrate upon the progressively relaxing their muscles.

The therapist is then able to draw on a wide range of psychological techniques. They may ask the client to move forward or backward in time, rehearse coping techniques, learn to correct unhelpful thinking and behaviour, and confront, but not exaggerate, issues. The therapist may also help the client to develop the ability to use self-hypnosis to practise tasks between sessions.

The therapist brings the client out of the hypnotic state. During this process they may include cues for subsequent positive thoughts, feelings or behaviour. The therapist and client may then discuss what has taken place to inform and enhance future therapy sessions.

While it may be tempting to think of hypnosis as something that is done to the client, hypno-psychotherapists view the client as the source of expertise and control. The success of the hypnotic state is greatly influenced by the client’s motivation, attitude and willingness to engage in the therapy.

Contact details

College Chair: Pamela Gawler-Wright


Standards of Education and Training

You can read about the standards of education and training for the College of Hypno-psychotherapists on our standards, guidance and policies page.

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