Trance is a narrowing of your focus, and in trance you can experience all sorts of phenomena: dissociation from your surroundings, regression to a younger age, amnesia, flash forwards in time, time distortion, confusion and negative or positive hallucination. All of these are trance states and can often be recreated with hypnosis.
If you are considering hypnotherapy then you are using trance in a way that is unhelpful somewhere in your life. For example, if you experience performance anxiety: you narrow your focus in on the possibility of embarrassing yourself > you flash forwards in time and imagine yourself doing exactly that > you then feel that embarrassment as if it is actually happening to you now, or perhaps you age regress back to an earlier experience when you were embarrassed and re-experience those feelings now. In that moment you forget that you are actually very capable and nothing has gone wrong since that incident. While in that trance state you are experiencing the imagined as real. In this case it is a protection strategy running on automation, but all you are consciously aware of is anxiety.
It is therefore my job, with your help, to either hypnotise you and give you a new and more productive automated trance state for those times, or to wake you up from that narrow focus on the possibility of embarrassment so that you can prepare for the event with access to all your inner resources regardless of what might have happened in the past.
The above is a simple example using performance anxiety as most of us have experienced it to some degree, but what I am saying works for all emotions and habits. If you smoke then you narrow your focus on 'the fix', negatively hallucinate the warnings on packaging, forget about the potential fatal consequences while indulging and then run post hypnotic suggestions in the form of excuses and justifications. If you have anger issues then you narrow your focus on that one thing that your friend said and forget about all the good things they have done for you, just until you've 'woken' from the anger of the emotional trance, after which you probably remember those good things and experience remorse. I have seen some people who have had difficult childhoods and have induced their own amnesia to distance themselves from the trauma, but in doing so the emotions remain unresolved.
Whether or not you respond strongly to suggestion, you can be helped to 'wake up' from your own self-hypnosis.
You may or may not respond to hypnosis well enough to be stuck you to the chair or forget your name, but these are just party tricks that we will try in the first session to help you understand your thought process in a different way. If you are experiencing overwhelming emotions, thought processes or behaviours that feel outside of your control, then you have proved to yourself and to me that you are good at entering trance states. There is therefore a good chance that we can use hypnotic techniques to lead you out of the unproductive trances or install newer more helpful ones.
You will not get the same approach from every hypnotherapist. Whether you have tried hypnotherapy and other therapies before or you are only just looking into therapy for the first time, fill in the contact form to the right and we can arrange a free consultation over e-mail, phone, text or even Skype so that you can sound me out further while you are deciding your next step.