Have you ever driven somewhere, usually a route you take regularly, got to the destination and thought ‘I don’t remember driving here’, or have you ever read a page of a book and had to read it again, because your mind was somewhere else? If so, then you have experience a form of hypnosis or what is known as a trance state.
A trance state is a very natural state of mind, as we have mentioned, most of us experience it during our everyday lives. However, during a hypnotherapy session, this trance state in induced by the therapist, by creating a focused state of concentration.
This is done to allow a split in the conscious and unconscious mind. The conscious mind is the part that is doing all the things that we are explicitly aware of at this moment. Whereas, the unconscious mind refers to the processes that take place outside of the awareness. The unconscious mind is where we store all or memories and experiences from the very second of birth to right now. These in turn influence the way that we feel and behave, even if we don’t realise it.
Therefore, during a hypnosis session, whilst in the trance state, the therapist can speak directly to the unconscious as it is open to suggestions and work on any maladaptive behaviours and feelings that are not working for you, and change them for ones that are more acceptable for you and in line with your goals.