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The Many Faces of Hypnosis

I'm often asked during initial consultations with clients what is difference between hypnosis, trance, stage hypnosis & hypnotherapy. Then they want to understand how solution focused clinical hypnotherapy (which I practise) is different from the "usual" hypnotherapy.

There seems to be a bit of confusion, even misinformation, out there and this can often mean that the expectations of what I offer are different to what clients might have been seen on TV, on-line or in self help books.

So let's dive into this fascinating world, explore the differences and highlight the unique benefits that Solution Focused hypnotherapy brings to the table.


In essence, hypnosis is the state of mind where suggestion becomes effective & it is a broad term that encompasses hypnotherapy and other hypnotic experiences. It can be used for therapeutic purposes, self-improvement, or entertainment.

During a hypnosis session, you're guided into a relaxed state where the hypnotherapist, practitioner or hypnotist communicates with your subconscious, helping you act in a certain way, achieve goals or changes in behavior including self-improvement & personal empowerment.

It's a versatile tool that allows you to tap into the power of your subconscious mind & harness its potential.


Trance is the altered state of consciousness that is induced during hypnosis (& as described above). It's that deep relaxation where your attention is highly focused and your mind becomes more receptive to suggestions.

Trance is characterised by a sense of calmness, heightened awareness, and an inward focus. It allows access to the subconscious mind, explore deeply-rooted beliefs, and facilitate personal growth and change.

In fact everyone goes into trance many times a day - daydreaming when you are driving a car, reading a book or, dare I say it, even sat in the classroom or in a meeting

Both sound similar don't they? In short hypnosis is the process and trance is the state and hypnosis is the act of guiding someone into a trance.

Stage Hypnosis

Ah, stage hypnosis! It's the entertaining side of hypnosis that you might have seen in shows or performances. Stage hypnotists are skilled entertainers who select volunteers from the audience and guide them into a hypnotic trance, captivating the audience with the power of suggestion.

The participants then engage in fun and often humorous activities on stage, like believing they're famous celebrities or performing amusing acts - walking like chicken, imagining they can see fairies or eating a really hot curry.

Stage hypnosis primarily aims to entertain and showcase the power of suggestion in a lighthearted & fun manner meaning that suggestions last only for the duration of the show, and they are removed after the audience member is "woken up" at the end of the act.


Unlike stage hypnosis, hypnotherapy is a one-on-one experience which aims to address various psychological and emotional issues, such as anxiety, phobias, smoking cessation, weight management, and even past trauma.

During a hypnotherapy session a certified hypnotherapist guides you into a relaxed state & then employs specific techniques to help clients explore & resolve underlying issues or make positive changes in behavior & thought patterns.

It's a way to tap into the subconscious to promote growth, allowing the hypnotherapist to work with clients to overcome a variety of challenges like anxiety, phobias, and more.

The key benefit of hypnotherapy is its targeted and individualised approach to address specific issues, empower personal transformation.

Hypnotherapy should always be conducted by certified professionals who possess the necessary training and expertise. They create a safe and supportive environment, ensuring your well-being throughout the process. With hypnotherapy, you can embark on what can be a trans formative journey guided by a skilled practitioner.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is specialist form of hypnotherapy and takes this type of therapy to another level by integrating a successful talking psychotherapy process - Solution Focused Brief Therapy - with proven hypnotherapy techniques.

This approach is client-focused encouraging them to find their inner resources & they are not alone in this process.

Clients and their hypnotherapist work together as a team to move forward from what their issues are, talking small steps, reaching small goals, finding & developing coping mechanisms, understanding the neuroscience which helps them understand why they feel the way they do.

So while traditional hypnotherapy is beneficial for personal growth and change, solution focused hypnotherapy takes it a step further by incorporating psychotherapy and therapeutic principles. It offers targeted and specialised support for individuals with mental health concerns, facilitating a positive future, outlook & mindset and providing a comprehensive approach to their well-being.

You can learn much more about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy on my website here

So, if you're seeking assistance with specific mental health challenges such as

  • General Anxiety

  • Health Anxiety

  • Fears & Phobias (e.g., a fear of spiders,

  • a fear of presenting)

  • IBS & gut issues

  • Panic Attacks

  • Low Mood

  • Depression

  • Low confidence and low self-esteem

  • plus much more..............

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy might be the right path for you.

In conclusion, while hypnosis and stage hypnosis have their merits, hypnotherapy, & specifically Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, shines as a focused and positive approach. SFH offers therapeutic benefits, promotes personal growth, positivity and is guided by professionals dedicated to your well-being.

So, whether you're seeking therapeutic support, self-improvement, or a good laugh, hypnosis in its various forms can be an intriguing and enjoyable experience.

Stay curious, open-minded and embrace the possibilities, and I am here for your Solution Focused journey!

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