In hypnosis a person is fully aware, awake and alert, yet they are extremely alert.
In hypnosis a persons mind becomes much more open to positive suggestion, however they are in control of what they accept or reject.
A person cannot be made to or say anything they do not wish to during a clinical hypnosis session. It differs from stage hypnosis, as the effects of stage hypnosis are designed to be short lived, whereas in clinical hypnosis the effects are designed to be long term.
Hypnosis has been used as a therapy for over 100 years, with no side-effects or harm.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring phenomenon that people slip into naturally many times a day. It happens when someone concentrates on a task, and forgets about the world around them. E.g. when a person gets lost in a book or daydreams when driving.
During a hypnosis session, some people allow their mind to drift, therefore might not remember everything that was said to them. However if someone wishes to remember everything they will.
Most people report hypnosis to be very pleasant experience with long lasting results.