Hypno-psychotherapy is the branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis. It rests on an extensive body of work and publications over the last three hundred years, leading to that of Milton, Erickson and those influenced by him. It understands that we have a learned model of the world which can restrict the way we feel, what we understand, our attitudes and behaviour.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation which people enter voluntarily, during which there occurs an altered state of conscious awareness. The therapist can intervene to draw the individual's attention to new possibilities, to alternative patterns of thought, emotions and behaviour. The methods and strategies used in therapy are designed to make use of the resources and capabilities that reside within all people, and do not require the individual to fit into a standardised pattern. Hypnotherapy may be invaluable for anyone seeking to resolve specific problems, or for personal development.