What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic intervention that uses naturally occuring phenomena. For example, when driving from one point to another, we may be so intensely focused on something that we don't realize that we have traveled a distance, or where or when we made a turn. In those instances, we are in a trance. The same thing happens when we watch a movie, read a book, daydream, lose track of time, are in the sleep-wake mode right before we go to sleep or are waking up and that is the same state of awareness as when under hypnosis. The therapist understands this trance state behavior and utilizes it for the benefit of the client. Hypnosis works by bypassing our defense mechanisms enabling us to work with the subconscious. A therapist's role is to guide the client in their own journey, their own quest.
The Key Mental Health Institute LLC
Jane Janer, Psy.D.