Clinical Hypnotherapy is typically a therapeutic technique employed to help anyone with anything. It involves a dual course of both counselling and induced hypnosis in a usual session. The counselling aspect of therapy deals with the conscious mind where as the hypnosis aspect deals with the subconscious mind.
There has been a lot of misconceptions about Hypnotherapy as a field due to its expansion in the Performative Arts area. This is a completely separate entity to Clinical Hypnosis as the latter involves a private scenario where a person is free to be themselves and explore the inner psyche. The way I hypnotise someone does not involve a swinging pendulum. How it is done is fundamentally by inverting someone's attention from the external world to the internal workings of one's own mind.
Hypnotherapy had the potential to take off when it was successfully used in an operating theatre. The patient's fate looked terminal when it seemed as if the blood loss during surgery would prove terminal. The surgery was, however, a success. In spite of the positive outcome, Hypnosis did not receive the proper attention it deserved as the modern anaesthetic was invented soon after.
What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is an induced trance. It is exactly like self-meditation except a person is guided by a narrator, if you will, to explore certain things. There are different elements that can be explored in trance. This can range from typical visualisation exercises (seeing oneself in a situation as per directed by the therapist) to Past Life Regression (in which one is taken back into imagined past lives in order to resolve outstanding problems).
The Value of Hypnosis
There are many times in our lives when we fall into certain habits. These habits are consciously noted yet we seem unable to change them. These habits are formed with our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind always has our best interests at heart. Despite this, the subconscious also creates dealing strategies which originally may work yet later on prove to be problematic. The subconscious mind speaks in metaphorical language where as our conscious mind speaks in the written word. What hypnosis does is allow a person to directly communicate to the subconscious mind simply in order to inform it that a habit is no longer required. In alliance with the therapist, communicating directly to the subconscious mind allows us to more affectively resolve problems. The subconscious is, after all, what is responsible for making us feel certain ways when we aren't conscious of why we feel them. Induced trance is utmost affective as the majority of the time we are dealing with problems we didn't even know we had or know where it came from.
What Hypnosis Feels Like
The way Hypnosis is experienced by different people varies. To me personally, it feels like it does when I am sleeping in of a morning. Between the depths of being fully awake and fully asleep you are somewhat aware of your external surroundings. You become extremely relaxed. You can feel certain thoughts swimming in and out of your mind but they seem irrelevant as you get to indulge in whatever images your mind has to offer.
It is a very pleasant feeling if you allow someone to hypnotise you. It doesn't have to be a power struggle. If a person is willing to be hypnotised, anyone can be hypnotised. There are a small fraction of people who remain too closed off to allow themselves the wonderful experience that is hypnosis. Fair enough if it not your cup of tea, but do not consider a person stronger if they are not willing to become relaxed. It is their loss for missing such a wonderful experience.