Different types of hypnosis

There are several different methods of hypnosis which act like tools to impress, guide, relax, and cure. They can create positive effects in most situations. In simple words, we can say hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which we can influence our mind to accept suggestions.


Hypnosis has psychological advantages that help people with anxiety, addictions, sleep problems and many more issues. Let's look at the different types of hypnosis, so you can understand them before deciding which one is best for you. 

Traditional hypnosis

This is the most popular type of hypnosis and works on suggestions and commands. The hypnotist gives directions to people after putting them into a hypnotic state. 

Traditional hypnosis helps to bring about changes in our thoughts and behaviours. This model of hypnosis is a powerful tool which brings self-improvement and development.


The person is either taught techniques by their hypnotherapist or uses an audio recording to induce a relaxed state. For self-hypnosis, body scanning and deep breathing techniques work well.

When you relax, your mind is open to suggestions. You can help yourself overcome many issues. Also, you benefit by being in a calm state of mind which can help with lower your stress levels.

Clinical hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis is performed by a clinical hypnotherapist or sometimes by a doctor or psychologist in a clinical environment. Its aim is to treat patients with psychological challenges such as phobias, anxiety, and so on.

It can also be beneficial in the medical and dentistry field for controlling fear and reducing pain. However, before choosing a therapist who advertises this way, make sure you do your research very well.

Psychologists can assist you in promoting positive thinking and getting rid of irrational thoughts. Even more, they can tackle emotional problems that cause harmful effects on our mind.

Modern hypnosis

It works as per the patient needs; that's why it tends to obtain much greater success rates. It identifies what the patient wants and what is particular regarding their situation.

Furthermore, it will help people change their perception of the problem. It can even help develop better cognitive skills around challenging conditions.

Some modern hypnosis methods have a spiritual aspect to it to help you break through blocks and barriers and find your purpose in life.

Ericksonian hypnosis

This hypnosis method is named after Milton Erickson who is known as the father of modern hypnosis. It involves storytelling, metaphors, and indirect suggestions. Usually, it uses normal conversation and promotes hypnotic induction. Ericksonian hypnosis can be performed as an eyes-open exercise however, closing the eyes helps to block out up to 80% of distractions, therefore allowing the subject to concentrate more easily.

Ericksonian hypnosis is much more accessible and acceptable to some people as using metaphors enables your mind to encounter things differently and more organically.

In this video hypnotherapist, Heather Fletcher explains more about Ericksonian hypnotherapy.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

This method is often used to help promote positive feelings and is often used in seminars to heighten audience focus and participation. NLP is used in everyday speech as opposed to the closed eyes, traditional hypnosis way.  

It is often used to encourage the subject to improve their development and skills by modelling exceptional people who excel in their field.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is a client-centred method in which the hypnotherapist acts as a solution provider. This helps you determine the right solution. Optimum success is achieved when both you and your hypnotherapist agree at the same point to find the proper solutions for achieving your goals.

Regression hypnotherapy

The hypnotherapist will take your mind back into the past during regression hypnotherapy to reveal the reasons for your present issues. It enables you to go through your memories and analyses your past events allowing you to understand the current situations.

It is often used for creating positive changes in behaviour and thoughts. 

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CPH)

Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy or Cognitive behavioural therapy is a problem-focused and action-oriented form of therapy.  The therapist assists the client to find practical and effective strategies to enable them to overcome their problem. Goals are identified and achieved by teaching new coping strategies and information processing techniques. 

When looking for a hypnotherapist, feel free to enquire which methods the hypnotherapist practices and choose the one that suits you best.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi, Certified Master Hypnotherapist ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp
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Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind Method. He is an experienced hypnotist, trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.

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