1. Are you a full time hypnotist, part-time or hobbyist?
Strictly a hobbyist and student at this time.
2. Do you specialize in any type of hypnosis?
I want to learn it all!
But seriously, I’m not planning on making a career of hypnosis. The most I would want to be is an speaker and evangelist on the subject.
3. Is there any type of hypnosis you do not do? Why?
I really don’t do any hypnosis (except self-hypnosis).
I’m hedging myself because of the legal situation in the state of Indiana, which has the most stringent (and strangest) laws regarding hypnosis in any state, and because I have very little formal training (as yet.) As of July 1st, 2010, the hypnosis training and registration requirements in the state of Indiana were repealed. They really didn't serve any useful purpose, anyway. That still doesn't mean I'm doing hypnosis, but I am taking occasional training and would at least feel comfortable with giving simple demonstrations if the opportunity presented itself.
4. Do you use self-hypnosis regularly in your life? If so, how?
I use it for relaxation and pain relief: I suffer from neck muscle spasms which cascade up and over the top of the head and resemble sinus headaches. Self-hypnosis helps by getting the muscles to relax while at the same time focusing on ignoring the pain. Its not always totally effective but every little bit helps.
5. Describe your hypnosis office or work setting.
My home office is a cramped former bedroom with three large desks (one business and two computer) two 6′ tall bookshelves, four filing cabinets and a closet with too much stuff.
6. Describe a typical day in your life.
I am self-employed and owner of a corporate videography company: I have videotaped sports events (most recently for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the NBA D-League team) and awards programs and volunteer as a camera operator for local cable access programs. Because the business is somewhat sporadic, I also temp when possible, especially at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, where I do much the same video work to support the video display panel above the scoreboard.
When not temping, my schedule is pretty set: I’m up by mid-morning. When not actively working on a business project, I’m usually editing a personal video project, maintaining the company and Hypnosis in Media websites, and writing. I usually check my email around noon and late in the evening. Sometimes I’m at a club meeting in the evening, or else I’m playing online in GuildWars.
7. Where did you get your training in hypnosis and are you certified?
I am almost entirely self-taught, although I am working with a very great lady (Dr. Gisella Zukausky with the Midwest Training Institute of Hypnosis) who is getting her school accredited in Indiana (a Sisyphean task, it seems) and will likely get accredited through her school. I already have taken one course explicitly and taped at least one other.
8. Most fabulous hypnosis technique you use?
I don’t really use any techniques, but if I would, I’d use something like the technique I had demonstrated rather dramatically on me once: it was a counting-down/counting-up confusion induction. Since I am very analytical most typical inductions take a long time to work, but with this one I was hypnotized in less than 20 seconds. Then, once I was brought out of trance, the instructor put me back under immediately by simply dropping my hand and saying “sleep!”.
9. Worse moment ever in a hypnosis setting that ended up being a valuable learning experience.
It was the second time I was ever hypnotized.
The first time was a few years previously, at a convention where one of the guests presented a panel on hypnosis and did a group relaxation induction for the audience. It was very memorable not only because it was my first real exposure to hypnosis, the person was a true lady and someone I am proud to have befriended.
The second time I was hypnotized, it was by an old friend (and now a prominent hypnotist in his own right) to demonstrate hypnosis. As part of the demonstration, I was given the standard post-hypnotic amnesia suggestion. When I came out of trance, I literally was speechless. All I could do was mouth words: I couldn’t even think. Needless to say, my friend was freaked but recovered quickly and put me back in trance and removed the suggestion.
What I believe happened was the conflict between the suggestion and the way my subconscious mind interpreted it (to forget EVER being hypnotized) and the strong desire to remember the first time I was hypnotized. Once the conflict was removed everything was fine. But it was a really weird experience.
What I learned from it was the definite understanding that hypnosis is real (I even use it to convince other people) and how the mind can interpret things differently than expected.
10. Any words of advice to potential clients or other hypnotist.
There are a lot of misconceptions and mythologies about hypnosis.
Clients: just about everything you’ve ever seen or heard about hypnosis is probably incorrect. Go in to the session with an open mind and be prepared to be informed and surprised.
Hypnotists: know them and understand these misconceptions. That way you can help clients get over them or better communicate with them to further their own healing. And, if nothing else, you can adapt your session to match the client’s preconceptions and misconceptions. (I remember reading of one therapist whose client referenced a rather bad movie: the therapist immediately shifted his induction to make successful use of that imagery.)
The above was originally posted in "The Transparent Hypnotist" website and updated as necessary.