How Often Should You Do Hypnotherapy For It To Work?


You may have heard about using the power of your mind to do things like manifestation through visualization and meditation. 

Those practices are wonderful but if your self-image is poor your manifestation efforts will fail. So before you try to change your outer world you first work on your inner-self.

How do you do it? I would highly recommend that you utilize hypnosis because it’s one of the most powerful tools you can use for personal achievements.

But how often do you have to do it? 

As a general rule, a hypnotherapist will see a client 3 times for any one particular issue. 

The first session will establish a baseline, maybe learn a self-hypnosis technique, and you should go home that day with a recording of the session to listen to at least once a day. 

The second session will get into more details and work more directly with the issue at hand. Often the problem is resolved here. Again you will be sent home with a recording to listen to for another few weeks.   

The third session usually puts the finishing touches on resolving the issue you came to see them for. 

After that, you and your therapist will go over any other situations that you want to improve.  Typically follow-up sessions are once every few months until you no longer need to return. 

But what about self-hypnosis; how long does it take to work on yourself?

I don’t intend to be ambiguous, but the truth is it depends.

Some people hypnotize themselves every day to keep their mind active by giving it deep rest.

This is a long-term lifestyle practice, very much like mindfulness meditation. And some people (myself included) incorporate meditation into this practice.

While others do it once or twice a week, some practice 2 or 3 times a day. This is where you would use either hypnosis recordings, affirmations, or even full-blown visualizations.

We’ll touch on this more towards the end when we talk about using self-hypnosis to help with affirmations.

Studies have shown the most effective amount of time is a half-hour of self-hypnosis once a day for 1 to 3 months, depending on the individual.

One study found that with weekly sessions, hypnosis was comparable with weekly psychotherapy (1.5 hours). Still, both led to significant reductions in anxiety and depression scores.

The study also found that raising self-awareness about negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is a practical approach to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression without using medication.

Further study concluded that individuals who received self-hypnosis training once a week for 3 months significantly reduced their stress levels and improved the ability to cope with their problems.

In addition, they found that self-hypnosis boosted the immune system by increasing the number of T-lymphocytes.

What do these studies tell us about using self-hypnosis?

On average, self-hypnosis takes about 30-40 minutes of daily practice for about 3 months for people to experience noticeable changes. 

The most important thing to remember when practicing self-hypnosis is that results will appear if you remain consistent.

Staying motivated for 90 days is one of the biggest challenges you’ll be facing.  

The other challenge is having confidence in yourself that you can improve by yourself. 

However, your subconscious mind will always follow what you believe. This is why you want to stay consistent. In the end, you’ll see how self-hypnosis improves your outcome.

Using Self-hypnosis with a 90-day routine

Healthline reports it can take 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior pattern to become automatic.

90 days is 34% or a third of 254 days, but 136% of 66 days

For self-hypnotic work, 90-days is in that sweet spot of effectiveness.

Because it gives you enough room to work on deeply seeded issues and allows your subconscious to reform those beliefs into something better.

This method is also excellent for you if you’re busy working and handling all the responsibilities that come with your busy lives.

Because maybe you don’t have a half-hour some days. Heck, some days, you don’t have 15 minutes.

But what about 10 minutes? I know you have ten minutes?

In Ten Minutes, you can dive into your subconscious mind with self-hypnosis.

Zero to Two minutes You take a few deep breaths and use your self-hypnotic technique to go into your trance. And then you repeat the process to go even deeper. 
Two to Seven-minuteUse this time window to install your affirmations. You’re already in a hypnagogic state so just inwardly recite your mental program (affirmation statement or phrase) repeatedly. If you can feel what you’re saying while you’re thinking it all the better. 
Seven to Ten minuteFor the last 3 minutes, you’re going to visualize something nice for yourself. Don’t hold back, and don’t be timid. You want to have some fun so that you end on a positive note. And long as your mind visual is not causing harm to another, go for whatever the (bleep) you want! You can even be a little “risky” at this point.

Because the truth is we as humans rarely go the extra mile to completion without some kind of self-motivation.

So this is how you stay motivated for three months of mental exercises. You make it into an enjoyable fantasy, and you did in ten minutes.

Do you think you can squeeze in another ten minutes later on the same day?
Of course, you can, and now you’re on your way to reality shifts.

Afterward, when you have had time to reflect on what happened to you over the last 90 days, the value of this method will be clear as glass.

 Using Self-hypnosis to make affirmations work

The problem with affirmations is people give up on them way too early. The second problem is they set up the affirmation in a way that’s counterproductive to what they are trying to do.  

Lastly, they don’t make efficient use of them. 

However, using the 90-day method, we can sidestep all those issues and get what we want, the proper outcomes.

First off, in hypnosis, you don’t have to concern yourself with me’s and or You’s. Instead of saying to yourself, “I am Wealthy” or “You are wealthy, just think, “Wealth.” 

That’s right, all you have to do is recite over and over again, and while you do, put yourself into the feeling and pretend it’s true.    

This also keeps you from making counterproductive affirmations because there’s I for your ego-personality to debate with.

Because if you recite inside I am wealthy and you’re broke with debt mounting that affirmation may be working against you. 

But if you permeate your mental space with “Wealth” like a perfume, then all your mind will focus on with no conflict. Because there’s nothing to be in conflict with.

The uses you can think of with this are endless.

“Win lawsuit”

“Win divorce”

“Get a better job.”

“Money out of nowhere”

“New Lover in my life”

“Better automobile” 

Are you picking up what I’m putting down here?  

It’s like your very own wishing machine. And since you will already be in a trance state, you and your subconscious will be face to face, so to speak.

This works if you use it consistently. 

One more thing, if you want to give this a try, you’re going to need to learn how to do hypnosis on yourself. 

The best place I know to start with a free but high-quality course that shows you all about hypnosis and self-hypnosis. You can take a look at it here.

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