The better your understanding around what hypnotherapy is, the better the results will be for you.
Many people are under the misconception that hypnotherapy is akin to stage hypnosis. This belief can be very unhelpful when in the therapeutic setting, because it lead to the false opinion that hypnotherapy is mind control. It most definitely is not! You can't be made to do something you don't want to do.
In fact a desire for change, being engaged in the process and accepting the suggestions willingly because you're motivated, have focus and expectation, are the best ingredients for success. It is said that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, effectively.
Hypnosis harnesses your natural psychological and physiological states. Everyone, in principal, can be hypnotised.
We are in hypnosis when we are bored, snoozing, watching movies, playing computer games, daydreaming and when we wake up or go to sleep.
In therapy it is a collaborative process of allowing the hypnotherapist to guide you to use your imagination, emotions and inner knowledge at a deep level, to illicit behavioural reversals and transformations.
Although you don't have to be in a fully relaxed state to go into hypnosis, it can aid relaxation and a positive mindset.
The hypnotic state is not a trance or sleep state, but an increased ability to accept and respond to positive suggestions and affirmations.
Around 90% of people report being aware of the whole session. You are not unconscious when in hypnosis. It is a safe to be in hypnosis, you won't get stuck there.
When the term 'hypnotic suggestion' is used, it basically means absorbing helpful and supportive ideas at a deep enough level, so that emotions and behaviour are positively impacted.
Hypnotherapy usually requires more than one session and most often requires 4-6 depending on the issue and the individual.
Common issues that benefit from hypnotherapy are:
Anxiety and Stress related problems
However great success can be achieved in many other areas, for example, personal development and performance.
I have found that hypnotherapy success is greatly elevate when used as an adjunct with other complementary practices.