What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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. Usually, the more a client is willing to commit to the results of the hypnotherapy process, the better those results will be.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When I first begin working with a new client, I spend a considerable amount of time getting to know them, learning about their issues and their past in detail, and helping them understand what hypnosis is all about. We often spend the first half of the initial two-hour session in this discussion, as we plan out the work we will do.
The second hour we do the initial hypnotic work to help the client learn what hypnosis feels like, what to expect and how to work with the hypnotic state. We explore positive moments in the person's life (real or imagined) to recall their strengths and positive emotions. I usually provide some post-hypnotic suggestions and/or neuro-linguistic patterns to immediately help the client through at least the week or so until the second session.
In the second and subsequent sessions, we will most likely explore events, memories and beliefs at the core of the issue. We will then use the strengths and resources we found earlier to bring healing to those past events.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My Initial training and certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists has involved many extended (80 hour plus) weeks of study and practice in the latest hypnotherapy techniques, including NLP, regression and parts therapy, working with emergency and stress conditions, and dealing with different types of mind, body and spiritual issues.
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, with about 30 hours over an extended weekend. In addition to this, I attend numerous workshops in psychology, complimentary/alternative healing, etc. Overall, I probably attend about 100 hours of continuing education over any given year.
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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 unexplained or paranormal events.
I found I had a talent for helping people to overcome the fear of these events and now pursue work as a healer in these and related areas.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with clients from all segments of society, economic sectors, political and spiritual beliefs. I work with those who wish to Improve their personal self image, build confidence, better cope with stress.
I can help with resolving/forgiving past trauma or post traumatic stress, clearing a habit such as hair pulling or nail biting, etc., and/or resolving personal mysteries.
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.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A number of people out there have 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 or Muslims, since it is extraordinary and/or magical. However, as mentioned above, hypnosis is an everyday occurrence and is part of your experience multiple times each day. Thus it is a perfectly ordinary phenomenon compatible with any religion or spiritual tradition.