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Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based therapy founded by Trevor Silvester. The aim is to inform people about the application of a modern use of the mental states we generally call ‘trance’ how straightforward it is and what it can achieve.

If you think of the times you daydream, lose yourself in your thoughts while travelling, miss whole conversations or TV programmes by being distracted, you might begin to see why science suggests that we’re in these kinds of states about 90% of the day.

The Cognitive Hypnotherapy approach is significantly different from the traditional schools of Hypnotherapy. It draws on recent discoveries and ideas from Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology, Cognitive theory and NLP and incorporates them into a modern idea of hypnosis to provide a framework for therapy. It does not advocate one single approach as the answer to all of life’s problems.

Having been taught by Trevor himself, I am qualified in the use a range of techniques drawn from different disciplines that have been found to be the most effective tools for change so far. These are moulded into an approach tailored for the specific needs of each client.

An Evidence-Based Approach

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) launched a unique research project in 2011. Using a team of QCH therapists, clients with anxiety and depression were assessed using the same outcome measures currently used to assess the effectiveness of talking therapies within the NHS.


The pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015. It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions.


This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT). To our knowledge, this is the only hypnotherapy approach to have been validated in this way. For further information concerning the research project and pilot study released in the Mental Health Review Journal please visit the evidence-based therapy research page.

Watch this video to find out some more.

What is Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
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