Treating postpartum depression with hypnosis: addressing specific symptoms presented by the client

Am J Clin Hypn. 2007 Jan;49(3):219-23. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2007.10401584.


Postpartum depression is experienced by 10-15% of women who give birth (Bloch, Rolenberg, Koren, & Klein, 2006). This disorder causes maternal distress and has been significantly associated with infant and child developmental problems (Carter, Garrity-Rokous, Chazan-Cohen, Little, & Briggs-Gowan, 2001). Once believed to be contraindicated (Crasilneck & Hall, 1985), hypnosis for depressive disorders has been advocated as an effective intervention strategy (Yapko, 2001). Addressing specific symptoms and skill development has been promoted as an effectual hypnotic strategy for depression (Yapko, 2001); however, little empirical evidence of the efficacy of hypnotherapy for postpartum depression or effective hypnotic strategies exists. The present article is a report of a single case in which hypnotherapy was successfully utilized in the treatment of Postpartum Depression by attending to the specific problems presented by the client and developing client skills to resolve existing problems and prevent their recurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis
  • Depression, Postpartum / psychology
  • Depression, Postpartum / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome