All hypnosis is self hypnosis. This is because hypnosis is a normal, natural occurring phenomena. Examples such as driving a car, ironing, gazing into a burning log fire, watching waves rise and fall, create an altered state of awareness.
Hypnotherapy is not regulated, however, clinical practitioners have under taken licenced training and completed a minimum of 500 hours prior to clinical status. Clinical practitioners are members of recognised organisations and are required to maintain standards set out by their organisation, abide by the laws and codes of ethics and undergo continuous supervision.
There are many different styles and techniques used by the hypnotherapist, also known as the operator or facilitator, whose role is to help the client into an altered state whereby specific suggestions tailored to their needs are given.
Hypnotherapy leaves the client feeling calm and relaxed. Often clients report they do not feel they have experienced hypnosis. This is because of their altered state.
Hypnotherapy is not for everyone. The group of people who are not able to understand or follow simple instructions. For treatment to be successful, a person must want :
change to occur
want it to happen
trust the facilitator
attend of their own volition