Hypnosis can be thought of as an altered state of consciousness in which interesting and useful abilities can be transferred into specific times and places, allowing us to erase old habits, build replacement habits that are just as automatic and, more importantly create generative change.
A good analogy is the clipboard in the windows program: we can copy playfulness from a childhood memory and add it to our way of enjoying our work, for example.
Hypnotherapy is the art of using the opportunities provided by hypnosis to accomplish the wonderful benefits promised in the definition of hypnosis. And, real artistry is involved in presenting to the unconscious mind ideas and suggestions that prompt it to shift the resources, reorganize the beliefs and the patterns of behavior that produce the new, more productive habits and accelerated abilities that are so easily and quickly available through hypnosis.
Assisting another person to go into a hypnotic trance is an easy matter for the most part, and for many simple issues self hypnosis can be perfectly effective in producing desired changes in habits and attitudes. It is most desirable, however, to get the assistance of a highly trained hypnotherapist for issues that are highly emotionally charged, or which are fairly complex.
For example, fears and phobias, procrastination, emotional traumas, depression, compulsive behaviors, smoking cessation, and weight control are complex enough that they are most easily and quickly resolved with skilled assistance.
The assistance of a skilled hypnotherapist can be also be invaluable if your goals are to build improved relationships, improve sales and interpersonal communications skills, or develop a totally generative positive outlook on life.