Hypnotherapy apps are the modern day equivalent of the sort of self-help hypnosis tapes that were once relatively popular. They promise to help you transform your life, lose weight, stop smoking and so on, all in a simple, easy to use package that you can carry around on your phone or tablet.
There are a number of different hypnotherapy apps currently available on the market, each offering slightly different approaches to helping you meet your personal goals through hypnosis. But do they really work? And can they ever come close to the result you can achieve with a real life hypnotherapist?
We decided to answer some of the common questions people have about hypnotherapy apps and take a look at some of the most popular types of apps currently available to assess just how effective we think they are likely to be.
Are hypnosis apps safe?
According to Indiana University psychiatry professor and former director of the Indiana Center for Psychoanalysis, Dr. Elgan Baker: “Self-hypnosis without a trained professional is not a good idea.” His argument is that hypnotherapy can bring up “repressed trauma and painful emotions” and that this can be counter-productive without a trained professional there to help you.
On the other hand, Dr. David Patterson, a University of Washington professor and hypnosis practitioner, says:
“Audiotaped versions of hypnosis have been around for years and I do not see an app as any different than them.”
However, he does say:
“Hypnosis apps are largely a matter of lay hypnotists trying to make money.”
Ultimately, it is up to you how safe you feel using a particular hypnosis app, but if you are going to use one, it is sensible to do your research first into any negative side-effects other users have experienced. Then, when using an app, make sure to start off using it in small doses at first and monitor the effects you experience. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, stop using the app immediately and consult a professional.
It is always advisable to discuss a hypnotherapy or general hypnosis app with a professional hypnotherapist before making use of it to make sure you stay safe while working on your personal development.
Popular hypnotherapy apps
The most popular types of hypnotherapy apps are, perhaps unsurprisingly, for some of the most common issues we see clients wanting help with from solution focused hypnotherapy. These include weight loss, quitting smoking, sleeping better and dealing with stress.
So can apps help you achieve these goals? The answer is that, it depends on the individual apps, but that, yes, some people will probably experience some positive results with a hypnotherapy app.
There are several reasons behind this, only some of which are directly related to the effectiveness of individual apps.
For a start, people who choose to download a hypnotherapy app have already made a commitment to addressing their problems, so are more likely to see positive change than those who are still putting off taking action.
Secondly, anything which causes you to take time out to think about your problems, increase your mindfulness and focus on improving yourself is likely to boost your resolve to address the issue at hand.
Thirdly, if you commit to regularly using a hypnotherapy app, you are already making a change in your life and routine, which can make it easier to make other changes which have a direct positive impact on your situation, such as eating healthier, or staying away from cigarettes.
Individual apps may help you go beyond these basic benefits, but it can be very hard for an untrained individual to know whether the results they are seeing are down to the app, or simply the other factors highlighted above. It is also important to remember that only those who are disciplined and good at self-motivation to begin with are likely to see positive results from a self-hypnosis app.
Are hypnotherapy apps worth using?
While some people may find hypnotherapy apps useful to support their personal development, the truth is no app will ever give you the same results you will see with a real life hypnotherapist and personal development coach.
This is because getting the most out of hypnotherapy requires an approach tailored to you, under the supervision of an experienced coach who knows what works for people in your situation, with your specific needs and goals.
If you think hypnotherapy apps could help you, it is strongly recommended to see a solution focused hypnotherapist first, so they can assess you and help you work out a personal development plan. They can then advise you whether a specific app or apps could be useful in supporting your personal development journey, but for the best results an app can never replace the personal touch and expertise of a real life hypnotherapist and personal development coach.
Solution focused hypnotherapy – the real alternative to hypnotherapy apps
The Coach Approach uses the very latest techniques in clinical hypnotherapy and personal development coaching, to produce real, measureable results for our clients. It is the combination of hypnotherapy and our personal approach to coaching that helps clients achieve their goals, something you can never get from any hypnotherapy app.
Our structured approach to hypnotherapy supported personal coaching is designed around your specific needs, rather than being a one-size-fits-all program. We work closely with you to identify what you want to achieve, your strengths and weakness, and how you can harness your inner resources to overcome the challenges you face.
This approach allows you to achieve the success you deserve, both at work and in your personal life. Our strong track record of success demonstrates that The Coach Approach offers a genuine opportunity for you to learn and grow, so you can become the best version of yourself.
The Coach Approach is run by John Shallcroft who is a fully qualified, accredited and insured coach and clinical hypnotherapist. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and an Accredited Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He is also registered with the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), the National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
To find out more about how the Coach Approach can transform your professional life, call today on 01326 352535 or get in touch.