For example, right now you may be consciously aware of reading these words, the feeling of the chair that you're sitting on, and basically anything else that your conscious attention is drawn towards.
When you first learn to drive, you are very conscious of the fact that you have to accelerate, brake, and turn the steering wheel, etc. After a while your subconscious mind recognizes that this is a repetitive behaviour.
The subconscious mind takes over the job of a repetitive behaviour so that your conscious mind is free to think of where you are going, what you are going to do when you get there, and all kinds of other things. Subconscious behaviours, such as driving, and many others, are all stored and maintained in your subconscious mind. A simpler word for a subconscious behaviour is a "habit," and, of course, the place where habits are kept is in the subconscious mind. Many people try to change habits using conscious willpower. Willpower alone often proves to be not only ineffective, but extremely hard work.
Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy is a method of communicating directly with the subconscious mind, where the habits are kept, and changing them in an easy and relaxed way, which is a far more healthy and positive approach than trying to force change to occur.
Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Those who have an understanding of Hypnosis know that imagination is more powerful than will power. Imagination is of the subconscious mind; will power is of the conscious mind.
Whether by oneself, using self-hypnosis, or working with a trained professional the object of Hypnosis is to achieve an altered state of consciousness. This is usually achieved by closing your eyes, relaxing the conscious mind, and then using the power of your imagination to communicate the change that you wish to occur to your subconscious mind. Once the Hypnotherapist has guided you into the state of Hypnosis, then it's easy for you to influence your subconscious mind. You will be able to change life-long habits such as smoking, overeating, irrational fears, phobic responses, etc., with a minimum of fuss. It's all done, not through struggling and forcing things, but through relaxing and enabling the more powerful, subconscious mind to assist you in whatever it is that you want to achieve.
Think of your own subconscious mind as a miraculous computer that pretty much does everything for you. All that Hypnosis does is enable you to re-program the computer so that it is working for you rather than against you. We are all creatures of habit, and habits, for better or for worse, control most of our lives. If you can get control of your habits, then you have control of your life. Hypnosis is a method of communicating directly with the subconscious mind where habits are kept and taking control of your life.
Hypnosis is not a method of mind control. No one can control your mind except you.
I generally see people over a period of four sessions. I like to allow more time for the first session, approximately one and half hours, the following are usually about an hour. Plenty of time for chatting.
Results may vary from person to person