What is it, and will it help you with your problem, issue or goal?
Hypnosis is both a noun, it is a state of deep relaxation, and a verb, it is the act of hypnotizing one into a deeply relaxed state. When you are in a deep relaxation, the conscious mind lets go of control so the subconscious mind can expose information about you to yourself. The subconscious mind can be influenced, changed and healed around a situation.
What hypnosis does best is support you and help you heal. It connects you with your inner self, increasing the depth of self-knowledge, understanding and self-acceptance. It is helpful for changing behaviors you want to end or begin.
Hypnosis verses hypnotherapy.
After relaxation, hypnosis suggests as true to your subconscious what you want to be true but that isn’t. Hypnosis may include guided imagery to experience it as already true. Hypnotherapy is interactive. Therapy occurs while you are in a hypnotic state. This work is inquisitive and searching, and helps you make connections about why you are the way you are, or why you feel the way you feel, in some area of life.
Age regressions are often part of hypnotherapy.
The subconscious mind can take you back through the history of a situation in a helpful way –associating and remembering behavior, feelings, beliefs and intentions more completely than the conscious mind-allowing you to see and understand more clearly what happened, what conclusions were drawn and decisions made about how life is for you. Such hidden decisions, when originally made, become unconscious guideposts for living.
Then, in hypnotherapy, if you uncover decisions or conclusions that aren’t what you want them to be, you can change them to be healthy and desirable and supportive of your highest and best intentions.
Inner child work, where you imagine yourself at an early age, as an innocent child, can be done in hypnotherapy. It is often easier to see yourself as lovable and to be forgiving and charitable to yourself through such a hypnotic experience. You can make lasting change in how you feel toward yourself and how much you support yourself in life.
Like hypnosis, hypnotherapy can and often does include making the suggestions you want the subconscious mind to experience as true.
As to whether this kind of work will help you in your situation, the answer is that it depends on you. Do you want to do the inner work to get what you really want in life? If so, the answer is likely a yes.