FAQs about CBT, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy and hypnosis

Updated: May 11

What is cognitive behavioural / behavioural therapy (CBT)?


Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking treatment which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. If you’re looking for a CBT meaning, to simplify, CBT therapy combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think), and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).


What is cognitive behavioral / behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH, or Hypno-CBT®)?

Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (or CBH) combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with hypnosis, to give you the tools to manage and overcome daily stress and feelings of anxiety, as well as manage physical ailments. CBH or Hypno-CBT® is designed to help you manage your problems by changing the way you think, and behave. The hypnosis element allows us to embed the positive changes at a deeper level.


The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, where I trained, says: "Hypno-CBT® (HCBT) is not simply hypnotherapy plus CBT; it is a tight integration of social, cognitive and behavioural psychology with traditional hypnotism. HCBT embraces the principle of evidence-based 'technical eclecticism' (Lazarus), which encourages clinicians to seek proven methods from different modalities of psychological therapy."

What is hypnosis – what is hypnotherapy?


Hypnosis is a deep state of hyper-focus and concentration, whereby the individual has increased suggestibility. Hypnotherapy is the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes.


What issues can hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral / behavioural hypnotherapy help with?

Hypnotherapy is widely used for issues like helping people quit smoking or reduce overeating by focusing their minds, and suggesting healthier behaviour. Hypnotherapy is also used for helping relieve chronic and acute pain, aiding sleep, and helping with psychosomatic issues, e.g. physical complaints aggravated by internal conflicts or stress, such as irritable bowel syndrome and dermatological complaints. Hypnotherapy is also used to improve symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.

Here at Arrive Therapy, our interest in our chosen model, the cognitive behavioral / behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH, or Hypno-CBT) modality, is used commonly for issues such as social anxiety, confidence, sleep issues and low mood. Hypnotherapy for anxiety is a prime interest for Arrive Therapy’s Kathy Carter, especially for anyone affected by issues of neurodivergence, or for highly sensitive people (HSPs).


Is CBT training?


Clients attending cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH, or Hypno-CBT®) sessions are given lots of psycho-education about the modality to help them learn about how thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect one’s feelings and behaviours.


They’re taught how to use coping skills for dealing with different life problems – so there’s an important element of CBT training within a CBH hypnosis session.


Can you do CBT online – can you do cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy online?

With the recent pandemic, web-cam therapy has been thoroughly tested and researched, and has been successfully used for a wide range of talking therapies. Many people wonder, does hypnosis work on Zoom? Therapists of many modalities agree that outcomes with online therapy, e.g. cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy via webcam, are similar to face-to-face. Read more at this link on online therapy.


How do I find CBT near me – how do I find hypnotherapy near me?

Go to a professional register such as REBHP, the Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy. With this register you click on ‘find a therapist’, and do a search for your locality within the listing. Another useful site due to its superior search facility is the ACCPH: Therapists And Coaches Directory. Click on ‘Therapists and Coaches’ and click on ‘hypnotherapist’ – you can add your locality. (These sites are UK-centric).


Kathy Carter


If you’d like more info, please email me on arivetherapy@protonmail.com to discuss your queries.


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