Trance is a narrowing of your focus, and in trance you can experience all sorts of phenomena - dissociation from your surroundings, age regression, amnesia, flash forwards in time, time distortion, confusion and negative or positive hallucination. You've probably used all of these phenomenon at some point in your life as way to cope or survive a situation. If you are capable of such natural deep trance phenomenon yourself then a hypnotist is likely to be able to recreate such experiences for you in a therapy room or an entertainment setting.
If you are considering hypnotherapy then you are subconsciously using trance in a way that is unhelpful. 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 where you embarrassed yourself and experience those feelings as if that event were happenging right now. In that moment you forget that you are actually very capable and nothing has gone wrong since. In that trance state you experienced the imagined or remembered as real which is often your mind's way of protecting you from actually having the experience. It is a protectection strategy running on automation but you just experience 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 failure 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. Smokers narrow their focus on 'the fix' and negatively hallucinate the warnings on packets, forget about the potential fatal consequences while indulging, run post hypnotic suggestions in the form of excuses and justifications. If you have anger issues 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. I see a lot of 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.
If you are considering hypnotherapy look at what you want to change and notice the narrowing of focus that enables it. That is trance. You can do trance and we can probably use similar phenomenon to make you feel better or behave differently.
I might be able to hypnotise you and stick you to the chair or make you forget your name, but these are just party tricks that we will try in the first session to help you understand that you create your reality. If you are experiencing overwhelming emotions, thought processes or behaviours that feel out 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 hypnosis to lead you out of the unproductive trances and install newer more helpful ones. Exactly what that experience is going to be like for you though, I cannot tell you as I've not met you yet. It tends to be a very subjective experience and therefore different for everyone.
You will not get the same approach from every hypnotherapist you try so whether you have tried hypnotherapy and other therapies before or whether you are only just looking into things 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.