Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis by a person trained in hypnotherapy. The goal of hypnotherapy is to help an individual make positive change, and to achieve goals and objectives in their life. Hypnotherapy involves avocational and vocational counseling, except as otherwise administered based on a referral from a psychologist, dentist, or medical doctor.

The use of hypnosis allows the hypnotherapist to bypass the critical area of mind, which is a filter between the conscious mind and subconscious mind, to provide direct access to the subconscious mind.

All learned behaviors and habits whether positive or negative, desirable or undesirable, are stored in the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy accelerates the process of desired change. This is because a hypnotherapist works directly within the subconscious mind. Undesirable patterns of behavior can be modified or replaced relatively easily with behaviors that are more desirable.