As a compliment to talk therapy, I provide Hypnotherapy for clients recovering from chronic pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit control, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and many other traumas and chronic medical conditions.
The experience of Hypnosis is a highly focused state of attention in which one is able to access a wealth of unconscious resources for self-growth and change. The trance state is actually a natural phenomenon, sometimes occurring spontaneously. An example of that is when you have the experience of finding yourself immersed in a compelling daydream, drifting off and possibly discovering a new solution to an old problem. Trance states also occur when you become absorbed in a book, music, artistic creation, or in conversation with another person. Most people describe the experience of hypnosis as very pleasant.
Milton Erickson defined hypnosis simply as “communication,” and as “concentrating exclusively on your own thoughts, values, memories and beliefs about life.” He said that the “trance state is active unconscious learning”. During the trance state there is a shift of attention from external to internal reality, the highly focused attention being directed on one experience at a time. It is considered that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotherapist’s role is to assist in this process.