Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnotist & hypnotherapist: what do they all mean?

If you’re quite new to the world of hypnosis then it’s really easy to get all the hypno-words mixed up.  Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnotist and hypnotherapist all sound quite similar but are referring to very different things.

Unfortunately the terms are often used interchangeably by people who are not clear on their meanings which can cause confusion.  If you’re looking to invest in professional help for a condition or phobia then it’s important that you understand the terms so that you can make an informed decision when choosing a practitioner.


Hypnosis is quite a broad term – it simply refers to a very relaxed state where your subconscious mind is more alert than usual and your conscious mind is resting.  Putting someone into a state of hypnosis is relatively easy to learn to do.  Once a person is in a state of hypnosis their minds become more open to suggestion, however simply giving suggestions is unlikely to resolve deeper issues on a long-term basis.


A hypnotist is a person that performs hypnosis.  People can become hypnotists simply from reading books or taking a very short course; they do not need to undertake any specific training or qualifications.  For people searching for relief from a phobia, a medical condition or to improve their mental health a hypnotist cannot always provide the lasting results that they hope for.


Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting.  During hypnotherapy a patient would be put into a very relaxed state of hypnosis and then psycho-analysed in order to get to the root of the problem and treat them by correcting their way of thinking.


Hypnotherapists are skilled, trained and qualified to carry out psychotherapy using hypnosis.  People usually seek help from hypnotherapists when they want to change a particular behaviour like quitting smoking, stuttering, anxiety, depression, a phobia or an addiction.  At Hypnotherapy Success our hypnotherapist Jennie Francis is qualified and experienced in treating patients for a whole variety of conditions and behaviours and is Channel 4’s recommended in-house hypnotherapist.  If you’re going to be paying for treatment then make sure you check your therapist’s credentials and qualifications, don’t settle for anything less than the best!