Using Hypnotherapy to Reduce Anxiety

By Caroline Pincus


Core to our mission at FindCenter, a website created to support the journey to well-being, is the introduction of different healing approaches for the great variety of emotional and behavioral issues and challenges we encounter in our lives.

We offer supportive resources on the many types of talk therapy but our focus is on the body-based and less-conventional approaches. 

A team of researchers at FindCenter has researched hundreds of topics related to well-being and found the very best information and perspectives on these topics by teachers and practitioners across a broad spectrum of healing arts. 


Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective and enduring of these healing approaches.

It can be a powerful ally in the healing of depression and anxiety, as it works to coax the mind into a relaxed and calm state, where painful memories and fears stored deep in the subconscious experience safety and the opportunity to resolve.

Where medication fails or requires living with uncomfortable or undesirable side effects, such as brain fog, weight gain, and others–and is unaffordable to many–hypnosis can work in just a short series of sessions and requires no special equipment. It also puts no stress on the rest of the body, as medications often do. 

Effects of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy clients treated for anxiety report feeling more present, less self-conscious, less jittery, and less stressed overall, and anxiety symptoms have been known to diminish and stay diminished in as few as 6 to 8 sessions.

Hypnotherapy is also used before surgery, to induce a state of calm. 

History of Hypnosis

Like many complementary therapies, hypnotherapy is not new. According to this fascinating article on the history of hypnosis,

“The earliest references to hypnosis date back to ancient Egypt and Greece. Indeed, ‘hypnos’ … is the Greek word for sleep, although the actual state of Hypnosis is very different from that of sleep.

Hypnosis was used to induce dreams, which were then analyzed to get to the root of the trouble.

There are many references to trance and hypnosis in early writings. In 2600 BC the father of Chinese medicine, Wong Tai, wrote about techniques that involved incantations and passes of the hands.

The Hindu Vedas written around 1500 BC mention hypnotic procedures. Trance-like states occur in many shamanistic, druidic, voodoo, yogic and religious practices.”

It’s no wonder that a technique that can induce dreams can also help with anxiety.

Here are a few links specific to using hypnotherapy to work with anxiety and a few that speak to the efficacy of hypnotherapy itself.

Surprising Health Benefits of Hypnosis

How Hypnosis Can Help Ease Panic Disorder Symptoms?

Does Hypnosis Work for Anxiety Depression and Fear?

Can Hypnosis Treat My Anxiety?

Celebrity Hypnotherapist Kimberly Friedmutter on Connecting with the Subconscious

Has Hypnosis Finally Been Vindicated by Neuroscience?

Is Hypnosis a Distinct Form of Consciousness?

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Caroline Pincus

About the Author

Caroline joined FindCenter’s founding team after a long and distinguished career in book publishing, where she was responsible for discovering and developing the careers of numerous New York Times best-selling authors.

FindCenter’s core mission aligns well with Caroline’s areas of publishing expertise and personal interest—personal discovery, spiritual growth, and health and wellness.

Her twin passions of discovering wisdom in unexpected places and promoting work that expands our sense of joy and authenticity also find a good home at FindCenter.

When she’s not busy directing her content team, Caroline is a voting rights activist, sings for the dying, and mothers a creative young adult. Her primary form of meditation is cooking.