Not every client who visits a hypnotherapist will actually need hypnosis! A competent hypnotherapist should have a wide variety of techniques for enabling clients to make real changes in their lives. Hypnosis even on its own is useful for calming the mind and body, reducing excessive muscle tension and clearing the mind from unwanted thoughts. But most often I use hypnosis as a tool to help my clients to concentrate on other techniques for self-change. These other techniques are also tools. It’s not enough to have a set of tools- you need experience in picking the right tool and using it correctly. You also need to know as much as possible about what you’re working on- the human mind, the brain in which it lives, and the life in which it functions.