Welcome to HypnosisHypnotherapy.com
Find online resources for hypnosis and hypnotherapy:
Self hypnosis recordings:
There are many websites offering self-hypnosis recordings - many of them making outlandish claims - or using pseudoscientific ideas (subliminal hypnotic suggestions that no-one can hear!)
Here is a website with straightforward (no music, no pseudoscience) self-hypnosis recordings based on the sort of hypnosis scripts used by clinical psychologists (rather than pop psychologists!)
Here are some particular recordings:
self hypnosis for relaxation
self hypnosis for confidence
Find a hypnotherapist
Here are some recommending hypnotherapist's websites:
hypnotherapy Harley Street
Hypnotherapist in London
Also some directories of hypnotherapists or hypnotherapy registers:
National Council of Hypnotherapy
Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
Recommended training schools
We recommend The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy as one of the best training schools, not only in the UK, but world wide.
The UK College has been running hypnotherapy training courses for over 15 years and have a strong reputation for taking an evidence-based approach that is scientifically orientated.
The trainers are therapists themselves and have strong backgrounds in psychology and also in Greek philosophy, Buddhism, Indian philosophy and meditation - i.e. they have some depth of understanding and experience about psychology, the mind, consciousness etc.
The type of hypnotherapy taught is cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy (they own the trademark "Hypno-CBT®") - which is an integration of cognitive behavioural therapy approaches with hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Students are trained in depth in this approach - how to assess the client from a cognitive-behavioural perspective, how to conceptualise the client's problems from the cognitive-behavioural perspective and how to design and deliver a treatment plan.
The recommended reading for the course is typically:
The Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (2012) by Donald Robertson
Hartland's Medical and Dental Hypnosis (4th edition) (2001) - edited by Michael Heap
Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis - an evidence-based approach (2006) - by Kirsch and LynnAlbion Online Gold
Training in Hypnotherapy?
If you are interested to train in hypnotherapy to become a hypnotherapis, or perhaps to add hypnotherapy to your existing practice, or perhaps just for your own self-development - then we advise you spend some time considering a few critical questions that will are easily forgotten and can lead to time and money not being well spent (for example we are thinking of a friend who paid £5000 to take week long training with a "famous" hypnotherapist - thinking most expensive was best - it turned out to be a complete waste of money, the training was beyond poor and the trainer quite an imbalanced person!)
How long has the training school been running?
Is the training accredited externally by an organisations? Which?
(particularly look for trainings that are accredited by an external Awarding Organisation recognised by OfQual - the government organisation overseeing educational standards).
Who are the trainers? Are they also therapists? What is their background?
(Ideally you are looking for a trainer who is deeply versed in psychology, psychotherapy, coaching or similar. Also a trainer who has been and still is a therapist seeing clients. Many trainers have never seen many clients.)
What type of hypnotherapy training is offered? Ericksonian? NLP? Hypno-analytical, traditional, CBT-based?
(Many hypnotherapy training courses are merely "dressed up" NLP with a very superficial understanding of hypnosis. NLP is more like a pop psychology and the it's main business is selling training courses - i.e. it isn't a research topic in psychology, unlike hypnosis, and it is pretty much forgotten in clinical psychology, unlike hypnosis, there are very few therapists who really use NLP, unlike hypnosis). Be really clear what type of hypnotherapy you are going to learn. Also you can't learn them all in one course.
If a course promises to train you in i) medical hypnosis ii) Eriksonian hypnotherapy iii) hypno-analysis iv) NLP v) CBT - and much more... then stay away. You can't learn all those on one training course (except superficially and that is the number one problem - lots of material and techniques covered but not depth) - and those approaches DO NOT mix and match!
Is there evidence for this type of hypnotherapy? Where is the evidence? What are the sources?
Get the trainer on the telephone and ask them which of the academic journals they subscribe to? Ask them what are the main reference texts for the course?
(Most trainers don't subscribe to the main academic journals, they do not keep up with developments in the field. One of the leading training schools uses out of date textbooks for its reading list - books written over 20 years ago.Darkscape Gold Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have developed considerably in the last 20-30 years. Ensure the training school is up to date.
Don't train in "out of date" hypnosis.