does-hypnotherapy-really-workHypnotherapy works and it works far more effectively and faster than traditional psychotherapy and cognitive therapy according to a large scale review of the literature and study findings comparing these three therapy disciplines.

In 1970 Barrios found over 1,018 articles on hypnosis between 1966 and 1968, of which 40 per cent related to therapy, 899 articles on psychoanalytic therapy and 355 on behaviour therapy. From the literature he concluded that, contrary to popular opinion at the time, hypnosis is effective in treating a wide range of conditions including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, alcoholism, stammering, hypertension and frigidity.

He also found in his comparison of hypnosis therapy with Psychoanalysis and Behavior Therapy, he concluded that for psychoanalysis a 38% recovery rate after an average 600 sessions can be expected. This compared with 72% after 22 sessions for cognitive behavioral therapy and 93% after 6 sessions for hypnotherapy.

Faster, more effective relief with hypnotherapy

Yes it does work. Not only is it far more effective than traditional psychotherapy, counselling or behaviour therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) a making changes that last, it’s also much faster. Having been trained in CBT, NLP and hypnotherapy, both Allison McQueen-Luzar and Katie Glen use hypnotherapy in practice for this very reason.

Many clinical studies have shown that hypnotherapy can be incredibly successful for stopping smoking, losing weight, phobias, accelerated learning, stress management and acute pain relief. It is also the only documented successful therapy approved by the United Kingdom’s NHS for IBS.

A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D.¹ in America Health Magazine revealed the following recovery rates:

  • Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
  • Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
  • Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

He also noted the interesting point that success rates decreased with the number of sessions:

At first sight this seems paradoxical.  However, if a form of therapy is truly effective, it should not only increase recovery rate, but also shorten the number of sessions necessary (as well as widen the range of cases treatable).
Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D.¹

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Although this research is over 40 years old, its findings are very much relevant today and demonstrate that traditional techniques are the still proven as the best way to make permanent change. Many modern therapists talk about latest and cutting edge techniques without checking their success rates.

Richardson’s treatment methods were similar to the advanced techniques that we use in practice at The London Hypnotherapy Partnership – a combination of regression and traditional direct hypnosis. It may not be new, but it’s a tried and tested formula that delivers real results.

For the hypnosis buffs among you, researchers have debated for years about whether direct or indirect hypnosis is more effective and none have reached a satisfactory conclusion. Others may claim that the latest techniques are more effective, but as Barrios’ findings, demonstrating an average 93% success rate using traditional techniques, are over 40 years old, these claims are at best clever marketing and at worst simply inaccurate.

Common sense, which so many people forget to apply these days, suggests that direct, clear instructions are more likely to be understood and followed than instructions riddled with hidden and disguised meanings. The direct approach is particularly effective over time and the cumulative effects maximises their impact.

Nothing in life is 100%, but 90+ per cent is pretty close, why would one bother fiddling with a formula that works and risking your success? Having said that, if new techniques are developed that achieve the same successes or better in research, we will learn and then teach them.

Barrios, Alfred A. ‘Hypnotherapy: A reappraisal’ Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice , Vol 7 (1): 2, Jan 1, 1970

If you would like to find our more about how hypnosis and advanced hypnotherapy could help a relationship or sexual issue, or to book an appointment, contact Katie Glen on 020 8712 5981  for a free 15-minute confidential consultation.