Hypnosis for depression
According to a 2018 report in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, hypnosis for depression is an effective treatment. In 13 trials and 10 studies, 197 records were screened. The results showed that persons who were depressed and received some form of clinical hypnotherapy saw a 76% improvement of their symptoms when compared to those in groups that had no hypnotic interventions.
As someone who has experienced clinical depression, I know that hypnosis was a powerful ally in my own recovery. I began incorporating hypnosis for people suffering with depression in the mid 1990’s as I gathered my 3000 hours of counseling supervision in grad school. I noticed that those who wanted hypnosis experienced less depression and became depression free quicker than those who did not.
By the time that I went into private practice in 1997, hypnosis was included with every session that was for depression.
If you are living with depression, hypnosis may be of help to you too. Call or email me now for your free phone consultation. Together, no matter where you may live, we can develop a hypnosis program for you. We can meet at my Palm Desert Hypnosis office or only worldwide with secure video conferencing.
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Abstract: “This meta-analysis quantifies the effectiveness of hypnosis for treating the symptoms of depression. To be included in the meta-analysis, studies were required to use a between-subjects or mixed-model design in which a hypnotic intervention for depression was compared with a control condition in reducing depression symptoms. Of 197 records screened, 10 studies incorporating 13 trials of hypnosis met the inclusion criteria. The mean weighted effect size for 13 trials of hypnosis at the end of active treatment was 0.71 (p ≤ .001), indicating the average participant receiving hypnosis showed more improvement than about 76% of control participants. The mean weighted effect size for four trials of hypnosis at the longest follow-up was 0.52 (p ≤ .01), indicating the average participant treated with hypnosis showed more improvement than about 51% of control participants. These effect sizes are comparable to those associated with well-known psychological interventions for depression (e.g., Beck’s cognitive therapy, interpersonal therapy) and suggest hypnosis is a very effective way of alleviating the symptoms of depression. Clinicians may wish to give serious consideration to hypnosis as a treatment option when working with clients and patients who are depressed.”
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