Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind that each and every one of us makes use of on a regular basis.
Clinical Hypnosis as an intervention is a method of communication that utilizes a focused state of mind to present ideas or suggestions. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what the person wants seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind. With practice, suggestions can be presented to the self (self-hypnosis). In this state of mind, although we have not been taught to call it "trance", one's attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions. All of us have been so absorbed in thought -while reading a book, driving to work- that we fail to notice what is happening around us. Other examples of trance states are daydreaming and some forms of meditation.
With clinical hypnosis, the therapist utilizes suggestions designed to help the client make use of internal processes (feelings, memories, images and internal self-talk). This can lead to symptom reduction and to better understand underlying motivations and identify whether past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem. Hypnosis avoids the critical censor of the conscious mind, which often defeats what we know to be in our best interests.