Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Hypnotherapy for one of the following:
- Improving personal self image
- Confidence in situation such as public speaking
- Help in coping with stress
- Quitting Smoking
- Losing Weight
- Resolving/Forgiving past abuse or trauma
- Coping with post traumatic stress
- Clearing a habit such as hair pulling or nail biting
- Remembering and understanding events during past missing time
I have done a lot of work with people who have had frightening, extraordinary and/or unexplained experiences. I am known for my talents at conducting clean hypnotic regression.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. 1) Helping clients lose weight
I have helped several past clients who were many pounds overweight and needed to improve their self-image. I helped each to look in the mirror and see him/herself as able to accomplish her goal.
Each has subsequently been able to lose considerable weight and have a greatly improved quality of lifef.
2) Helping clients quit smoking:
I have helped numerous clients reduce or completely eliminate their smoking habits.
3) Clearing missing time and post-traumatic fear.
Helping clients remember and come to terms with mysterious events occurring in their past. Missing time surrounding events had caused tremendous concern and personal post-traumatic stress. I was able to help them remember and remove the fear surrounding them.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I would urge anybody seeking to hire a hypnotist or hypnotherapist to make sure that the practitioner is certified through a major national organization such as the National Guild of Hypnotists or American Board of Hypnotherapy.
I would also recommend that they have been in private practice for at least five to ten years.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The one thing that I wish customers knew is more about the actual nature of hypnosis. There are many misconceptions out there about what hypnosis is, and what it is not. Many people have a misconception from seeing stage hypnosis shows, old movies, etc. Many believe that the hypnotist could make them 'quack like a duck' or something similar. Still others hold the fear that hypnosis could open them up to demon possession or other spiritual peril.
In truth, hypnosis is a fully natural state of consciousness. You experience it every time you find yourself involved in something you enjoy. If you have ever had that time-flies feeling while involved in an activity, you have been in hypnosis.
Any time you have read a good book or watched a good movie, and found yourself identifying with one or more of the characters, you have also experienced hypnosis.
Hypnosis is not about control. You always have control of your own will, discernment, etc. You cannot be talked into something you wouldn't otherwise do, and will not do something that is against your own beliefs.
I have never found, either in my own personal experience as a hypnotist or anywhere in the literature, any case where a spiritual attachment occurred. Claims that this can occur are based entirely upon fear of the unknown and hearsay. During hypnosis, your own spiritual discernment is intact and unthreatened.
Unfortunately, I spend a considerable amount of time in my pretalk explaining what hypnosis is. And in some cases, I find expectations are still incorrect - old beliefs die hard.
I am currently making several new videos describing hypnosis, what you can expect and how it relates to mind, body, soul and overall human consciousness.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. The first thing a potential hypnotherapy client should look for is the certification of the practitioner. For a complimentary or integrative profession such as hypnosis and hypnotherapy, one should look for a major certifying body such as the National Guild of Hypnotists or the American board of Hypnotherapy. I am certified by both.
The other thing one should look for is the length of time the person has been in practice. The practitioner should have been active for at least 10 years, in my view.
I have been in practice since 1998, actively seeing clients for all of that time.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It works best when you are fully motivated to accomplish the work. Hypnotherapy is not magic. It is simply incredibly effective. Like learning a skill, If you are motivated to achieve your goals, you can accomplish tremendous results.
Please know what you would like to accomplish and how you will know when you have accomplished it.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am known for my skills at conducting clean hypnotic regression. I do considerable work with people who have had unexplained, frightening or traumatic events occur in the past. I excel at helping people resolve these, reducing or eliminating the fear and anger that go with them.
I am known for being a true healer when it comes to conducting such work. When you are in my studio, you will be in a safe, caring and healing space.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Several things make my job the most amazing and heart-warming experience anyone could wish for.
1) Foremost is the ability to see and be part of the powerful healing transformation that comes when a person overcomes something that has troubled them all their lives.
2) The second is being part of the moment when a person discovers, accepts and resolves something in their past that has frightened them, or has been a mystery all their lives.
3) Being part of the leading edge of human knowledge as we learn more about the mysteries of human existence. I love helping to bettervunderstand mysteries such as parapsychology, close encounters and extraordinary experiences, and metaphysical questions at the core of human existence.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Nearly every customer asks me if they are going to cluck like a chicken. Usually it is asked in jest, but the question behind it is serious. Does the client have control during hypnosis, and can they be influenced to do something that they would not otherwise do?
The answer is that during hypnosis, you always have control of your own thoughts, experiences and will. The discerning part of your own mind is active during hypnosis and will not allow you to do something that would be against your own beliefs.
During stage hypnosis, the client may have seen someone "make a fool of themselves" on stage. While that may be true, it is not actually against the will of the person on the stage. Stage hypnotists look for that quality in a person - the inner ham that wants to act out on stage. It is that part which comes out during stage hypnosis.
You will never do that against your will, especially in my office. Your own discernment would not allow you to do anything against your beliefs and I will most assuredly not ask you to do so.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One of those life-altering moments occurred as I was just emerging from security at a major airport. I was had just finished getting myself back together after my trip through the metal detector and was starting on my way to the gate.
Suddenly, an older gentlemen came up to me and introduced himself. He had noticed the National Guild of Hypnotists logo on my briefcase (the blue NGH satchel I carry with me everywhere), and wanted to know if I would hypnotize his wife. She was suffering from sudden panic from air travel anxiety. She was sitting on a chair nearby, white as a sheet, her face a mask of fear.
I quickly asked her what her name was and where they were going - a trip to Florida on their second honeymoon. This was the first time they had ever flown and she was surprised by the sudden fear she had not known of earlier.
I invited her to close her eyes and recall a very positive and empowering time, which she did - a positive moment immediately after she had taken control during a crisis, saving someone's life (or something like that).
I then asked her to imagine her and her husband walking hand in hand down the jetway, feeling that same way - empowered, confident and secure. I will never forget the smile on her face as she held his hand and in her mind, the two of them were boarding the plane.
I invited her to open her eyes and feel that same way, which she did. We then parted company and I never saw them again. I saw them walk up to the gate and I continued on my journey, my heart warmed with the knowledge that I had just helped to save this couple's second honeymoon.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. A number of people out there have negative, harmful or even malicious misconceptions about hypnosis. I hope I can clear some of those up, here.
1) Some people believe that hypnosis is magic and/or occult in nature. It is not. Hypnosis is a normal part of human experience. You experience hypnosis whenever you daydream, you get involved in a good novel, or you get deeply involved in an activity and time seems to whiz by.
2) Some people are afraid that they will lose control, surrendering their will to the hypnotist. This is not the case. During hypnosis, you always have control of your own will, thoughts and perceptions.
3) You will not become possessed by a demon or dark entity during hypnosis. While many use hypnosis or guided meditation for spiritual exploration, it is not a magic or vulnerable state. You are not opening yourself up to the devil or anything related.
Hypnosis is a natural part of the everyday cycle of consciousness and is nothing extraordinary or occult.
4) Many believe that hypnosis is forbidden to Christians, since it is extraordinary and/or magical. This is not the case. As mentioned above, hypnosis is an everyday occurrence and is part of your everyday experience. Thus it is a perfectly ordinary phenomenon and should be allowable in any religion or spiritual tradition.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have been interested in the mind, and in the leading edge of the known all of my life.
In the process of investigating reports of the unexplained, I found cases where a lot of healing was needed, namely after the traumatic events of close encounters. I found that I had a talent for helping people to overcome the fear of these events and thus, decided to pursue work as a healer in these and related areas.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently finished work with a client who had significant professional fear issues. She was tremendously frightened during professional work situations in which she had to work with older, more experienced peers. She felt she was unworthy of them.
I helped her during hypnotic regression to remember the time when, as a child, she was told she was not good enough. She was then able to see how that her misconceptions and limiting beliefs were false, and that she was a gifted professional.
In several sessions we were able to turn her career threatening fear into self-assured confidence. She is now a productive member of her profession
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. The National Guild of Hypnotists requires at least 15 hours of continuing education per year. I usually can get most of this in at the annual National Guild of Hypnotists meeting, where I attend about 30 hours of continuing education over an extended weekend.
In addition, most hypnotherapists take extensive course work in the latest techniques for hypnotherapy, the latest in psychology theory, etc.
The field is advancing at a sufficient rate that hypnotists need to continually train to maintain their edge in this competitive field.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are part of the rapidly advancing understanding of human consciousness. Our understanding of the interaction between mind and body is still in its infancy and over the next decade we can expect to see tremendous progress in this area.
The ways in which hypnosis can help with mind-body healing are only beginning to be explored.
In addition, the understanding of consciousness, whether physical or metaphysical, is also just beginning to yield to our understanding. With the rapidly unfolding developments in quantum physics, information and complexity studies a scientific understanding of this will continue to grow rapidly.
Again, the use of hypnosis will continue to grow with this ever-expanding field, yielding new ways of metaphysical and mind-body healing.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. probably the biggest change in my hypnotherapy practice has been to join the Circle of Healing Arts. The Circle is a healers' cooperative with its offices at
299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 105
Coon Rapids (suburb of Minneapolis), MN 55433.
The circle provides one-stop shopping for complimentary, alternative and integrative healing.
The costs for me have been minimal. It has provided a professional setting, a practice office and a ready-made group of peers. It has enabled my business to transcend the work-at-home initial phase, to one in a professional environment.
It provides the benefits of a medical office with the relaxed atmosphere of an alternative healers' group.
Rent in the cooperative is $35 per month and I pay under $200/month for room space. This provides space on our website, ability to use (inexpensively) our conference room for teaching classes, our appointment scheduler, etc. In all cases, benefits have far outweighed the costs.
So this - in summary - has been my most recent project
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I ask a base rate for a two-hour session with clients. However most hypnotherapy work requires multiple sessions and thus, I have a discounted rate for multiple sessions.
I ask for payment for at least the next session, primarily because hypnotherapy work is a commitment. Sometimes well into a multi-session healing process, the material we are working through becomes difficult and it would be easy to bail out. Thus, I request that the client commit to the results as we begin the process.
Usually, the more a client is willing to commit to the results, the better those results will be. This is usually reflected in their willingness to pay in advance, and thus commit to those results.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I have acted as an informal mentor to a number of hypnotherapists, both locally and worldwide. For most of them, I have found that the best results occur when one studies multiple schools of thought.
When initially studying to become a hypnotherapist, it is easy to become beguiled by the ease with which you can obtain your initial credentials. I would advise any aspiring new hypnotist to study multiple areas of practice, at multiple schools, to gain the most perspective on the field.
i would then advise the new hypnotist/hypnotherapist to get several hundred hours of experience in multiple roles, working with many different types of clients. Only with that resulting "street smarts" will you be qualified to be an effective contributor to the complimentary health community.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength (plural: strengths, actually) are persistence, curiosity and empathy.
I am able to ask caring, guiding questions that help a client to seek their own answers. I excel at being able to ask the right things, perhaps touching on aspects of life or of the past the client has never thought of before.
I delight in seeking beyond the edge of the known, and am able to keep at the task when the going gets rough.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am always working to improve my projection and to increase my awareness of the other person's message. In my profession, every day presents an opportunity to become better at this. While I believe I have improved remarkably over the years I am always in the process of learning and improving. I guess that makes me a card-carrying member of humanity.