National Hypnotherapy Society | Types of Therapy

As a client you do not need to understand the different types of hypnotherapy as your therapist will aim to ensure that they use the best methods to suit you as an individual and your particular issues.

As every person is different the best results will be obtained by utilising the methods that each person will respond to.

Your therapist may have studied and/or trained using a specific type of hypnotherapy or they may have studied a number of different models (or modalities). For example:

  • In "Traditional Hypnosis" the therapist gives direct suggestions to the unconscious mind. This type of hypnosis works well with those who accept what they are told.
  • In "Ericksonian Hypnosis," the therapist will use metaphors to give suggestions and ideas to your unconscious mind. This can be very effective because it helps to eliminate the resistance to change that may come from the conscious mind.

When you first meet with your therapist and discuss the issues you want to work on they will work out a plan of treatment with you and explain what will happen next. (If you want to find out more information about the different models of hypnotherapy then do ask your therapist).

Most hypnosis cassettes and DVDs use "Traditional Hypnosis" techniques. This is the reason why this method has only a partial success rate as it is not very effective for people who are critical or analytical in their thinking processes.

How to choose?

It is best to have an initial session and to focus on how comfortable you feel with a potential therapist before making up your mind. There are certain very important guidelines:

  • Ensure that the therapist is on an Accredited Register. This means that their training has met recognized standards and there is a proper complaints procedure available should things go wrong.
  • Ask about the Code of Ethics or ethical framework they have agreed to observe
  • Make sure you understand how many sessions are available, how often and at what times they will be and how it will be decided when it is time to end.
  • Make sure arrangements for payment and cancellations are made clear from the start
  • Bear in mind that your therapist cannot ‘cure’ you and should not claim that they can.

Remember that you do not have to stay with a therapist to whom you cannot relate or feel safe, or whom you cannot trust. If at all possible, though, try to talk to your therapist first about anything you are uncomfortable with. This can often be very helpful.

Last reviewed 06/04/2021

Next review date 06/04/2022