Ever since I was six years old, I had the desire
to learn about hypnosis. I had heard other kids in the neighborhood
talk about how a hypnotist can make you do all these things. Since I was the youngest child and I was always
teased by older siblings, learning hypnosis sounded like a great idea.
My thoughts were that maybe I could hypnotize them and make them do
something. I realize now that my thoughts were incorrect; however, at
six years old it really sounded inviting.
It wasn't until I was 15 or 16 that I started looking for information about
how to hypnotize. In the 1950's, it was difficult to find readily
available information. I still have the old 78 record that I purchased.
You have to turn it over in the middle of the induction to continue. I
experimented with a friend, but when she started to relax and respond, I
started to giggle because I was amazed that I could actually hypnotize
someone. She was irritated at that, so I brought her out of the
hypnotic state. We are still friends to this day and we still joke
about the experience.
I took my first formal training in March, 1988 with Sidney Schneider
in. I was still in real estate at that time. Shortly after my
training, I ran a few ads for smoking cessation and had a few people at my
home. I wasn't able to actually practice hypnosis full time until 1989
and it in 1991 I became a Certified Hypnosis Trainer through the National
Guild of Hypnotists (NGH).
Through my company, The Hypnosis & Wellness Training Center, I am pleased
to be able to help other people become a Hypnotist and I really enjoy passing
on my knowledge and experience to others as a Hypnosis Instructor. The
opportunities right now for skilled Hypnotists are growing as it becomes more
of a recognized profession. Many of the state level laws are making it
mandatory to achieve a certain level of certification and/or experience, but
I think that is actually big step in the right direction. The simple
fact is, training and experience are both very important if you want to
achieve your goals in the field of hypnosis. Each year I am impressed
by the quality and caliber of people who are interested enough in hypnosis to
take formal training so they can earn their certification. That's why I
enjoy what I do so very much.
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