What is hypnosis?
In simple terms, hypnosis is a special state of altered awareness,
achieved usually with the aid of a hypnotherapist, although of course
it can be self-induced, using self-hypnosis techniques.
It is not a magical force or power as was once thought, although
when used to channel untapped resources of the subconscious mind,
the positive changes that can be achieved can be so remarkable that
it can seem almost magical.
Hypnosis in fact is a skill that can be learnt, just the same as
learning to ride a bicycle, and like any other skill, it improves
with practice. Modern hypnotherapy has little in common with the
popular presentation of stage hypnosis. The serious therapist has
respect and care for the client.
Hypnotherapy does not impose behaviour with which the client would
not normally agree, but it does support and reinforce changes which
are desirable to the individual.