Is Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Depression About to Hit the Mainstream?

15th October 2020 by Aaron Surtees, the UK’s most recommended hypnotherapist


Mention hypnosis at a party and you’ll probably get a fair mix of reactions…

The more enthusiastic people will rave about how it’s a great way to relax the mind, and others will say that they are intrigued to give it a go.

But what about the more suspicious folks in the room?

Don’t be surprised if they raise their eyebrows and say something like:

“But isn’t hypnosis like magic?” or…

“Being put into a trance sounds kinda freaky…”

How powerful hypnosis really is has been a hot topic for years…

This is despite its origins having a rich history that dates as far back as ancient medicine.

Hypnotism was brought to the forefront of scientific study in the 1800s, thanks to the work of doctors Franz Mesmer and James Braid.

Braid found that hypnosis was a valuable therapy for health practitioners to offer patients who had disorders of the nervous system.

Although we could delve deeper into the discoveries of the 1800s, I’m sure you’d rather find out what’s happening today…

So, does modern hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression really have potential?

The answer is most certainly “yes.”

I’ve had the good fortune of directing a leading hypnotherapy practice in London for over 15 years.

Now, I wouldn’t use words like “miracle” or “magic”, but our 100+ reviews clearly show that people feel calmer, happier, and more in control of their lives after hypnotherapy sessions.

In this article, we’ll share some of these reviews, assess the research so far on hypnotherapy, and provide resources that you may find helpful.

If you want to scroll to the section you’re most interested in, here’s an outline of the article:

  • So… What’s the Deal with Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Depression?
  • NHS Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Depression… Is It Available?
  • Where to Find the Best Hypnotherapy in London?

  • Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Success Stories
  • Hypnosis Download


As confirmed by the American Psychological Association, the majority of clinicians now agree…

Hypnosis can indeed be a very effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain

Hypnosis has also been found to work well for those who wish to break bad habits, which makes it a great option for treating addictions like smoking.

All signs point towards hypnotherapy (through which the state of hypnosis occurs) becoming more of a mainstream therapy in the coming years.

But what’s the research to back up its potential?

Well, I thought I’d share a few studies on hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression that you may find interesting…

In a meta-analysis of 18 studies, scientists discovered that the addition of hypnosis made a significant improvement in treatment outcomes for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

These positive effects were especially large at long-term follow-up, which offers promise for hypnosis making lasting changes for patients.

In terms of anxiety treatment, cognitive hypnotherapy seems to be as effective as behavioural therapy (BT) and CBT that uses imagery and relaxation strategies.

As the nationally-renowned Anxiety UK reports, people are experiencing excellent results with clinical hypnotherapy.

On their hypnosis page, they feature a testimonial from Betty — an anxiety-sufferer who made great progress:

“I was suffering with panic attacks on the train to the point where it was almost impossible to travel to work. I was feeling very tearful and in a complete state of panic when I went to see a hypnotherapist through Anxiety UK for treatment. I found the hypnotherapist very easy to talk to, and my whole experience of hypnotherapy was very easy and straightforward…”

There have also been compelling arguments for the use of hypnotherapy for depression.

Dr. Michael Yapko has said that hypnosis is a relevant treatment for depression.

He states that the ability of hypnosis to change an individual’s patterns of self-organisation (e.g. attention, cognition, and perception styles) that contribute to mood disorders, such as depression.

Dr. Yapko has also published a book on the topic, titled Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depression: Strategies for Changeif you’d like to read more on the topic.


Much to the frustration of the many people searching for hypnosis treatment, hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression is not usually available on the NHS.

However, you may contact your GP surgery to ask them if such services are available in your area.

In most cases, people access hypnotherapy privately.

When looking for a private hypnotherapist, please make sure they’re experienced at what they do.

A few questions to consider are:

  • Do they have 5-10 years of experience (or more) practicing hypnotherapy?
  • Do they have relevant qualifications, e.g. in psychology or mental health?
  • Also, do they seem approachable and friendly?

You’ll want to choose a hypnotherapist that you can trust and feel comfortable with.

Find out more about how City Hypnosis can support you here.


Now, there’s no way around it — obviously I’m going to be a bit biased here!

But type “hypnotherapy in London” into Google and you should find our clinic at City Hypnosis has more client reviews than any other.

That’s because we pride ourselves on providing top-quality hypnotherapy — it’s the reason we’ve got a 4.7/5* rating out of 100 reviews.

This includes past clients who’ve sought hypnotherapy with us for conditions such as anxiety, phobias, and addictions.

I’ve also been invited on multiple media platforms over the years, including The Telegraph, BBC, Bazaar, and Mail Online.

Feel free to check out a few of my media appearances here.


When researching hypnotherapy clinics you may want to contact, it’s sensible to take a first-hand look at the reviews.

Fortunately, we’ve got a long list of anxiety hypnotherapy success stories to share with you.

They come from clients who’ve seen either myself or my colleague, Jana, at City Hypnosis.

(Note: You’ll also be able to find these on our Google reviews page).

  • Crystal Nicholls

“I went to see Aaron for work related anxiety and after a few sessions I now feel more confident and relaxed at work and am sleeping much better at night. Thank you City Hypnosis for the great work you are doing!”

  • Heidi Menhinick

“City Hypnosis has helped me with anxiety and confidence… going from a person that wouldn’t go in a busy shop to now walking into busy places without worrying.”

  • Yogesh Sharma

“I saw Jana last year and I must say that there has been an amazing change in the way I cope with stress and how I manage anxiety and panic…”

  • Bella Ransom

“Visited City Hypnosis for 3 sessions which helped me overcome my anxiety condition. Highly recommend, Thank you Aaron.”

Finally, if you wish to view a testimonial from Ian — who had a life-changing experience accessing hypnosis for anxiety with us — please click on the video link below:

Aaron Surtees hypnosis testimonial for anxiety and confidence-building.

Source: Vimeo


If you want to try hypnotherapy, but want to test it out yourself first before booking a session, my audio download programme may be the best place for you to start.

I’ve recorded a range of award-winning MP3 hypnosis treatments, which are proving to have a high success rate so far.

Each session is approximately 25 to 35 minutes on average.

My team has done our best to make the process as simple as possible for you.

Simply click the link below, purchase the programme, and download the audio files via your computer.

Get the Aaron Surtees HYPNOSIS DOWNLOAD for Anxiety & Panic

You will then be able to transfer the files to your mobile phone if you wish.

(Files are too large to be sent directly to a mobile phone from the purchase page).

Key benefits of the downloadable hypnosis include:

  • The opportunity to face your anxiety in a calm setting and take control
  • Flexible use — access hypnosis at home or wherever suits you best
  • Voiced by the UK’s most recommended hypnotherapist, Aaron Surtees
  • Award-winning audio sessions

Once again, here’s the link:

Purchase Aaron Surtees’ HYPNOSIS DOWNLOAD for Anxiety & Panic

Thanks very much for reading today’s article!

To find out more about the services we offer or discover where you can access hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression, please contact the City Hypnosis team on:

Telephone: 07732 888 397


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Thanks go to Declan Davey (Alternative Health Copywriter) for co-authoring this article.