Hypnotherapy is therapy done in hypnosis. Hypnosis is actually a very natural state of mind. Its like the wonderful feeling of yourself, lying on your sofa, and being so comfortable and relaxed. At this time, with the help of a trained therapist, you will be able to focus more attention or visualize yourself becoming healthier, more confident or whatever it is that you want to be.
This does not mean that the entire therapy is done in hypnosis. Half of the time, the therapist will engage in conversation with you to assess your issues and collaborate with you to find a solution and a goal. In hypnosis, the therapist will guide you to make those solutions and goals work for you by ultilising the power of your own mind.
During a hypnotherapy session, your therapist does not hypnotise you; rather they serve as a coach to guide you in that state because hypnosis is a natural occuring state. How many times have you driven your car to work, only to realise that suddenly you reached your destination without being consciously aware of the journey or which turns you made? Have you ever watched a move and enjoyed yourself so much so that you forgotten that you are in a cinema with 30 other people? Hypnosis feels something like that.
Hypnotherapy is actually a two way process. It is a professional relationship between the therapist and the client. Both parties have to co-operate with each other before one can be put it the hypnotic state. Remember, while in hypnosis, no one can make you do things that you do not want to do. Hypnosis for the helping profession and stage hypnosis are two separate fields.