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how does hypnotherapy compare against other treatments

Comparing Hypnotherapy with Other Therapies - The Road Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy vs behavioural therapy vs psychoanalysis

Hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic state to help individuals make positive changes in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. While it can be effective for many people, it’s important to note that the effectiveness of any therapy depends on various factors, including the individual’s specific needs and preferences.

When comparing hypnotherapy to other therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis, or mindfulness-based approaches, there are a few key considerations:

  1. Focus: Hypnotherapy often focuses on accessing and influencing the subconscious mind through relaxation and suggestion techniques. In contrast, CBT emphasises identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviours. Psychoanalysis tends to explore unconscious conflicts and motivations. Mindfulness-based therapies aim to increase awareness and acceptance of the present moment.

  2. Approach: Each therapy has its own unique approach. Hypnotherapy relies on inducing a trance-like state where suggestions can be made to help individuals change their behaviour or beliefs. CBT involves structured sessions that teach practical skills to challenge negative thinking patterns. Psychoanalysis typically involves exploring childhood experiences and unconscious processes. Mindfulness practices emphasize non-judgmental awareness of one’s thoughts and sensations.

  3. Evidence base: CBT has extensive research supporting its effectiveness for various mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders. Hypnotherapy also shows to assist in improving concerns like smoking cessation, pain management IBS, phobias and anxiety,. Psychoanalysis has a historical basis but less empirical evidence compared to CBT or hypnotherapy.

  4. Suitability: The best therapy will depend on individual needs and preferences. Some people may find hypnotherapy particularly beneficial if they respond well to suggestion-based approaches or have difficulty accessing certain emotions consciously. Others may prefer more structured interventions like CBT or mindfulness practices.

It's important to remember that what works for you might not work for others and vice versa. It's all about finding the right fit for you. You can always book a free consultation to find out more about my approach before making any decisions.

why hypnotherapy gets results faster

Hypnotherapy Compared to Other Therapies - The Road Hypnotherapy

If you're looking at the image above and thinking "This is too good to be true", it's ok. I'd be sceptical too. After all, just like getting fit or losing weight, can you trust what looks like a quick fix when it comes to your mental health? Think about it this way. Hypnotherapy - and more specifically, Strategic Psychotherapy - is about empowering you. So it makes sense that it can be more effective in a shorter timeframe. Here are some other ways hypnotherapy is more effective in fewer sessions:

  1. Focused state of mind: During hypnotherapy, you are in a relaxed and focused state of mind - or hypnotic trance. This state allows for your subconscious mind, where deep-seated thoughts, beliefs, and emotions reside. By bypassing conscious defences, hypnotherapy can address issues at their core more rapidly.

  2. Rapid identification of root causes: Hypnotherapists don't diagnose - or focus on the past as much as other approaches. So, if you've had relationship issues in the past for example, I don't ask you to delve into the nitty gritty or break it down ad-nauseam. What we focus on is the pattern - and creating new, more effective patterns. 

  3. Enhanced suggestibility: In hypnosis, individuals become more open to positive suggestions and are more receptive to change. The heightened state of suggestibility allows therapists to introduce new perspectives and beliefs directly into the subconscious, resulting in faster cognitive restructuring.

  4. Greater engagement with emotions: Hypnotherapy can facilitate a deep exploration of emotions that may not be easily accessible during other forms of therapy. By accessing the subconscious mind, unresolved emotional issues can be addressed more rapidly, leading to faster resolution and healing.


While hypnotherapy can be appealing given its faster recovery time, it's always important to consider what's the best fit for you. 

Source: Barrios, A. A. (1970). Hypnotherapy: A reappraisal. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 7(1), 2–7.

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