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Benefits of Self-Hypnosis for Emotional Health.

Self-hypnosis may be achieved by creating one’s own hypnotherapy recordings (e.g on CDs or as MP3s)-  which I shall be explaining how to do well in later posts – or by using hypnotherapy CDs and MP3s which have already been developed by experienced, professional hypnotherapists who are expert in creating them.

THE HYPNOTIC STATE – The hypnotic state that the CD or MP3 creates is best understood as a natural, deep state of relaxation in which the individual becomes very mentally receptive to the beneficial, therapeutic suggestions which are also incorporated into the CD or MP3. These suggestions are referred to as post-hypnotic suggestions as the hypnotized individual only hears them once the hypnotic state has been induced – a state in which his/her unconscious mind can fully absorb them so that they have the maximum positive effect possible.

The two main effects of these post-hypnotic suggestions are to :


2) FORM A NEW AND BENEFICIAL BELIEF SYSTEM (in relation to the particular problem or difficulty the individual is undertaking self-hypnosis for). The corollary of this is that harmful and damaging behaviors connected to the particular issue are reduced or else eliminated.


Hypnosis can be effectively applied to any problem area or difficulty in which the brain and central nervous system play a part. This means it can be used to treat an extremely wide range of conditions. Below I give just a few examples :

– problematic habits


– confidence issues

– infertility

– memory enhancement

– pain management

– raising self-esteem

– performance issues

– managing anger

– phobias

– stopping smoking

– losing weight


The great benefit of the hypnotic state is that, in it, the therapeutic post-hypnotic suggestions that are made are able to largely by-pass the conscious mind, and, therefore, be effectively absorbed by the unconscious mind and thus the greatest beneficial effect.

The deep state of relaxation induced by the hypnosis leads to the pulse and the metabolism slowing down and it is this that allows the unconscious mind to come to the forefront whilst the conscious mind, temporarily, takes a back seat, as it were. The hypnotherapy CD or MP3 will have primed the unconscious to deeply absorb the positive, therapeutic post-hypnotic suggestions.

The reason why by-passing, as much as possible, the conscious mind is of such paramount importance is  that it is therefore prevented from throwing up critical, self-sabotaging thoughts (the often over-analytical and over-critical conscious mind loves to throw up problems and create anxieties which often prevents us from dealing with our problems effectively).

By by-passing the conscious mind, and. thus, accessing the unconscious mind, a different way of viewing our problems can be achieved ; one that our conscious mind, hitherto, had prevented us from taking. This enables us to finally take control of our problems, as opposed to allowing them to control and dominate us. In other words, we gain a NEW, EMPOWERING PERSPECTIVE – we are no longer impotent in the face of our problems. Psychologists call this shift of perspective that takes place under hypnosis as REFRAMING, and I will revisit this exciting phenomenon in later posts.




David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).


Combining Hypnosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Hypnosis And CBT :

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is, essentially, a therapy which seeks to alter the way we think and behave in order to improve how we feel. CBT can be COMBINED with hypnotherapy in order to make it more effective. it is thought to make it more effective as it causes the individual being treated to become more receptive to the therapist’s suggestions, and, also, it enhances his/her ability to utilize imagery. Hypnosis can also help the individual being treated become more insightful into the causes of his/her psychological symptoms.

hypnosis and CBT

Above : Combining CBT with hypnosis lets us tap into both conscious and unconscious processing to help us find solutions to our problems.

Below, I provide some examples of areas of CBT in which hypnosis can help it become more effective in treating the patient:

1) THE USE OF POST HYPNOTIC SUGGESTION: For example, the individual being treated may be given the post-hypnotic suggestion (this is a suggestion made by the therapist to the effect that the individual will behave in a particular way once the hypnosis is over. An example of a post-hypnotic suggestion is: ‘whenever you have a negative thought you will challenge it and try to replace it with a more positive one.’

2) REFRAMING : Another area where it can be useful to combine hypnotherapy with CBT is by improving the ability of the individual being treated develop the skill of REFRAMING. Reframing refers to the skill, taught in CBT, of looking at a negative experience or situation and to try, with conscious effort, to interpret it in a more positive way.

3) INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS : Furthermore, it can help the individual under treatment identify INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS and more effectively control their emotional responses to such thoughts.

These are just some of the ways that hypnosis can be combined with CBT to both accelerate and augment its effectiveness. It is thought to do this by helping the individual under treatment FOCUS on the experience of therapy. It may, too, improve the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the individual being treated, because, for example, the hypnotic experience tends to be comforting, and, also,to promote trust between the therapist and patient. Additionally, it can give the individual being treated a greater sense of security which often leads to greater compliance with the therapist’s suggestions.


.David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).