Does Self-Hypnosis Work?

“I am getting sleepy”

Doesn’t it sound perfect to be able to perform self-hypnosis and then all of your troubles would disappear? Many websites selling self-hypnosis CD box sets and online e-courses would like to have you believe all of this is possible. For some, it is possible. But for others, it just doesn’t work. How can you find out if hypnosis will work for you?

About Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis can be helpful to many people. It may help you to relax and calm your nerves. It may guide you to positive actions for enacting a positive change in your life. If you prefer a one-way dialogue that allows the hypnotherapist to give instruction, then self-hypnosis may be an option to consider.

Using a Professional

Other individuals may prefer to have the opportunity to have a one-on-one experience in a live appointment setting where the hypnotherapist can customize the experience based on their specific needs. It may be helpful to be able to relay your feelings and experiences prior to undergoing hypnosis, and then being able to discuss your experience after the hypnosis is complete. Being able to have a rapport with your hypnotherapist can help them to find the source of your issues and make your experience more effective.

Depending on your situation, you may find self-hypnosis a “one size fits all” type of approach. It’s possible if you have a common problem, such as fear of public speaking, you can easily find a self-hypnosis course that would be perfect for you. It may also be more cost effective than multiple visits to a hypnotherapist. But if your situation is more complex, or you have some apprehension, a one-on-one session may be a better place to start.

The effectiveness of any hypnosis mainly relies on your desire for change, and an agreement to participate. It also requires you to be able to relax and trust the process. If one of these attributes are not truly there (or you’re just trying to convince yourself that it is), hypnosis may not be the best route to take. Traditional counseling may offer a better fit for those who consider themselves “skeptics”.

In this advanced age, some hypnotherapists now offer online sessions via webcam through services such as Skype. Some patients feel that this approach has many positive benefits, such as:

  • Eliminates travel time
  • Less likely to need time off from work
  • Allows a familiar environment for relaxation


So before you decide whether self-hypnosis, traditional hypnotherapy, or webcam sessions are right for you, be honest with yourself about what your outlook is on all the aspects of each kind of therapy. It may be difficult, but try not to let money be the first determining factor.  Sometimes the least expensive option isn’t always the best one for you.