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  • Writer's pictureSarah Coward

Revealing the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy in easing anxiety


People often question whether hypnotherapy truly works for anxiety. With two years of experience in using hypnotherapy to help individuals combat anxiety, I can confidently affirm that it does. Anxiety is pervasive in the UK, affecting 1 in 6 individuals, as reported by Mind.


Indeed, even closer to home, I recently read the North Somerset Council’s latest Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Doc 2024-2029 and discovered that 23% of North Somerset residents (c.40,000 people) have reported symptoms of High Anxiety.

If you find yourself among the many thousands of individuals grappling with anxiety, the good news is that hypnotherapy can offer one valuable avenue or option for relief.


Understanding Hypnotherapy for Anxiety:

Whether you battle social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or negative thinking, hypnotherapy can be a transformative solution. Contrary to perceptions shaped by stage shows or TV, clinical hypnotherapy is a nuanced and effective approach.


Addressing the Subconscious Roots:

Anxiety often originates at a deeper, subconscious level of the mind. Hypnotherapy, by inducing a relaxed state of mind, not only aids in immediate relaxation but also facilitates changes in deeply held beliefs and thought patterns that underpin anxiety.


Can Hypnotherapy Cure Anxiety?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, hypnotherapy works for most individuals and most anxiety issues. It complements other therapeutic approaches like relaxation exercises, or counselling.


What Hypnotherapy Can Achieve:

• Reduce physical symptoms of anxiety

• Diminish negative thinking

• Enhance understanding and management of anxiety

• Foster resilience and resourcefulness

• Teach relaxation techniques and mindfulness

• Address the root causes of anxiety and process old traumas

• Cultivate positive self-perception and love

• Facilitate positive changes in habits and routines


Session Details:

The number of sessions required varies based on anxiety severity and individual response. Most people benefit from 8-10 sessions, with daily listening to hypnotherapy recordings recommended for optimal results.


Immediate Impact or Gradual Progress:

Some experience immediate shifts, while others need several sessions. Consistent listening to hypnotherapy recordings for 2-3 weeks maximizes positive outcomes.


Addressing Anxiety Symptoms:

Hypnotherapy effectively alleviates both mental and physical symptoms, including heart palpitations, body tension, nervousness, shaking, sweating, blushing, headaches, and panic disorder.


Safety and Side Effects:

Hypnotherapy typically yields positive effects, promoting relaxation and control. It is safe for most anxiety disorders but may not be suitable for severe depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.


Duration and Accessibility:

Sessions typically last an hour with initial consultations extending to 1.5 hours. While NHS funding for hypnosis sessions is unlikely, hypnosis downloads, with repeated listening, offer accessible and effective alternatives.


Beyond Anxiety:

Hypnotherapy extends its benefits to various mental health conditions like depression, PTSD, smoking cessation, chronic pain management, confidence-building, and overcoming fears and phobias.


Regaining Control, Not Losing It:

Contrary to common fears, hypnotherapy empowers individuals to regain control of their minds and overcome anxiety. The process is reassuringly relaxing and positive.


One Session or Series:

While some issues may require only one session, anxiety disorders typically necessitate a series for lasting change. Each session targets different aspects, ensuring a holistic and comprehensive approach to healing.



Feel free to reach out and contact me if you have any questions or need further information. I look forward to helping you. Sarah :-)


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