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Hypnotherapy is a mind-body therapy which aims to encourage positive emotions and to put you in a deep state of relaxation to encourage feelings of calmness.

Hypnosis can help some people reach a deep state of relaxation. During hypnosis you’ll remain conscious and aware of your surroundings. It’s believed by some to make your mind more open to accept new ways of thinking, acting and feeling and can help some people to feel more comfortable and in control of their situation.

People with cancer most often use hypnotherapy for sickness or pain. There is some evidence that hypnotherapy helps with these symptoms. It can also help with depression, anxiety and stress.

There is not much evidence to support the success of hypnotherapy but it can be used alongside conventional treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

If you want to start hypnotherapy, you should make sure you choose a qualified hypnotherapist with a reputable healthcare background such as the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Published Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018