The Different Types Of Hypnotherapy

If you are considering hypnotherapy, it’s important to make sure that you choose the right type of hypnotherapy for you. Certain techniques will be better suited to certain situations and circumstances.

Solution focused hypnotherapy

Solution focused hypnotherapy is a modern, scientific approach to therapy that combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Neuro-linguistic programming NLP and hypnosis.
Solution focused hypnotherapy looks at what the client would like to achieve, rather than the reason why they decided to seek help. It focuses on the present and the future instead of the past, which is why it can provide a positive effect in such a short space of time.
The hypnotherapist may ask how the client’s life would improve if they fix the problem, and specifically what would have changed. This helps the client to set specific goals to aim for while making the solution clear.

Hypnotherapy and NLP

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) studies the relationship between language, behaviour and excellence. It is essentially a model used to identify and analyse the linguistic techniques used subconsciously by successful people, in order to produce a recipe for excellence.
An NLP practitioner will look at your attitude and language. Effective communication and perception of others and ourselves will also be key focuses and all will be examined so that strategies for improving understanding, motivation, learning and remembering can be formed.
Many hypnotherapists train in Neuro-linguistic programming in order to help themselves communicate more effectively with their clients, and also to help their clients communicate more effectively with themselves.

Traditional/suggestion hypnotherapy

Traditional/suggestion hypnotherapy involves the hypnotherapist communicating a series of ‘suggestions’ to the subconscious mind with a view to creating positive feelings, thoughts and behaviours. This form of hypnotherapy is often used when there are no underlining issues that need addressing. It’s effective with a limited number of sessions.


A hypno-pscyhotherapist differs from a hypnotherapist as they are trained in psychotherapy theory and practice.
This approach combines hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Hypno-psychotherapy can be used for deeper issues including abuse and trauma. The reason for this is that the training in psychotherapy allows the therapist to provide a supportive and empathic ear.

Analytical hypnotherapy/hypnoanalysis

The aim of Analytical hypnotherapy is to find the root cause of the issue. It uses psychotherapy techniques to uncover deeper, long standing issues. It aims to resolve issues as opposed to managing them. Analytical hypnotherapy is a long term treatment and requires significant commitment from the client.

Clinical hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy is where a client receives hypnotherapy from a qualified hypnotherapist. In the UK, hypnotherapists are not required to have any specific training by law, but a clinical hypnotherapist is a licensed therapist who can use the practice to treat a range of medical and psychological conditions. Clinical hypnotherapists are registered with a professional body and are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).