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Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention (Hammond, 1988).
Milton H. Erickson, a leading figure in this area, sustained that the hypnotic trance is a state where the possibilities of learning and change grow.
Hypnosis is a tool that uses the power of imagination of our mind to help us reach our goals. One of the definitions of hypnosis that I like the best was given to me by a patient who had been trained in self-hypnosis. He said: “I finally found a way to write letters to myself and be sure to receive them”.
Hypnosis should be practiced only be qualified professionals. Knowing how to do hypnosis does not warranty that the practitioner knows how to deal with a specific issue. The position of the professional societies (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, International Society of Hypnosis) is that all practitioners need to have graduate studies an to hold a license in a health care field such as medicine, dentistry, psychiatry, psychology, social work, or nursing. And to treat with hypnosis any issue, the professional should be expert in this issue and able to treat it also without the use of hypnosis.
In my practice, hypnosis is a choice. Some patients find it very useful. Others prefer a different kind of psychotherapy. Either way is fine.

To read more about hypnosis:American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.