How does hypnotherapy help?
In hypnotherapy, the state of trance is used to access the subconscious part of the mind, because our automatic actions and our fears are under the control of our subconscious mind. This is why it is very hard for some people to stop smoking or to change any other habits. They may know logically what they have to do, but if their subconscious mind is having none of it, change cannot happen.
To change a habit, or to get rid of an irrational fear, the conscious and the subconscious minds have to be in agreement. That is what hypnotherapy does; it gets both parts of the mind to agree.
Hypnotherapy, through the trance state, accesses the subconscious mind and it updates the information it holds so that it can work according to the wishes of the person. Hypnotherapy is completely different from stage hypnosis.
During hypnotherapy sessions the clients are always conscious and in control, able to come out of the trance at any time if they choose to do so.