Hypnosis tends to be shrouded in a sense of mystery and intrigue. Hypnosis is, in fact, a very normal phenomenon which occurs naturally for us all on a daily basis at various levels, for example, daydreaming, or going into ‘auto-pilot’ when driving home from work.
Milton Erickson defined hypnosis as:
"A state of intensified attention and receptiveness, and an increased responsiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas."
Hypnosis can be used therapeutically to allow clients to adjust unhelpful thinking patterns, overcome negative behavioural habits and to develop new helpful behaviours which allow them to achieve their goals and feel more healthy and balanced. Hypnosis works by allowing clients to access their inner resources and to make positive shifts in deep core beliefs which they hold about themselves, other people, the world and the future. Hypnosis can help clients to let go of old hurts and resentments and to resolve unfinished business which is holding them back. It can also help them to learn the critical skill of relaxation - hypnosis is particularly effective for stress and anxiety management.