What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy has quite a different approach to more traditional forms of Hypnotherapy. It utilises many different techniques from Hypnosis, Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Theory and Neuro-Linguistic Programming which have been shaped and honed by the methods of successful therapists such as Milton Erickson, Gil Boyne, Stephen Wolinsky, Rubin Batino and Tad James.

By encompassing these techniques and methods into a modern structured framework, Cognitive Hypnotherapy can achieve results in a reduced period of time.

Traditional hypnotherapy

Traditional hypnotherapy has suffered over the years from a lack of credibility in the medical arena but this is slowly changing. Evidence from modern neuroscience is proving that hypnosis is a very viable tool to create change in people.

Traditional hypnotherapy, more often than not, involves the therapist reading a script to their client while in a state of trance. This can sometimes be very successful, providing that the script fits that client. By working in this way, using a “one size fits all” approach, the client can develop resistance to the suggestions in that script, therefore, allowing them to be rejected by the subconscious mind. This could potentially render that whole session useless due to the rapport between client and therapist breaking down.

Trance states

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is not as limited in its approach. Trance states are seen as something that are a part of everyday life and our problems and issues are part of them.

Only about 10% of our behaviour is controlled by our conscious mind. The remainder is determined by our subconscious. Have you ever been driving on a journey that you have travelled many times before and just found yourself near your destination without any recollection of the traffic lights that you have evidently driven through? That is an example of a typical trance state.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses these trance states that are part of the problem and looks at the thought patterns contained within them that maintain or generate unwanted results or behaviours. A vast range of techniques can then be used to modify these ill-performing patterns. Methods are then used to build on your own strengths and resources so that you are able to take control of your behaviour.


The most significant ingredient of Cognitive Hypnotherapy is Wordweaving. It closely follows the language patterns of a Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Master Hypnotherapist called Milton Erickson and introduces a few others as well.

Most traditional hypnotherapy techniques involve direct suggestion, demanding that change is made. This can encounter resistance if the subconscious is unwilling to change and can be for many reasons – a secondary gain, fear or guilt being a few possibilities. Erickson found that, by using indirect suggestions, the mind finds ways to combat this resistance. He would also set tasks for his clients to complete between sessions which would also help them progress towards their solution state.

A Cognitive Hypnotherapist called Trevor Silvester, founder of The Quest Institute, developed Wordweaving to create a format in which change can be skilfully created. He collated all of Erickson’s patterns together, incorporating the trance phenomena to improve the ability to use indirect language patterns.

The purpose of this is to deliver the appropriate trance phenomena to a particular part of the problem pattern in order to change the perception of that problem. By doing this, scripts are no longer needed as all the Wordweaving patterns are custom-made specifically for that person.

Due to the interactive nature of Cognitive Hypnotherapy’s approach, and the fact that it draws on the best of many other established therapies, a whole range of issues can be successfully treated by this modern, effective and efficient therapeutic framework.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy Redhill SurreyAbout The Author 

Anthony Hilling is a fully qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist located in Redhill, Surrey. He typically sees clients from the surrounding areas of Banstead, Reigate and Whitebushes.

Find out more about Anthony’s work by visiting his GoToSee profile page here


Visit his website www.hillinghypnotherapy.co.uk

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