Is Online Hypnosis Dangerous?

Written By

Helen Kaminski, MSc


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This article will examine the potential risks and benefits of online hypnosis.

Hypnosis has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people using online hypnosis services and recordings. However, some have raised concerns about whether online hypnosis can be dangerous.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility. A hypnotized person experiences increased relaxation, focused attention, and openness to the hypnotist’s suggestions.

Hypnosis is usually done with a hypnotherapist guiding the person into a trance state. Both the hypnotist and hypnotherapist can guide the person into this state.

However, self-hypnosis recordings and online hypnosis services have also become popular.

Potential Benefits of Online Hypnosis

Online hypnosis can provide many of the same benefits as in-person hypnosis, including:

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Building positive habits like healthy eating and exercise
  • Boosting motivation and productivity
  • Overcoming fears and phobias

Additionally, online hypnosis offers advantages like:


  • Access hypnosis anytime from anywhere
  • Avoid commuting to hypnotherapist’s office


  • Online hypnosis costs less than in-person sessions
  • Self-hypnosis recordings can be very inexpensive


  • Some may feel more comfortable with anonymous online hypnosis
  • Avoid the embarrassment of discussing issues with a hypnotherapist
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Potential Risks of Online Hypnosis

However, there are also potential risks with online hypnosis that should be considered:

Lack of screening

  • In-person hypnotherapists screen clients for risks like mental illness
  • Online services cannot screen as thoroughly

Chance of incorrect techniques

  • Self-hypnosis recordings may teach poor techniques
  • Online hypnotherapists may not use best practices

No guidance/supervision

  • No expert present to guide hypnosis and watch for problems
  • Higher risk of adverse reactions

Limitations for complex issues

  • In-person sessions are better for deep-seated issues like trauma
  • Online suited for simpler goals like confidence or focus

Possibility of false claims

  • Some online hypnotherapists may make unrealistic promises
  • Recordings could overstate potential benefits

Financial exploitation

  • Be wary of excessive costs for online hypnosis
  • Some may take advantage of demand to overcharge

Protecting Yourself with Online Hypnosis

You can take steps to minimize risks with online hypnosis:

  • Vet online hypnotherapists thoroughly
  • Start with reputable companies and certified providers
  • Avoid grandiose claims of “miracle cures”
  • Use self-hypnosis cautiously at first
  • Adapt scripts to your needs and reactions
  • Do not use hypnosis for serious mental health concerns – seek in-person treatment
  • Be alert to any worrisome physical or mental changes


Online hypnosis can be an accessible way to experience the benefits of hypnosis. However, it does come with increased risks compared to in-person hypnosis.

  • Educating yourself, using trusted sources, proceeding cautiously, and avoiding complex mental health issues with hypnosis can help keep you safe.

Overall, online hypnosis may be a worthwhile tool for simple goals, but risks should be weighed against alternatives like therapy.

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About the author

Helen Kaminski, MSc

Helen Kaminski, MSc

Mindful living for a happier, healthier you. I’m a writer and mental health advocate in Warsaw, Poland, with five years working as a therapist. I hold a psychology degree from the University of Warsaw. I specialize in writing about mental health, using my experiences and academic background to educate and inspire others. In my free time, I volunteer at a Disability Learning Center and go for nature walks. My writing aims to break down mental health stigma and help others feel understood. Social

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