Trances occur naturally in day to day life, and we are actually in different kinds of trance a lot of the time. If you've ever driven to work and not remembered the journey, or been so engrossed in a book, or film or computer game that you have lost all track of time, then you've already experienced a naturally occurring form of trance.

Some problematic emotional states can be seen as naturally occurring trances too. The flashbacks people encounter when suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are certainly a kind of trance, and so are some of the ways people suffer depression.

Hypnosis is just creating a trance on purpose. Hypnotic trances can be used in several different ways. You've probably seen stage hypnotists use them to lower people's inhibitions and bring out the performer in them. Some doctors and dentists use deep hypnotic trances instead of chemical anaesthetics for surgery or for pain control.

If we use hypnotherapy in our work together, I'll be working with you to create a specific kind of trance that will be helpful to you in overcoming your problem. This usually involves asking you to focus on something, maybe just the sound of my voice, or some visual image. The first thing you are likely to experience as you go into trance is a feeling of pleasant, deep relaxation. This is helpful in lowering stress and in helping you look at your problem with less anxiety. It also helps by enabling you to access parts of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs that might not be so easily accessible in an everyday state of consciousness. So you can be more creative in your approach to solving any problems you are experiencing, and make decisions that are in your overall best interest; keeping you more in control of your life and able to work more effectively towards your goals.

Traumatic Incident Reduction

This is a well tried and tested approach for helping people reduce symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks and hyper-vigilance after traumatic events. TIR works by guiding you back over the event or events in a safe, structured way until all of the memories, thoughts and feelings that relate to the incident/s have become consciously available. This allows memories to be filed properly in the brain so they don't keep 'popping' up as nightmares or flashbacks. It also enables people to realistically assess what happened and clear up any mistaken ideas they may have about this.


This is a relatively new approach that has emerged in recent years from EMDR therapy. It is based on the discovery that particular issues, memories, or feelings will often correspond to our eye position as we think about them. It's almost as if we're literally trying to inwardly look at the problem. I'm a trained Brainspotting therapist and find that it can be extremely helpful for many people when integrated into therapy.

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