Clinical Hypnotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis (usually just known as hypnotherapy or hypnosis) are the same thing. They are very different from “Stage Hypnosis,” which you are likely to see on TV, to entertain the audience.
Hypnotherapy is a natural relaxed state of the mind, called a trance. You may have experienced this when driving a car, when you are suddenly surprised to find that you have gone so far, without remembering the parts of the road you have just driven on to get where you are. Alternatively, you may have had the experience of watching the television, or reading a book, and blanked out everything else around you. This is also trance.
The person always stays in control during trance, and can’t do anything they don’t want to do.
Through trance, the Hypnotherapist quietens the usually chatty conscious mind, which can then have a little rest, while the therapist can talk to the subconscious or unconscious mind in a particular way, to make the changes that the client wants. The subconscious mind is instructed to side with the client, to achieve whatever the client wants. With the subconscious mind on side, anything is possible!
To demonstrate this process, have you ever gone shopping and promised yourself (your conscious mind) that you are not going to buy any junk food, or have been to a party, and promised yourself that you are not going to have any cigarettes? And then when you get there, before thinking about it, your subconscious mind has reached out and grabbed that chocolate in the supermarket, or grabbed a cigarette from a friend?
Through taming the subconscious mind, by the therapist teaching it to do what you want it to do, it becomes congruent with the conscious mind. With both minds on the same path, success is inevitable!