Clinical Hypnotherapy– what’s the difference to Cognitive Hypnotherapy?

I often meet other hypnotherapists – on training courses and in my role as a hypnotherapy supervisor.  Some practice Clinical Hypnotherapy, some Cognitive Hypnotherapy.  Many simply practice as hypnotherapists.

I started wondering how confusing this must be to you.  So I thought I would try to explain the differences in one of my blog posts.

Clinical Hypnotherapy (Clinical Hypnosis)

A clinical hypnotherapist has undertaken a formal course of study.  They also have a recognised qualification in hypnotherapy.  It is a general term for a hypnotherapist.  But unfortunately it doesn’t tell us much about the type of techniques they use or their therapy approach.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy

This gives you more information about the approach used by the therapist.  But it can still cover a wide range of different methods and approaches.  They may call themselves a cognitive hypnotherapist or cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist.

In addition to hypnosis, they will often use other types of techniques.

Most cognitive hypnotherapists will have completed a formal recognised training. This means they are also clinical hypnotherapists.

Quest Institute Trained Cognitive Hypnotherapy

This is my title and refers to a specific approach to hypnotherapy.  You can click here to see a short video explaining this approach in more detail.

Quest Institute Trained Cognitive Hypnotherapists will use advanced tools and techniques.  These techniques may include NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), EMI (Eye Movement Integration), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) etc.

Because we believe you are an individual we don’t use pre-written scripts.  We use a unique way of writing individual hypnotic suggestion patterns (called WordWeaving).  These patterns help to guide your unconscious mind towards your goals.  They will be used during your sessions and also often recorded for you to listen to at home.

Also, Quest Institute Cognitive Hypnotherapy is backed by recognised research results.  You can see these on my Research Page.

It isn’t all in the name

Please remember that the title that a therapist chooses to use isn’t the most important thing.  Most of all look for someone whose approach you like.  Also, make sure they belong to a reputable governing body such as the NCH or the CNHC.  Therefore, they are properly trained and have full insurance etc.


To summarise.  I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist who has trained and practices in the specific therapeutic approach of Quest Institute Trained Cognitive Hypnotherapy.

If you would like to find out more, book a full session, or book a free initial telephone consultation contact me via my online form.

If you live in another area of the country then click here to find your local Quest Institute Trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist.

Brenda Cox
Clinical Hypnotherapy Colchester Essex
Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Coach and Hypnotherapy Supervisor

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