Hypnosis and CBT


All Hypnosis is Self Hypnosis

Research in 2000 defined hypnosis as a concentrated state of attention whilst the individual is in a very relaxed. state. This resource found that all hypnosis is self hypnosis, i.e., hypnosis is very much to do with the individual’s capacity, or  talent, for experiencing hypnosis.

Individuals go in and out of natural trance states everyday. For example, when you are daydreaming or so absorbed in an activity that you lose track of time, it can be said that you are in a natural trance or a hypnotic state.

What can I use Clinical Hypnosis for?

It can be used for medical, psychological and dental purposes and for personal development. Psychological applications include using hypnosis for anxiety, stress related illness, pain management,  motivation training, attitude change, self-esteem, self-confidence, depression, eating disorders, fears and phobias, memory training, nail biting, panic and performance anxiety, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, stuttering, study problems, trauma counselling, thumb sucking and to stop smoking.

The Talent for Hypnotic Responsivity is within the Individual

Research has found that hypnotic responsivity is related to an individual’s disposition to have hypnosis-like experiences outside of formal hypnotic settings. An extensive interview study by Dr Josephine Hilgard of Stanford University, California, showed that individuals with good hypnotic responsivity tend to display a high level of imaginative involvement in domains such as reading and drama, love of nature. Absorption, for example the ability to become absorbed in reading, is the most reliable personality correlate of good hypnotic responsivity.

Programs are tailored to  individual abilities and needs  by a trained professional.

Dr Henry’s Qualifications in Clinical Hypnosis

Dr Henry’s Master’s research followed up and supported the findings of Dr Jospehine Hilgard’s American  study on the use of  imaginative involvement. Dr Henry’s  research entitled Individual Differences in Imaginative Involvement and Hypnotic Responsivity, is published in The Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Dr Henry completed a two year course with The Australian Society of Hypnosis and was awarded their Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis. She  has been a lecturer in the The Australian Society of Hypnosis Two Year Training Course, and  in The Graduate Diploma of Clinicial Hypnosis, at The Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. She was invited to deliver training on The Use of Music in Hypnosis, in Auckland, Christchurch, and Dunedin, by The New Zealand Branch of The Australian Society of Hypnosis. Her  Certificate of Special Merit from The Trinity College of Music, London, supports her interest in use of music and imaginative involvement in clinical hypnosis.. Dr Henry has utilised Cognitive Therapy  within clinical hypnosis in public and private health care settings and in multidisciplinary pain clinics.

Choosing a Therapist for Clinical  Hypnosis

With respect to clinical hypnosis, it is most important that the therapist be qualified to treat the client’s problem without hypnosis, before treating the problem in hypnosis,e.g., cognitive therapy in hypnosis. A professional who has the appropriate training to treat a particular  disorder can work with the client to see which approach best meets their individual needs.

Clinical services may include the following:

CBT with Guided Imagery in Hypnosis

Cognitive Behavioural  Therapy with Guided Imagery  calls upon your imaginative involvement to create mental images to help bring about desired changes in one’s physical or emotional state. It uses intentional mental imagery to activate the body’s own natural resources for health and balance. It is frequently used to enhance the effectiveness of medical treatments, reduce many side effects of cancer treatment, provide emotional support and comfort to individuals and loved ones, and improve the quality of life.

CBT & Therapeutic Hypnosis for Habit Disorders

Dr Henry provides services in CBT and Therapeutic Hypnosis for Management of Habit Disorders, e.g., for clients who want to Quit Smoking, or manage  inappropriate eating patterns and weight issues. A Mindful Eating Programme offers additional self-regulation skills

Body Centred Hypnosis for Childbirth


Body-Centered hypnosis for decreasing anxiety has proven an effective tool for fear of childbirth and post traumatic stress syndrome resulting from physical and/or emotional traum. Research has found it more successful than traditional hypnosis due to the nature of changing sensation of labor pain versus chronic pain, and due to the individual nature of anxiety related issues in the pregnant woman.

While dissociative hypnosis has been used successfully to reduce chronic pain in clients suffering from a pain illness, a body-centered or associative hypnosis (associating to the body’s sensations and working with pain and the individual woman’s psychological profile) has proven to be a superior method of hypnosis for childbearing women.


 Autgenics is defined as an active self hypnosis training technique which leads a person into a relaxed psychophysiological (mind-body) state and sense of wellbeing. It  is widely used in Europe and Japan for the control of pain, balancing the autonomic nervous system, and correcting sleep disorders. It has been appliced in stress-rleated conditions which include blood pressure, colitis, and migraine headaches. June Henry was trainined in Autogenics by Dr Very Fryling, Psychiatrist, at The Walnut Creek Stress Clinic, San Francisco, California.