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What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an integrative approach to therapy that combines elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with hypnosis techniques. It is a relatively modern form of hypnotherapy that aims to facilitate personal change by working with both the conscious and unconscious mind.

At its core, Cognitive Hypnotherapy recognises that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are interconnected and influence each other. It emphasises the role of our beliefs, perceptions, and automatic patterns of thinking in shaping our experiences and responses to the world. By addressing these cognitive processes and utilising hypnosis as a tool, Cognitive Hypnotherapy aims to bring about positive changes in a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy can be utilised to address a wide range of issues, including anxiety, phobias, stress, depression, low self-esteem, smoking cessation, weight management, and performance enhancement. It can also be used as an adjunct to other therapeutic modalities or medical treatments to enhance their outcomes.

It is important to note that Cognitive Hypnotherapy is generally considered safe and well-tolerated when practiced by trained professionals. However, it is essential to seek treatment from a qualified and experienced therapist who adheres to ethical guidelines and has appropriate credentials.

Overall, Cognitive Hypnotherapy offers a holistic and integrative approach to therapy by combining cognitive techniques with the power of hypnosis. It aims to empower individuals to overcome their challenges, develop healthier patterns of thinking, and create positive change in their lives.

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An Evidence Based Approach

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) conducted a research project in 2011, involving QCH therapists and clients with anxiety and depression. The study used outcome measures commonly used in assessing the effectiveness of talking therapies in the NHS.

The pilot study, published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015, revealed that 71% of the 118 cases treated with Cognitive Hypnotherapy considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions. In comparison, other approaches, like CBT, averaged 42% recovery using the same measures. This is the only hypnotherapy approach known to be validated in this manner. For more information and details on the research project, please visit the evidence-based therapy research page by clicking here.