Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Where it is clinically appropriate, a client may choose to integrate hypnotherapy into their CBT sessions. This is a fairly new development and has been labeled 'Cognitive Hypnotherapy'.

Recent studies have supported the idea that CBT combined with hypnotherapy produces better results than CBT alone (Alladin and Alibhai, 2007; Bryant, Moulds, Guthrie and Nixon, 2005; Kirsch, Montgomery and Sapirstein, 1995).

Cognitive Hypnotherapy can be applied to most issues. The most common disorders that it is used for are; depression, stress, anxiety, phobias and habit control. However, it can also be used for; improving communication skills, overcoming procrastination, developing problem-solving ability and enhancing optimism.

If hypnotherapy becomes a part of the treatment, then for an additional fee clients can receive a CD or an MP3 of their hypnotherapy session which they can listen to long after the sessions have ended in order to maintain their gains from therapy.


Alladin, A. & Alibhai, A. (2007). Cognitive hypnotherapy for depression: an empirical investigation. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 55(2): 147-166.

Bryant, R., Moulds, M., Guthrie, R., & Nixon, R. (2005). The additive benefit of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioural therapy in treating acute stress disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 334-340.

Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., & Sapirstein, G. (1995). Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63, 214-220.

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