There’s so much to learn during the Diploma in Hypnotherapy. But one of the most difficult questions to answer is whether or not a “trance” state is important at a therapeutic level. On the one hand, your may work with a client who does not display any signs of having been ‘hypnotised’ but who makes great therapeutic progress. At the other end of the scale, you may have a client who reports several trance like symptoms, but who fails to achieve any therapeutic goals. So how important is the state of hypnosis? I would argue that – if you don’t attach any importance to encouraging your client to achieve a hypnotic state – it is difficult to differentiate hypnotherapy from other talking therapies. Then again, it certainly isn’t the be all and end all, as the work I’ve done with many clients testifies to. On the Diploma course you will learn the challenging balancing act of working with clients, and carefully judging and responding to their states of mind during your practical sessions.