Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share 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. How did you get started doing this type 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. What types of customers have you worked with?
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 a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.