Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
Unlike counselling, psychotherapy or psychology which may involve looking at several issues in a conscious way, hypnotherapy often focuses on a singular issue and works with the unconscious. However, this doesn't mean you risk losing control or that you can be manipulated to do or think things you don't want to. At all times when being hypnotised the client should remain in control and although very relaxed, should be able to talk or get up and leave the room if they want to.