Hypnosis is a state of mind defined with “Alpha state” – or even Theta state if the person goes into the deeper levels of relaxation - through which every single human being passes at various times during the day and at night before sleep. It is characterized by heightened mental and emotional relaxation and responses. It is a state where the doors to the subconscious mind (other than the conscious mind) open as the body relaxes and bypasses the conscious critical faculty allow the suggestions to do its work and make the desired changes. Hypnotherapy is how hypnosis is employed and used in therapeutic context to empower positive changes.
Most therapies work on the conscious level of an individual as they might be encountered and hence rejected by the belief and expectation system which is shaped since formation age (childhood) and this system are strong enough to resist any therapy if it challenges their early programming. However, hypnotherapy by passes the critical factor of the conscious mind called the Conscious Critical Faculty (CCF) and goes directly to the subconscious mind where all programs, emotions, and memories are stored. The hypnotherapist should be competent and confident enough to work with the subconscious mind and feed positive suggestions to make changes. The fact that the vast majority of our mind is operating on an unconscious ‘auto-pilot’ level so that even if we consciously want to make some changes, that’s very difficult to do if the subconscious programming is set to repeat the ‘same old’ behaviour. So hypnotherapy addresses the subconscious directly, these changes can happen very easily, like downloading new software in a computer, which makes hypnotherapy much faster and effective than many other forms of ‘talk based’ therapy and counselling. And of course, it’s non-invasive and doesn’t involve medication.