Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where you are neither fully awake or asleep, but in an altered state. Your conscious awareness, which acts as a filter for all suggestions coming in, is turned off or preoccupied in this state. This allows a hypnotist or hypnotherapist to bypass the usual 'gate keeper' and talk to the subservient subconscious mind directly which will obey the suggestions it is given.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for a therapeutic purpose.
Hypnosis is safe and is one of the most natural states a person can be in.
The most important thing to remember is that a hypnotist is not a Jedi and is not mind controlling you. A hypnotist will guide you into the requisites of a hypnotic state but all hypnotism is self-hypnotism. Your mind can, at any time, reject a suggestion it sees as unsafe or immoral.
There are certain medical conditions which would make a person an unsuitable candidate for hypnosis but I will discuss this with you prior.
The other thing to remember, from a therapeutic perspective, is that though highly effective, hypnotherapy is a complimentary treatment. Regardless how you feel after a session, DO NOT alter any treatment plan or medication without first consulting with your doctor or medical professional.
Short answer - No
Any shows I put on will never be this cliché.
Traditionally, the way to guide someone into hypnotic trace is to send them on a relaxing journey known as a Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). While this works, and I can do this, there are far quicker methods of achieving the same result known as rapid inductions and these are my preferred method. If you explicitly wish for me to use a PMR within a therapy session then please let me know in advance.
Also, from a therapuetic persective, I am able to work using content-free and trance-free techniques. Please see my Hypnotherapy page for more details.
This depends on what you mean by 'without hypnosis'.
I am a believer that on some level we are in a very light state of hypnosis all the time. How often do you disregard the rest of the world when you are reading a good book or watching your favourite TV show for example? Have you ever noticed how time seems to pass so quickly when you are doing a task that requires your full attention? Reading a book does not silence birds tweeting outside and working hard does not alter the speed of time, nevertheless, with our focus shifted it appears that it does. That is a hypnotic state, albeit a light one.
If you are asking can I help without trance then yes, much of my therapy work can be done trance free.
I believe that all hypnosis has the potential to be therapeutic. It feels great!
The only real difference between performance hypnosis and hypnotherapy are the suggestions - I still must hypnotise you deep enough to do what I want to do and release you from hypnosis at the conclusion.
The suggestions for hypnotherapy are tailor made for the client with the intention of alleviating a problem and making them feel great. On the other hand, when doing performance hypnosis, the suggestions I give will be broader but fun and in good humour with the person feeling good at the end of it. Whether you feel good because of a therapeutic intervention or because you had fun does it really matter?
There are some people who believe that hypnosis in a performance setting is a taboo. This is an opinion that I personally disagree with as I believe that it has a symbiotic relationship with hypnotherapy and a knowledge of each can help make you better at the other.