Hypnotherapy Self Hypnosis Vs Clinical

Hypnotherapy is rapidly becoming a popular tool for individuals who are looking to change their lives in some way. Two main methods of hypnotherapy are available—clinical hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis—and you’ll need to decide which is best for you. The following information may help you make this important decision.

Benefits of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy has many benefits. A trained therapist can create a deeper trance and higher suggestibility, which may produce faster benefits. He’ll also be able to focus more on individual problems and can apply his expertise for better results.

If an individual has emotional or behavioral challenges, clinical hypnotherapy may be the most helpful and effective form of hypnotherapy. Conditions that often require the professional assistance of a clinical hypnotherapist include:

  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Phobias
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress.

Possible Dangers of Clinical Hypnotherapy

If you choose clinical hypnotherapy, you’ll need to consider a few possible dangers. The first is working with a professional who can’t be trusted thoroughly. Although a hypnotherapist can’t make you do something you don’t want to do, you’ll still want to take care in choosing whom to work with. Choose an individual who is a medical doctor, psychologist or psychotherapist to ensure that she can help you even without practicing clinical hypnotherapy.

Clinical hypnotherapy may in some rare instances result in the creation of false memories—even accidental ones. Since hypnosis tends to make you more open to suggestion, something that never happened technically could be “implanted” as a “memory” while you’re in a hypnotic state.

Considering Self-Hypnosis

With self-hypnosis, you can choose the time and place of each session, possibly leading to greater effectiveness if the techniques are well practiced and executed. Another benefit of self-hypnosis is your ability to reinforce suggestions by repeating sessions as often as you’d like. Instead of being limited to an occasional session with a professional, as is the case with clinical hypnotherapy, you can practice self-hypnosis more than once a day if necessary.

Costs of Hypnotherapy

When deciding between clinical hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis, cost is a major consideration. Clinical hypnotherapy can be quite expensive, depending on the hypnotherapist. You can, on the other hand, find many free and low-cost self-hypnosis materials online.

Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy

Although many people benefit from hypnotherapy, the extent of these benefits will vary for each person. These differences may be more apparent between clinical hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis. Why is this? For one, some people can relax more easily than others. Relaxation is the key to hypnotherapy, whether it be clinical or self-hypnosis. If you don’t think you can relax and trust someone else enough to hypnotize you, you may want to try self-hypnosis first.


Cleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Clinical Hypnotherapy. Retrieved August 19, 2010, from http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/clinical_hypnotherapy/hic_clinical_hypnotherapy.aspx

Dombeck, M.