Occasional Research Paper on Hypnotherapy published by PACFA

PACFA has published a new Occasional Research Paper on the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy. The literature review was written by Eileen Davis from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Thank you to the author for making this piece of research available to PACFA for publication. PACFA hopes this will be a useful resource for practitioners and others with an interest in the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy.

Download the Literature Review Hypnotherapy by Eileen Davis.


The goal of this literature review is to provide a contemporary review of research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. Ten studies have been reviewed on the application of hypnotherapy to two common conditions: chronic pain and anxiety. The review found that the studies provided evidence for the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as a treatment to assist in the reduction of pain and anxiety. A stronger evidence base for hypnotherapy has developed over the past decade, and the review provides some key recommendations for future research in this area.

Research Forum

PACFA is putting on a FREE Research Forum to explore Eileen Davis’s Literature Review on Hypnotherapy.

The author and other panellists will present on the research evidence for the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy. There will be an overview of the research evidence in the literature review, opportunities for interactive discussions with Panel members and a question and answer session.

Date: The Forum takes place in Sydney on Friday15 April 2016 from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Venue: Lecture Theatre Level 5, ACAP, 11 York Street, Sydney 2000.
Bookings: To book a place, please go to the booking page on the Counselling and Psychotherapy Portal

The event is free for all participants and refreshments will be provided.

The event counts for 3 points for PACFA Continuing Professional Development (CPD)