The state of ‘hypnosis’ is often described as being ‘dissociated’ – with the conscious mind as being ‘split off’ from the unconscious mind. During the Hypnotherapy Diploma course, we cover various techniques to create this dissociation – including giving the conscious mind something to occupy it, talking about the unconscious mind (and hence implying that there is a split between the conscious and unconscious minds) and talking directly to the part you are trying to reach. Many people experiencing trauma dissociate naturally – it is a defence mechanism where fight or flight is not an option – and describe a feeling like emotional and physical shutting down, or stepping outside of oneself. Spontaneous dissociation is a natural coping skill used to separate the person from the traumatic event(s) and memories of the traumatic event(s). What is even more amazing is that trauma survivors who have experienced dissociation, and those with dissociative disorders, may be highly hypnotizable. Hypnotherapy can provide an ideal therapeutic approach for people who have experienced trauma in the past, by working in this state of ‘dissociation’ and gently exploring the original trauma and memories, challenging and reframing beliefs and working with the mind-body connection, allowing the client to redress the physical outcome of their original experience and to experience a corrective experience. All of the above allows a traumatised client to move forwards. As a practicing hypnotherapist, many of your clients will have experienced trauma in their past, which has become ‘stuck’ in their bodies and working with their mind-body response is a key part in their recovery and development. The Diploma in Analytical Hypnotherapy explores in detail the connection between the mind and body and the ways in which the unconscious mind can learn to work through and regulate responses in a way which is hugely beneficial to clients.