Hypnotheapy uses a state of hypnosis to bring about positive change to problems which may have their origin in the mind. “Hypnosis” is an altered state of awareness that we enter and leave naturally, throughout the day. It feels very much like day dreaming, or the state between sleeping and waking. Most of us have experienced becoming engrossed in a film or book, or finding we've driven somewhere on 'automatic pilot'.
Hypnotherapy is a two way process between therapist and client. A person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she agrees and co-operates - and nobody can make a person do anything which they do not want to do. During hypnosis, the rationalising and critical mind is bypassed, reducing resistance to change. However, the emphasis is on the practitioner’s suggestions during hypnosis rather than it being a process that the client is led through as with NLP.
Everyone is different - some go into a deeply relaxed state and remember nothing at all about it afterwards - others may stay in a lighter state - but more often than not they will drift in and out of different levels of relaxed awareness.
Hypnotherapy is a form of problem solving and self discovery when in a very relaxed state of awareness. During hypnosis, the rationalising and critical mind is bypassed, reducing resistance to change. The mind therefore becomes much more receptive to helpful suggestions, resulting in positive change. More recently Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has come to the fore and this too has its roots in Hypnotherapy.