Many people are hesitant to be hypnotized because they fear losing control. Actually, the opposite is true: hypnosis gives you more control! The process accesses your own personal power. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis! The therapist simply guides you to your power, facilitating the process.
The process of hypnosis is not about being commanded, rather a new lifestyle is being suggested to you. With your free will, you can take the suggestion, or not. No one ever does anything in the hypnotic state that they don't really want to do.
Through hypnosis, you are able to access your subconscious power and align it with your conscious wishes. You can change unhealthy habits, discover your true self or your life purpose, find physical pain relief, personal empowerment, overcome traumas, fears and phobias, and "reprogram" your mind to break through fear into achievement, opening yourself to possibilities, attract more of what you want, and disallow what you do not want in your life.
Today hypnosis is practiced as a person centered psychotherapy which employs guided visualization and suggestion to achieve an altered state of consciousness called trance. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind, it is a consent state which the person allows themselves to enter and is characterized by an increase in focused attention and concentration.