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How Does Hypnotherapy Work For Habit Change?

Key Takeaways -

  • Hypnotherapy is a method commonly applied to modify habits.

  • Hypnotherapy involves inducing a trance to relax the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind, where habits are formed.

  • Hypnotherapy can facilitate habit change by replacing negative thought patterns with positive ones and reinforcing new behaviours.

Habits, whether good or bad, have a way of weaving themselves into the fabric of your daily routine. However, some can become particularly bothersome, interrupting your life and causing distress.

When these unruly habits rear their ugly heads, you may struggle to focus on what's truly important.

At this point, you may wonder if another method can help you free yourself from the shackles of your unwanted behaviours. Well, this is where hypnotherapy comes in.

Hypnotherapy offers a unique approach to habit change, delving deep into the recesses of your mind and addressing the root causes of these bothersome habits.

In the following blog, we'll explore how hypnotherapy facilitates lasting change, empowering you to regain control of your life and say cheerio to those unwanted habits for good.

What Is A Habit?

A habit is a recurring pattern of behaviour that has become somewhat automatic, requiring little to no conscious thought. Your brain forms these habits to save MENTAL ENERGY, allowing you to perform routine tasks without much effort [1].

These habits can be beneficial, like brushing your teeth, or detrimental, like nail-biting. Ultimately, they become deeply ingrained within your DAILY LIFE, influencing your actions, thoughts, and emotions.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Bad Habits?

So, how can hypnotherapy treatment assist you in overcoming a pesky bad habit? Hypnotherapy is a THERAPEUTIC approach that utilises the power of hypnosis to tap into your subconscious mind, where habits reside.

When you're in a hypnotic state, your mind becomes more open to suggestions, allowing the hypnotherapist to address the ROOT CAUSES of your unwanted behaviour.

By replacing negative thought patterns with more POSITIVE and empowering ones, hypnotherapy helps you break free from bad habits, paving the way for lasting change and improved quality of life.

Pro Tip: It's essential to understand that hypnotherapy requires effort and patience from you too; it's not a magic fix.

The Hypnotherapy Process for Breaking Bad Habits

The hypnotherapy process for breaking bad habits involves several key steps:

Initial Consultation And Goal Setting

During the first meeting, the hypnotherapist will discuss your concerns and objectives, helping you identify the habit you want to change and establish clear, achievable GOALS.

Pro Tip: Not all bad habits need to be broken; instead, they can be replaced with more constructive behaviours.

Induction And Deepening Techniques

The hypnotherapist will guide you into a relaxed, FOCUSED STATE of hypnosis by using a variety of induction and deepening methods, which vary depending on the practitioner's style and your individual preferences.

Therapeutic Techniques Used During Hypnosis

  • Direct suggestion: The hypnotherapist will provide positive suggestions to your subconscious mind to REPLACE negative beliefs and behaviours with more beneficial ones to help change habits [2].

  • Age regression and memory reconsolidation: The practitioner may guide you through past experiences to understand the root cause of the bad habit and help you REFRAME those memories, leading to behavioural change.

  • Metaphors and visualisation: Imagery and symbolic stories can COMMUNICATE with your subconscious mind, promoting changes in your thought patterns and negative emotions.

  • Anchoring techniques: The hypnotherapist will help you create a mental or physical TRIGGER that you can use to access the positive state achieved during hypnosis, reinforcing the desired change in repetitive behaviours.

  • The role of self-hypnosis and reinforcement: Practicing self-hypnosis and regularly reinforcing the suggestions made during the sessions can ENHANCE the effectiveness of the treatment and help you maintain the positive changes achieved through hypnotherapy.

Habits That Can Be Changed Through Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy has shown promising results in helping individuals change various habits, leading to an improved QUALITY of life. Some of the habits that can be addressed through hypnotherapy include:

  • Smoking cessation: Hypnotherapy can help reframe your thoughts and beliefs about smoking, enabling you to break the addiction and successfully quit the habit.

  • Weight loss and healthy eating: By addressing the underlying emotional and psychological factors contributing to unhealthy emotional eating patterns, hypnotherapy can support lasting weight loss and promote healthier food choices.

  • Overcoming procrastination: Hypnotherapy can assist in identifying the root causes of procrastination and help you develop effective strategies to become more productive and focused to break bad habits.

  • Managing stress and anxiety: Hypnotherapy can teach you relaxation techniques and provide coping mechanisms, enabling you to manage stress better and reduce anxiety levels.

  • Boosting confidence and low self-esteem: Through positive suggestions and reframing negative self talk, hypnotherapy can enhance your self-confidence and help you develop stronger self-worth (self-punishment is actually a thing).

  • Skin picking and nail biting: Hypnotherapy can help uncover the triggers behind these compulsive behaviours, providing you with the tools needed to break the cycle and develop healthier coping strategies.

Factors That Contribute to the Success of Hypnotherapy for Habit Change

Breaking bad habits through hypnotherapy requires motivation, commitment, and patience. An experienced hypnotherapist specialising in treating your SPECIFIC habit is essential (no, not your friend who watched a hypnosis video on YouTube).

There's no shortcut to achieving lasting results; several sessions may be necessary. Complementary techniques and LIFESTYLE changes such as exercise, mindfulness, and support from loved ones can enhance the effectiveness of hypnotherapy.

Working closely with your hypnotherapist and considering these FACTORS can help you achieve lasting change and improve your quality of life.


Breaking bad habits is crucial for maintaining good physical and mental health, as these habits can have severe repercussions.

Hypnotherapy is a useful intervention, as it equips individuals with the necessary techniques to tackle the underlying psychological and emotional factors responsible for bad habits.

To achieve long-term results from hypnotherapy as a treatment for habits, it is important to work closely with an experienced hypnotherapist who specialises in your specific habit.

Along with that, employing motivation, commitment, and complementary techniques like exercise and mindfulness can improve the success rate of hypnotherapy.

Contact me to find out more!

Sources -

  1. Psychology Dictionary. Psychology Dictionary. Published November 28, 2018. Accessed April 24, 2023.

  2. Advanced Hypnotherapy Techniques | Published 2015. Accessed April 24, 2023.

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