It all began with Milton Erickson, who discovered that it is enough to allow client to fall into a trance, enter hypnotic state, and imperative commanding is not necessarily at all. Erickson also discovered that we are in various sorts of trances most of our lives.
Thus, everyone can remember how he realized, standing in front of the door to his or her apartment with the keys in hands, that the road home somehow fell out of memory. what happened was a routine trance. Trance differs from an alert conscious state by a specific attention distribution and is a common, normal phenomenon inherent in healthy psyche.
In the typical case described above a man returns home, passing a familiar road automatically, using the resources of the psyche for comprehension of current, yet so far unsolved problems.
The therapeutic trance, unlike the daily life one, is directed by the therapist, so as to facilitate solving those tasks of the client, which he brought to the therapist to get help with. It is in the tradition of New Hypnosis teach the client self-hypnosis, so that he or she doesn't grow dependent of the therapist.
New Hypnosis is as effective as the traditional one.
Classical fields of application are analgesia and anesthesia, removal of asthmatic status (chronic bronchospasm), withdrawal from depression, rehabilitation from addictions (return to normal life for alcohol addicts, gamblers, etc.), getting rid of anxiety, co-dependence, etc.
Very popular ore fields of creative, generative trance, generating new, sought after by man's insights or solutions.
One secret of the new hypnosis lies in the fact that the work is done by the client, all decisions, are generated by him or her, are his or her own and therefor very much valued.. The therapist only helps entering a trance state and structures it in the direction, corresponding to the client's request. The therapist often doesn't even need to know the details, as he works with forming cognitive structures, not particular facts.