Clinical hypnosis is used to treat a wide array of physical and psychological conditions. It involves a very relaxed state during which the client's conscious and subconscious minds are focused and receptive to the therapist's suggestions. It is a very safe and effective procedure when used professionally. Hypnosis has been shown to be beneficial in addressing issues such as: smoking, food and weight, phobias, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, self-esteem, and daily stressors. It is typically very pleasant and quite relaxing. Hypnosis is usually used in conjunction with other forms of therapy. The therapist considers an individual's complete history in order to determine if hypnosis is an appropriate treatment choice.