Let me explain what it is and how hypnotherapy can help you with the various problems you may have in life.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind brought on by an overload of message units, in which you bypass the critical mind, and open the door to your subconcious. We often enter into a hypnotic state at various times during our normal daily life without even realising it, some people are walking around in a semi-hypnotic state and that can sometimes be the cause of their presenting problems. In this hypnotic state, your subconcious mind accepts new ideas and positive suggestions (sometimes even negative suggestions, in the case of entering into it during your natural day to day life without knowing) without the critical thinking and blocking that usually takes place in the critical mind.
Using the power hypnosis, and the highly suggestible state, you can resolve many different issues such as anxiety, boosting confidence, exams, quitting smoking, stress management, weight loss and so much more.
Hypnosis is not a sleep state, hypnosis is also not mind control and is actually a very natural state of the human mind that a hypnotist/hypnotherapist simply knows how to bring about using various techniques, you remain conscious and in control at all times, your subconscious mind will accept suggestions of positive change during hypnotherapy and you are fully able to reject any suggestions you truly do not wish to accept, this works best if you really want to make the change, and for the most part if you are here to seek help with a problem, you want the help and positive suggestions that will be given during hypnosis.
That entirely depends on your situation and needs, we will go over everything in detail during your first session, explain to you more about the conscious, unconscious and critical mind and how hypnosis can bypass your critical mind helping you to make positive changes to your subconscious, and we will discuss your presenting problems, symptoms, and desired outcome. We will go over the various aspects of hypnosis, some suggestability tests and various techniques will be used to obtain the desired hypnotic state. Your sessions are very personal and everyone's will be slightly different even if coming in for similar issues with the outcome of positive change.
Most hypnotists out there including most hypnotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists who utilize hypnotherapy in some way as part of their sessions are often exclusively using the traditional and somewhat limited Ericksonian methods of hypnosis, perhaps they have a few other tools in their belt, but with those traditional methods they are limiting themselves and their effectiveness as only about half of the population can actually be hypnotized using the Ericksonian methods which is why others may fail or tell you Hypnosis will not work for you. Myself (and many other Kappasinian-trained hypnotherapists) on the other hand, have been trained in E & P (emotional and physical suggestability), and the various Kappasinian methods developed by the late Dr. John G. Kappas, this modern approach to hypnotherapy uses multiple techniques that work with all suggestability types, tests are done to find out the suggestibility of each individual client so the hypnotherapist can tailor the session to use the appropriate hypnotic inductions, tools and techniques that will work best for your particular suggestability type, having more techniques in your "toolbox" so to speak, allows the hypnotherapist the ability to obtain that direct access to your subconcious mind, bypassing the critical mind and effecting the positive changes you desire, with real results, even if you have failed to be hypnotized in the past.
One of the keys points to a successful outcome in a hypnotherapy session is the Hypnotherapists skils at preparing the critical thought process BEFORE the use of any hypnotic tools. This concept is one that many Hypnotherapists do not have any training in and very little concept of. Then it becomes important to tailor the session to suit the particular suggestibility of the client using the correct wording and feelings to successfully reach the subconcious and creat the positive changes desired. It is very important to make sure you find a Hypnotherapist that has a true understanding of this process and has received the appropriate training (Such as that offered by HMI an Accredited school) to be able to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Unfortunately however many Hypnotherapists out there have little or no training and an inadequate understanding of the many intricacies of this type of work and because there are currently no uniform standards of training for Hypnotherapists many are using simple inductions that may not get you to the desired depth and reading from prepared scripts that are not custom tailored to suit each individual client or accommodating for the many changes that may occur during the Hypnotherapy sessions.