Traditional hypnosis comes to mind when contemplating hypnotherapy. This involves the hypnotherapist giving direct commands to a client who is in a trance, or an extremely relaxed state of consciousness. These commands are said in a powerful manner.
Ericksonian hypnosis involves indirect suggestion, as opposed to the classic direct approach. The Ericksonian hypnosis process can either use the straight-forward trance state or create a light trance state using story telling.
When using the Ericksonian hypnosis process and story telling, a general theme is covered over and over in order for the subconscious mind to pick up the subtle message given.
Ericksonian hypnosis is in wide use today. There are many different methods and approaches to this form of hypnosis. They can range from therapy where a trance state is induced and then indirect suggestions are made, to the more subtle approach of a talk-therapy program.
Ericksonian hypnosis seems to work for many people whom traditional hypnotherapy has been unable to help.