The Additive Benefits of Hypnosis In Psychotherapy

Hypnosis, CBT or ???

Here is a direct link to the study that I reference in the video: Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Many more are available if you want to do a search on Google or elsewhere.

In a couple of days, I hope to have a definitive announcement on the upcoming conference on Ericksonian Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression.



I will be traveling for the next two days with only intermittent internet access, so it may take a few hours for your comments to apppear.

The Two Questions Are:

1. Do you use hypnosis or hypnotic strategies to treat depression?
2. What are your top two questions or concerns about using hypnosis
to treat depression?

If you have the time or interest, feel free to answer below.


  1. I find using both ericksonian conversational hypnosis and CBT Psychotherapy work well in treating depression.

    Joseph Psychologist.

    1. Thanks for chiming in Rachel. I think hypnosis combined with some CBT strategies can be a winning combination.

      – Ryan

      1. Nowadays everything come under the heading of psychotherapy and hypnosis.
        I completed a total of 10 years of training to get my professional qualifications.

        I know several therapists who spent £19 for an online Hypnotherapy Diploma Course, £30 for an online Master NLP course and £25 on a Psychotherapy and Counselling Course all through Wowcher. All complete with a Diploma and membership of some accrediting body at the end of each online course.

        We still have no proper regulatory body to ensure proper training for all therapists.

        Joseph Psychologist and Psychotherapist

  2. Hypnosis always works and keeps on working. In a postgrad clinical practices course, Dr Morgan had been emphatic about a few major pillars; one of these had been the need for 100% follow-up after 3-12 months of discharge. After changing clinical practice to mainly hypnosis from CBT, I very belatedly did followup research into most recent clients. Being a part-time clinician whose main job was lecturing, tutoring & research supervision, clinical load was light and 8 past clients were easily telephoned. I noted the results of the calls on a pad and slid them into a desk drawer. Many months later, a peruse of the pad showed simple results: Half (4 of the 8) had retained a happy outlook on life and felt no need for modification or further therapy; the other 50% (4) were depressed once again and had gone to a new practitioner or wanted to try something different. Hypnosis had been the main practice with the happier clients. Additionally these people felt that life had got better and better since our last meeting.
    Very low numbers such as these does not give us great confidence, yet the clear cut 50-50 split has clear power. Both CBT and hypnosis had both been successful in the clinic within months/weeks of intake. Yet on followup of this tiny sample hypnosis had appeared to have had a long-lasting effect whereas CBT had not. I had not used any deep additive approaches with CBT such as deepeners like mindfulness or other meditation, so the results are not too surprising. CBT seems to have had a more surface approach and to last may have needed boosting with deepeners. I now use essentially deep approaches such as Hypnosis, EMDR & Brainspotting from the outset.

    1. I would take your comment that hypnosis always works with a pinch of salt! After using Hypnosis for over 30 years I would disagree.

      I am a clinical psychologist and Hypnotherapist.


    2. Hi Tony,

      Thanks for reporting back. Getting feedback from clients 6 and 12 months out takes courage! But is, I think, a fantastic way to grow and learn as a therapist. Reminds me of some of the work that Scott Miller does with his feedback focused therapy.

      cheers! Ryan

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