Hypnotherapy would be better described as Hypno-Therapy, it is the use of hypnosis as a medium to introduce therapeutic interventions. In some sense, it is the combination of hypnotism and psychotherapy. These types of therapy are known as talk therapies. However, with respect to the hypnosis part, the client enters a state of awareness referred to as a trance. There are various levels of trances and they occur both naturally and to varying levels every day of our life. It's also nice to know that they are usually very safe; usually being the operative word! The most common one we experience is that of daydreaming, aka as absent-mindedness. And this is why I said "that they are usually very safe" because daydreaming can pose risks to one's safety!
These natural and varying trance states happen involuntarily, i.e. we just go into and out of them, often without even noticing. Hypnosis-therapy, on the other hand, is different. In the clinical setting, hypnosis occurs when a client voluntarily enters a natural and deeper state of trance. The therapeutically induced states of trance are akin to that of nighttime sleep. The purpose of sleep states (as in nighttime sleep) is to facilitate the brain's natural process of creating, maintaining (consolidation) and updating memories (reconsolidation). Hypnosis produces this natural process to make structured psychological changes. So, naturally, the changes the client wishes to make occur while they are in this familiar state of neural activity. This is known as the therapeutic intervention. To find out more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, please click here!
For the most part, there are two essential components necessary for hypnotic-therapy (hypnotherapy) to be effective, they are, expectation and belief. Most often this expectation and belief come from the client themselves. Sometimes, however, preconceived ideas, anxieties or scepticism can interfere with the induction process. If this does happen, my skill, training and professionalism will assist you to overcome these hurdles. There will be no attempt to coerce you in any way, merely an open discussion where all of your concerns, etc. will be addressed. Hypnotherapy, as a process, is highly effective, progressive and each successive session builds on the last; a little like life really; "practice, makes perfect."