How does Hypnotherapy Work?

As a generic reference term, it isn’t possible to state how hypnotherapy will work for you, because that will have much to do with a practitioner’s particular background and methodology. All that can be stated is that most hypnotherapy providers are likely to include the use of positive suggestion. Actual methods for inducing hypnosis can vary widely. For example, some methods rely on conversational hypnosis, incorporating positive encouragement into counseling, like a life coach. The use of a progressive relaxation process followed by repetitive positive reconditioning statements about your goal is also a popular approach.


There are many diverse techniques for inducing an altered state of increased suggestibility. Which are used depends on an individual provider’s training and background. All of these aim to by-pass a person’s critical conscious judgments in order to redirect habitual thinking and negative pre-conditioned reactions toward a more positive outlook and instill more productive behavior patterns in support of someone’s goals.


Hypnotherapy often includes the use of creative visualization along with affirmative statements related to a given goal. For instance, a student may be led to visualize receiving high marks on a test or report card. An athlete might picture himself or herself receiving a trophy. A sick person may be guided through positive images of a healing process occurring with a result of renewed wellness, etc.


These basic principles generally apply to the use of hypnotherapy, regardless of individual methods:

-          Identifying a specific problem, challenge, issue or goal one desires to improve upon.

-          Establishing receptivity to the belief that the power of the mind can affect outcomes

-          Generating focused attention on the desired outcome through positive suggestion and visualization

-          Leading the individual to a new approach in their attitudes, outlook and behavior that corresponds positively to their desired outcome. Learn More