Research Showing Online Hypnotherapy Works

Research on Hypnosis Online Tele-therapy Using Skype, FaceTime or Zoom

Any hypnotherapist you talk to will tell you that in their experiences


There is no difference between being in the room with a therapist and working with them online as long as you can see and hear each other!

Research on hypnotherapy through Skype, Zoom, Facetime or other tele-therapy methods is unfortunately scarce because it is such a new concept. There was not a lot of need for it up until the coronavirus scare.

However IBS patients have difficulty leaving their homes sometimes because of their symptoms. So there have been a couple of ground-breaking studies of using online hypnotherapy.  Research into other kinds of tele-therapy offer us additional insights showing that online therapy in general works well.  

Pain Management Using Hypnosis Over Skype

A 22-year old woman presented with a 4-year medical history of IC without resolution despite multiple treatments by neurologists. Six sessions with Short-Term Sidman Hypnotherapy (STSH) conducted by Skype has resulted in her resolving most pain and discomfort issues and to resume her normal life.”
Sidman, J. (2015) Case Study: Interstitial Cystitis Patient (CC) Treated with STSH over Skype.

Teletherapy-Hypnosis May Help Ease IBS Symptoms

The results of this study found that by the study’s conclusion, significantly fewer participants reported having severe IBS symptoms. Hypnosis was also associated with statistically significant reductions in both noncolonic symptom severity and anxiety, and significant improvement in quality of life.” “… no statistically significant difference between the Skype and in-person groups with regard to improvement”

Hasan, S. S., Pearson, J. S., & Whorwell, P. J. (2019). SKYPE HYPNOTHERAPY FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: Effectiveness and Comparison with Face-to-Face Treatment. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized

“Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)

Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using
hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion.
– Johnson DL
Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

A review of studies that compared the effectiveness of internet-based therapy in general found…

A comparison between face-to-face and Internet intervention as reported on in 14 of the studies revealed no differences in effectiveness.and the findings “provide strong support for the adoption of online psychological interventions as a legitimate therapeutic activity

A. Barak, L.Han, M. Boniel-Nissem and N. Shapiria (July, 2008) A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Internet-based Psychotherapeutic Interventions.  Journal of Technology in Human Services 

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

“Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.”

– Journal of the
American Medical Association
July 24/31, 1996 – Volume 276.#4

Showed Hypnosis As An Effective Way To Lose Weight

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.

-Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)


Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches

… An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the ” … weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches.

University of Connecticut
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519)