Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique to produce an altered state of consciousness (hypnosis) in a person by inducing deep relaxation. While the person in this state, the therapist makes suggestions for behavioural changes during hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy, mostly used along with cognitive behaviour therapy and medication.
Submission to hypnotherapy is a voluntary act. The client is always in control of their actions and can withdraw when they want to. The hypnotherapist cannot make a client do anything they are unwilling to. Hypnotherapy is performed by certified mental health professionals who are specially trained in this form of therapy.