How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

What is hypnotherapy? The hypnotherapist employs hypnosis; a natural state of mind to focus the client’s rational attention on relaxation while suggesting behavioural changes through verbal cues and imagery in accordance with the client’s desired outcome.

Have you ever considered Hypnotherapy to assist with your health? Let’s look at what hypnotherapy and hypnosis are, and how you may benefit from it.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we utilise daily when daydreaming, watching television, driving, washing the dishes, or whenever executing an automated set of programs to which we don’t have to pay conscious attention to. The hypnotherapist supports you through this trance-like state of mind when suggestibility is most effective, to introduce behavioural, emotional, and perceptional changes through the use of verbal cues and mental imagery.

The goal of hypnotherapy is to support an individual in reaching a heightened state of consciousness. The aim is to assist a person in taking back control of their lives and creating room for self-improvement.

The hypnotherapist sets the conscious mind with the task of focusing attention on deep rhythmic breathing and relaxing the physical body. Once the conscious mind gives control over to the trance-like mind state of the subconscious mind, the hypnotherapist may begin their work to support you through the process of healing.

How Hypnotherapy May Be Of Help

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic tool which may assist in relieving several medical conditions, physical and mental. It may aid in overcoming traumatic events and eradicating bad behavioural habits that affect overall health.

Common conditions which may benefit from hypnotherapy treatments include:

  • Clinical pain
  • Migraines
  • Sleep disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Quitting smoking / Addictions
  • Trauma
  • Phobias
  • Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Child birthing
  • Grief and loss
  • Weight loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Past life regression
  • Self-confidence
  • Performance

One fast-growing area of hypnotherapy is hypnobirthing. Through the use of hypnotherapy, mums-to-be are prepared for natural childbirth. Our Gold Coast hypnotherapist offers a 10-week Hypnobirthing Program, which helps mums-to-be relax their body, reduce fear, gain confidence, and empower them to tap into their body’s natural source of anaesthesia to reduce pain.

How Effective Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has been proven effective, but not to everyone. Subjects who can enter a full state of hypnosis are more likely to have positive results than those who are not able to.

A study from 1970 found hypnotherapy for weight loss offered a 93% success rate after six sessions, beating other therapies such as Behaviour Therapy (72% success rate after 22 sessions) and Psychotherapy (38% success rate after 600 sessions).

Moreover, a research paper in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that those who undergo cognitive behaviour therapy combined with hypnosis tend to lose significantly more weight.

Of course, these statistics only refer to weight loss. So, what about everything else? Well, Len Milling, a psychology professor at the University of Hartford (West Hartford, Connecticut, USA) and clinical psychologist, found that

Smoking cessation is another good example. In a randomized trial of 286 smokers, 20% who received hypnosis were able to quit, compared to only 14% of those who received standard behavioural counselling.

There is substantial evidence that hypnotherapy is useful for many conditions, but it is important to understand that not everyone benefits equally from hypnosis.


Hypnotherapy employs hypnosis to chaperone the mind into a trance-like state. While in hypnosis, the hypnotherapist’s suggestions may assist reprogram emotional, mental, behavioural, and perception responses in accordance with the desired outcome coveted by the client.

Hypnotherapy may be used to treat a large range of medical conditions, including pain, trauma, depression, weight loss, and childbirth. Although it has been proven effective in many studies, it may not be effective for all individuals.

If you have been thinking about using Clinical Hypnotherapy to better your health, book your session with Bradley Buchanan today, either online or by calling 07 5571 0001.