Hypnotherapy has been practiced for centuries and can be used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions. Using hypnotherapy for depression is just one example of how it can help people by putting them into a trance like state, in which they become more susceptible to positive suggestions. If this sounds intriguing, your first step is to talk to a therapist to make sure it’s something you want to do; an initial meeting is also a good opportunity to ask any questions. A typical hypnotherapy session lasts about an hour and during that time, you are still conscious and aware of what’s happening, although extremely relaxed. Hypnotherapy is sometimes covered by your health insurance, and if you have Medicare, it should be covered as long as it can be demonstrated the technique is needed. Hypnotherapy has no real side effects and is considered extremely safe.