In a word, yes.

While there’s no easy fix for those who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, there are ways of treating symptoms related to various forms of obsessive-compulsive disorders. One way is hypnotherapy.

Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Before we look into how hypnotherapy can affect OCD, let’s first understand the condition and how it can affect people.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder isn’t the same for every person. Like any mental illness, OCD affects every person in different ways. It may cause the person to show the following behaviors in their everyday life:

  • Obsession

It could be an unwanted thought or idea that would cycle in the minds repeatedly. Sometimes it would be mundane, for example, “I need to switch the light off X times so that it’s switched off properly,” but other times, the thought would be distressing, for example, “If I don’t count the steps I’m taking every time I walk, my loved ones will die.”

  • Anxiety

These distressing, intrusive thoughts would lead to them displaying symptoms related to anxiety and stress. For people who experience OCD, the condition may also cause them to develop severe depression alongside, which may disrupt treatments and prevention therapy.

  • Compulsion

As the disorder progresses, people will feel compelled to act repeatedly, putting aside any harm that may come to them. The urge may be physical, i.e. washing their hands frequently or picking at their skin or hair, or mental, i.e. counting until they can’t, noting all colors or numbers or getting worried if they can’t.

  • Temporary Relief

Acting would bring them temporary comfort and would calm their feelings of anxiety and stress. But remembering what they had done, the obsessive thoughts would bring the fear back again, and the cycle would ensue.

How Hypnotherapy Helps

OCD is often regarded as a complex disorder because the behavior isn’t a habit, but a trigger that’s embedded in our subconscious.

Taking hypnosis in its purest form, the practice promotes positive feelings and deep relaxation, which goes a long way in neutralizing symptoms of anxiety for OCD clients. 

But how hypnotherapy makes a difference is by maneuvering its way through the obsessive-compulsive urges and identify them. By understanding what the root cause is for the person’s OCD, hypnotherapy helps in allowing the person to disengage the obsessive thought in their subconscious mind, weaving through the trouble at hand.

Using Suggestions Therapy, Regression Therapy, Core-transformation Therapy, Inner Wisdom Integration, and other therapeutic techniques and exercises, hypnotherapy—if not wholly solves—then help the client manage their triggers so they can break the vicious cycle of reactions that exacerbates their anxiety.


Get in Touch with Us

Advanced Hypnotherapy of Naples offers anxiety treatment as well as stress treatment in Naples, FL, to many clients who have OCD. If you believe you need our help, then reach out to us.

Call us at (239) 692-9988 to book an appointment. The power is in your hands to change your life for the better!


Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI