In keeping with the philosophy of mindfulness, hypnosis becomes a powerful resource for people to shift their attention to the here and now and utilize unconscious strengths and resources to manage stress. The process of going into trance is a very natural state we all experience in our daily lives. A great movie ends and you are surprised at how long you've been in the theater. You're driving and after listening to a good song you realize you've covered many miles and can't recall the distance traveled. These are a few examples of natural trance. I use hypnosis to teach others how to achieve that state when they need to deal with stressful situations or connect with their inner resources to make changes in eating habits or to quit smoking.
Milton Hyland Erickson, (5 December 1901 in Aurum, Nevada – 25 March 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona) was an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychopathological Association. He is noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating. He is also noted for influencing brief therapy, strategic family therapy, family systems therapy, solution focused brief therapy, and neuro-linguistic programming.