Hypnosis can be a useful tool to help you to access energy from the unconscious, which can then be used to support you in any changes you are making in your life. There is a popular misconception that hypnosis can override your conscious mind, persuading you to do things that you don’t want to do. In a therapeutic context this is far from the case. Used carefully, hypnosis enables your hard-working conscious mind to rest while the unconscious communicates new information with it. In this way new energy and new possibilities are brought into conscious awareness so that the conscious mind can benefit from new insights. This may be part of the process of ongoing psychotherapy, or it may be used to address specific issues such as weight loss, smoking, anxiety or phobias. While hypnosis is not a “magic cure”, it can be a great support in situations where change is desired but difficult to achieve.