Hypnotherapy, when carried out by a professionally trained hypnotherapist, can provide long lasting benefits which are often permanent.
Hypnotherapy is not a passive experience... it is not something that the therapist does to the client... it is a partnership whereby the therapist guides the client to focus on his/her internal feelings and thoughts and therefore allows access to the huge store of resources held within their unconscious.
And so, it is generally helpful and beneficial if the client is personally motivated to change (rather than relying solely on the therapist's efforts).
The unconscious mind acts in such a way that it attempts to protect and preserve the individual and hence many habits, fears and phobias often develop over time as a form of exaggerated self-preservation.
With the client in a relaxed state, the hypnotherapist frequently enlists the power of the client's own imagination, and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client), to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change.
Hypnotherapy is frequently described as generally a very pleasant experience whereby the client is physically and mentally relaxed.