New Book Recommended For Hypnosis Students

It’s nice when reliable information on how hypnosis helps with health issues becomes available. I’d like to share with you  one of my new favorites on the subject by a doctor Scott M. Fried.  The book is called A Surgeon’s Self-Help Healing Solution – My Father’s.  I like this book for several reasons, it’s a small book, written so anyone can understand it, it gives medical statistics for the use of hypnosis and it offers a free self hypnosis session as a download.

Since we are on the subject, I also really love Dabney M. Ewin and Bruce N. Eimers book, Ideomotor Signals for Rapid Hypnoanalysis , a how-to manual and I recently was overjoyed to take Don Mottin’s class on working with Stroke Survivors.  I think if you are in the hypnosis business you have to keep up with continuing education and reading books like these will certainly help you to do that.

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Hypnotist Help Thyself….And Get Your Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do!

Can you imagine doing a jumping right foot side kick and breaking two neck high boards with your foot?  Well, if you are a hypnotist you’ll love reading this amazing story of triumph as  Jessica Karas tells us how she used hypnosis to do just that and get her black belt in Tae Kwon Do!  Please read this incredible story of subconscious and conscious mind working together to fulfill a very special dream.

Before we move into the story I just want to say that for some time, I’ve been impressed with Jessica.  Now, after her story I’m even more impressed.  Jessica “Jess” Karas is a 5-PATH Hypnotist in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Not only does Jess have her own Hypnosis practice, but she also gives freely of her time helping new hypnotists understand difficult concepts via our active message board.  In addition, Jess has 3 children (one with autism) and she is a mentor with Big Brothers/Sisters.   Now on to this incredible story!

How long have you been a hypnotist?    I became a hypnotist in February, 2005….so 5 1/2 years. 


What inspired you to get your certification?  As a last resort, I gave hypnosis a try for an issue I was struggling with.  The only thing I “knew” about hypnosis was the corny stuff I’d seen in movies—–you are getting verrrryyyy sssslllleeeeepppyyy—–but I was that desperate.  It helped in unexpected ways and I was intrigued by the process.  When my hypnotherapist, Roberta Worm, mentioned she would be teaching a course, I signed up.  It happened to be 5-PATH & 7th PATH, but I really didn’t know what that was until I took my training.

Wow!  You just happened to fall into some of the best training available in hypnosis.

Where’s your practice and what is is your practice like?  —— My practice is in Lincoln, Nebraska.  When I graduated, I looked for office space in a mini- mall (as we were encouraged to do in class) for the exposure and accessibility to walk-ins.  However, at the time, not much of this type of commercial space was available and the areas that held this sort of retail space were not in very desirable locations.  I looked at other office spaces that were part of medical or business complexes, but was put off by the price. I was very stressed about juggling the needs of my family, and this almost-getting-off-the-ground hypnosis business.

I finally realized (duh!) I didn’t have to be like anyone else, I could have a business model that suited me and the demands of my life.  So, I refinished a portion of my basement, doing the work myself, and set up a home office.  I designed my own business logo & cards, and I was off and running. I see clients on a part-time basis, which allows me the flexibility I need for the other areas of my life.

What kinds of clients/issues do you work with? —- I work with whatever comes through the door.   When I started my business, I thought it would be mostly smokers and weight loss people, but I don’t really seem to attract much of that.  Interestingly, clients’ issues seem to go through cycles or themes.  Sometimes the theme is traumatic abuse. Sometimes it’s limiting fears: fear of public speaking, or flying, for example.  The theme of the last 4-5 months has been clients whose sexuality goes against the religious beliefs they were brought up with.  It’s led to some really deep, wonderful discussions about God, church doctrine, tradition, faith, etc.    I love the variety.  You never know what you’re going to get. 

I can relate.  Kinda like a box of chocolates isn’t it?   Now for the big question, have you used hypnosis on yourself?  What methods did you use?  Originally, I had sessions in 5 & 7th PATH for my own issues relating to intimacy.  Since then, I’ve practiced 7th PATH quite a bit, often with my husband.  Most recently, I used a combination of techniques to prepare for my 2nd Degree Black Belt testing in Tae kwon do.  

A bit of back-story first:   a long time ago, a horse I was riding went through a jump, instead of over it.  She fell; I fell.  She was alright.  I broke bones (tailbone, sacrum, collarbone, and nose).  I went off the horse to the right, so the right side of my body was more affected. I’ve also had surgery on my right foot.  Add in being 45 years old, and I’m not the most agile person out there!

The black belt test involves, among other things, breaking 2 boards—-at neck height—with a jumping right foot side kick.  Since I jump like a rock, I found this to be very challenging.  So challenging, in fact, that in the 18 months I practiced it, I was never successful.  I was very frustrated and discouraged.  It was as if my mind knew what to do, but my body wasn’t listening.  It made me feel old, and stupid, and uncoordinated.  I even asked about alternatives, but I wasn’t successful with those kicks either.

Finally, I realized that I wanted to do the standard technique, partly out of pride, (I didn’t want to be the old lady who couldn’t do it) and partly because I didn’t like the way it had a hold over me.  I’ve broken plenty of boards, why should this be any different?

That’s when I went to work on myself through hypnosis.  I used self-regression and uncovered/released:  fear of injury, fear of failing, fear of looking stupid, fear of hurting the people holding the boards (which I’d done many times), fear that I’d always be a first degree, limiting beliefs about age/past injury/lack of flexibility, fear that I didn’t deserve to be a 2nd degree, the need to compare myself to others, the fear that I wasn’t working out hard enough, and more.  Then one day in class, I broke the boards!  Now I knew it was possible.  Game on!

Next I shifted to visualization.  I pictured the end result—-foot through boards and the distinctive sound it makes.  I visualized myself smiling, uninjured and triumphant, afterwards.  I also released myself from the need to over think this.  Also, since I had begun dreading going to class because of all the failed attempts I began a series of suggestions that I gave myself hundreds of times over the summer.  I began with: “I am loose, confident, and happy every time I step in to the gym”.  This evolved into: “My body knows what to do to break the boards”.    To: “I pass my test with flying colors.”   Somewhere along the way, the word “effortless” became important as well.  I never thought about/pictured the process, only the end result, trusting my body to do the rest.  

I went from never breaking the boards, to breaking them at least once a week.  In the week’s right before the test, I would walk around my (empty) house yelling:  “I am an awesome board breaker!”   I kept up the suggestions dozens of times a day, especially while driving in the car.  In addition, I put some of the broken boards near my bed so I could smell that fresh, piney fragrance all night—–weird, I know, but I wanted to stack the deck as much as possible.

 At testing, I mumbled suggestions to myself almost constantly while I breathed low & slow to maintain calm.  I set up my board holders, took several steps back, telling myself “my body knows what to do” and……..the boards broke…..first try.   I have no conscious recall of the jump, the kick, or the moment of impact.  All I heard was the distinctive sound they make when they break, and then I was aware that I was walking away.  I couldn’t even tell you which specific part of my body touched the boards.  It’s supposed to be the heel, and usually, even though it doesn’t usually hurt, you can feel the point on your foot that touched the boards.  To me, it was as if those boards broke themselves.   The neat thing?  Later on, several different people commented to me that it looked “effortless” : -). 


Amazing!  I LOVE that you put the broken boards by your bed so you could smell them!  That is so cool!  After this, for the record, I have to ask a stupid question.  Would you recommend that hypnotists use hypnosis for their own problems?  Absolutely.  I think it makes you a better provider if you have first hand knowledge of what the hypnosis process feels like, and what it can achieve.  It also makes you better able think on your feet if your client goes in an unexpected direction. 

Do you have any special techniques you use on yourself that you can share?  I do a lot of positive energy sort of stuff.  I visualize myself in a bubble of peaceful, white light and all the stress and ugliness of the day just splats on and slides off.  I especially use this around my autistic son.  He’s a great kid, but he struggles with a lot of anxiety and he’s a world-champion pessimist.   I have to stay on my toes not to get sucked in to all that drama.  Also, more and more, I’ve been using self-regression.  I observe my feelings and work back to the source, releasing the old, stuck energy along the way.


Jess, I just want to thank you for sharing your story.  I loved it and I just know our readers will be inspired to remember to use hypnosis on themselves because of it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them even get into martial arts after this!   You’re truly an inspiration in our field and I am so glad to have you in my professional circle.  See you on the message board Jess!

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Help Women Create a Balanced Life

Here is an article recently published at I hope you enjoy and please take a moment to reflect on the way that we can help others along their journey simply by sharing what we have learned. Happy Holidays and may 2010 be a year of many blessings and prosperity.

When I first started speaking before women’s groups, I was invited to teach 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® to a group of women in a substance abuse support program. I’ve never admitted this before, but I confess I was surprised to find myself an outsider in a room full of NORMAL women! I entered that room amazed to find it filled with women from all walks of life. Each found a way to distract herself from her life’s problems. Each had used what was available to her: legal prescription medication, alcohol, illegal street drugs, and even food! Every woman brought to the circle a unique problem, and all had a common goal of being well. And they were all independent, intelligent, problem solvers. Just like most women! They had successfully found a way to cope with an underlying problem. Unfortunately, they had trapped themselves with a coping skill that was interfering with the rest of their daily lives!

I explained The Secret Language of Feelings® and I got Goosebumps watching them, as I always do with each class, when the “aha” moments start coming and they begin to realize and understand they aren’t to blame. Coping is what we do as humans! We aren’t taught how to deal with our emotions, nor even learn what our emotions are for. Some of us get lucky, learn quickly, and sail through life. Others of us get caught up in the cycle of destructive distraction. Oh, I myself know the distract cycle very well. I’ve ridden through destructive cycles with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and food. Once I understood my emotions and used 7th Path® to uncover and correct my erroneous beliefs, I was able to delve much deeper into understanding who I am, accepting myself exactly as I am, and even loving myself. Learning 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® and The Secret Language of Feelings® changed my life forever.

I was humbled to witness the melting pot of connected women in that 7th Path® class as they shared their stories, intimately and emotionally. For five weeks I watched them heal themselves with self-esteem, love, compassion, and the power of knowing who they were and had always been. Every week we added more glue to strengthen the building blocks they already possessed, allowing them to seek out the answers they needed inside of themselves instead of using destructive distracting cycles. Those women taught me so much. First, that substance abuse has no culture or class boundaries. Secondly, that the healing power of a group of women is so amazingly strong. Each of them came into that group alone, seeking help, the only common bond, a woman in trouble; and over a course of five weeks they nurtured, supported, and bonded with each other while they each found themselves. My continual learning never ceases to amaze me and it always excites me when I start a new class; because I know along the journey we walk together, that the students shall become my teacher and I too will learn.


If you are interested in becoming a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Teacher check out my 2010 training schedule. The next 10 day training begins March 1st in Orlando, FL. Details at

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NGH Newsletter: AAEH Merges with the NGH

Association to Advance Ethical HypnosisNational Guild of Hypnotists

According to the latest National Guild of Hypnotists Newsletter, “Dr. Dwight Damon, president of NGH, Inc., and Dr. Walter Brackelmanns, president of AAEH, announced this week that the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis is officially merging their membership into the National Guild of Hypnotists.”

This is important because the AAEH is the second oldest hypnotism membership organization, which was founded in 1956. The NGH welcomes the members of AAEH to its membership, and will have more information about the merging of the two organizations in its upcoming publications.
This comes at an interesting time in the history of the NGH, as 2010 is its 60th year. During its history, the NGH has always strived to “provide and open forum for a free exchange of ideas concerning hypnotism.”

I hope all hypnosis professionals will also take the time to learn more about the NGH, the one organization that is doing more to promote and guide the future of the profession of hypnotism. More information about the benefits of becoming a member can be found at

Information about the author: Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI is a professional Hypnotherapist and Instructor. He speaks on the topic of hypnotherapy and trains Hypnotherapists internationally. He is the C.E.O. and supervising Hypnotherapist at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. in Tustin, California. For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and training call (714) 258-8380, (800) 965-3390, or visit

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Teaching Students with a LIVE Demo

We just finished the first week of our November 2 week class yesterday. I am very pleased with the professionalism and enthusiasm of my students. They are already hypnotizing each other and seeing and experiencing hypnotic phenomenon up close and personal.

Choose a Teacher that does demonstrations: One of the things I think is really important when choosing a teacher is to choose someone who will not only explain to you about hypnotic occurrences, such as eye catalepsy, amnesia, anesthesia and post hypnotic suggestion at work, but will also demonstrate them with a live subject in the class.

What is compounding? Here is a demonstration that we got on video just yesterday using Kristina, one of my students, as my subject. Thank you Kristina! This is a demonstration of how a suggestion given in hypnosis and acted upon in hypnosis goes on to be acted on after a client is emerged using a post hypnotic suggestion. This technique is called compounding and is often confused with direct drive which is a whole other technique that hypnotists use.

Make sure you turn up the audio: Audio is a little low so turn up your speakers and every speaker on your computer.

I show my students how easy hypnosis is and how you can get hypnotic phenomena to occur simply by reading the scripts in the manuals we provide. I try to read the script verbatim from the manual in this demo to prove this. In my own practice, however, I word things a bit differently, so it’s kind of hard for me to stick strictly to the copy and when hypnotizing in front of the class like this. Good teaching moment: You can put things in your own words later once you are seeing your own clients.

The Elman-Banyan directive induction: I use this induction because the students have been using one like it. They are familiar with it and so I am also demonstrating how to read it and not sound like you are reading. Clients may not feel like you know what you are doing if you sound like you are reading.

Once Kristina is in somnambulism, signified by losing the numbers (this part is left out due to save a bit of time) which she indicates to me raising her finger, I know she is now ready for the compounding technique, complete with a post hypnotic suggestion for re-entry into trance upon me my tugging at my chin.

You don’t have to pull your chin like I did. In fact, this demo is called the “Tie Tug” because the guys usually pull their ties. You could also tug your ear or touch your nose when doing this technique.

My subject’s reaction to the technique: When Kristina closes her eyes automatically she shakes her head in disbelief and I giggle. This is so much fun! Later she tells the class she was very surprised at how powerfully the suggestion worked.

Thanks, once again, to Kristina and my entire November class. I love teaching hypnosis! Hope to see YOU in my next class which is in March of 2010. For more information please visit at

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When Choosing A Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy School Or Trainer, Consider These Points…

Hypnosis Training and CertificationWhen selecting a hypnosis school or trainer, of course we hope that you will pick a Banyan Certified Professional Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Instructor. However, no matter who you pick or where the school is located, here are some important points you should always keep in mind. High quality training is essential to the ongoing success and development of the profession and to the professionals that practice in the field of hypnosis, hypnotherapy and hypnotism.

Can the school or instructor substantiate claims made about their training?

Most people working in the field of hypnotherapy are good trustworthy individuals who have received adequate training and have the proper credentials to do hypnotherapy and conduct training. However, it makes sense to check them out. It’s easy for individuals or schools to say they are "one of the largest" in the world. Call them and ask them to substantiate this. Call their certifying organization and ask if it is true.

At the Banyan Hypnosis Center we have conducted over 30,000 hypnosis sessions since we opened in 1996. We attract an average of 40 to 50 new clients per month at our center. We have been called "the best ever seen" by a representative of the National Guild of Hypnotists. This is one of the best kind of environments in which you can learn to do hypnotherapy. When you learn at the Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc. or from one of our Certified Professional Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Instructor (CPHIs), you learn from hypnotherapists who have great training and substantial experience. This means you learn practical techniques that work. There is simply no better way to learn professional hypnotherapy.

How large are the classes?

Obviously, the larger the hypnosis training class is, the more difficult it is to maintain high standards of training. Ask how many students there are going to be in the class. You need to be able to ask questions and have them answered in an unhurried way during the course. Because of the nature of this work, and the intensity of the training, large classes may cause some students to be left behind. If classes have more than 16 students it may be necessary for the class to be broken down into smaller groups, or that there be more than one instructor.

Banyan CPHIs tend to keep the hypnosis training classes small so that we can make sure that each student is able to get individual attention so that the class meets his or her needs. We are even able to make small adjustment for each class so that special topics are covered that are of special interest to our students (i.e., hypnosis with children or more time on hypnosis for analgesia). Typically, our class size is 12 to 14 students, but in no case will a class for our NGH Certification Course held at Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services exceed 16 students

How much supervised practice and skill-building time is given during the course?

Obviously, a student is going to be able to refine her skills and build sufficient confidence to do the work, only if sufficient time is given in class to attempt and master the techniques covered in class. Ask, how much time is given during the courses for the development of these important skills, while being supervised by a certified and experienced Hypnotherapist? The number one cause of hypnotherapist failure to develop a successful practice is that he or she did not develop a sufficient level of confidence and competence during the training.

CPHIs set their classes so that students practice the techniques they are learning nearly every day. Because of this, they graduate with confidence that they can competently use the skills that were taught during the course. Practice is done under the supervision of a highly skilled and experienced Hypnotherapist so that the skills that you develop are good ones. You are not left to practice on your own at night, without supervision. It is our experience that this can lead to the development of bad habits that are difficult to unlearn, once the problem has been developed. Only perfect practice make for perfect performance. Our certification course averages 10 to 14 hours of scheduled practice time.

Does the instructor still see clients?

Unfortunately, there are too many individuals out there who only teach how to do hypnosis, and don’t really do hypnotherapy themselves! They never really earned the right to teach you by spending time in the hypnotist’s chair themselves. Some are entertainers and will be fun to watch but you won’t really learn what you need to learn to be successful as a Hypnotherapist. Some are writers and can write book after book (mostly by doing research, meaning, reading other people’s books) but will not have practical experience that can make all the difference between success and failure when you see your clients.

When you learn hypnosis from one of our hypnosis instructors, you are learning from professionals who see clients. They are real Hypnotherapists who use what they teach on real clients. They walk the walk and not just talk the talk! Calvin Banyan, MA, CI, BCH has conducted thousands of individual hypnosis sessions, and continues to do so. He also supervises several other Hypnotherapists at the Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc. and is a consultant to Hypnotherapists from around the world.

Is the school or trainer licensed to do adult education in their state or province?

It might not even be legal for the "school" or instructor to be providing adult education in the area where you are. States like California and Minnesota (just to name a few) require that the instructor or institution be licensed to provide hypnosis training.
Each Banyan Hypnosis Instructor is required to conform to all legal requirements where he or she teaches, and is fully licensed, insured and bonded to bring you our classes and courses as required by law.

Be careful of "schools" that ask you to buy materials before you even enter their courses.

Some instructors seem to teach for only one reason. They want to sell you their books, tapes and other materials, and they will require that you buy them before you even begin their program. Make sure that all the materials that you are required to buy are included in the cost of the tuition or are listed plainly so that you don’t get any surprises. The National Guild of Hypnotists Certification Course does NOT require you to buy or read any books other than the materials that you receive when you take the course. The cost of these materials are included in our NGH course.

The Banyan Hypnosis certifications contain all of your required materials. All materials are included in the cost of the courses. No additional purchases are required. In fact , we include, at no extra charge, materials that go beyond those required by the NGH. We also offer additional books, tapes and training videos for those who wish to purchase them and continue to learn more, but are not required to do so.

We include the following materials in the National Guild of Hypnotists Approved Banyan Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Certification Super Course:

  • Level I – Student Manual, covering fundamentals of hypnosis, modern approaches to hypnosis, ethical concerns, waking suggestion, suggestibility testing, hypnosis scripts and more.

  • NGH Membership For One Year! After you complete the program you become a member of the world’s oldest and largest hypnosis organization, which offers many more benefits than mentioned here.

  • Calvin Banyan’s and Gerald Kein’s book, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: Basic To Advanced Techniques For The Professional, and indispensable guide to conducting successful hypnosis sessions, using waking suggestion, direct suggestion and age regression techniques.

  • Level II – Advanced Hypnotherapy Manual: 5-PATH and 7th Path. This cutting edge manual is constantly updated with the latest techniques and procedures used at Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc. It includes outlines on the important procedures, like Age Regression Therapy and Forgiveness Therapy. It is also filled with scripts and directions on how to write you own effective hypnosis suggestions and scripts.

  • Get On the Path and Program Yourself for Success, the manual that you will learn how to use when teaching the 7th Path Self-Hypnosis Process to clients and students. It shows you how to use this unique mind-body-spirit approach to hypnosis.

  • Chevreul’s Pendulum, used in class to demonstrate suggestibility and uncover unconscious material. Every hypnotist should have one.

  • BRING AN EMPTY SUITCASE! You will need the extra space to take everything that you get in this class back home with you. PLUS, to aid you in getting everything that you want for your business, there are discounts available during the course on just about every book and tape that you find on this web site and more!

Does the school offer ongoing support free of charge?

Any good school or training organization should offer you additional sources of information for ongoing professional development, such as books, video and audiotapes, advanced workshops, and even one-on-one consultation time with an experienced instructor. But, do they offer fast answers through free online resources?

After completion of our hypnosis and hypnotherapy certification courses,we provide you with all of the resources that you need for ongoing professional development, plus some extras!

  • FREE web page on our site! Any graduate of one of our hypnotherapy courses gets a free web page! Wow! You can start getting clients in your area right away.

  • Easy ordering of books, tapes, videos, cassettes, etc. online via our web site, email or by telephone.

  • Advanced Hypnotherapy Workshops provided throughout the year. An example would be one of our courses on how to do hypnotherapy for weight loss or addiction.

  • Join our FREE online groups where our Graduates from all across the USA and around the world can ask questions, share experiences and more. You will also have access through this group to hypnosis scripts and procedures that are updated as they are continually developed at Banyan Hypnosis Center For Training & Services, Inc.

  • FREE answers to questions over the telephone and email. We regularly answer our graduate’s questions about hypnotherapy. This kind of support is free to our students because we find that most questions of this kind can be answered in just a few minutes. Knowing that when this kind of support is at hand greatly increases confidence and the speed in which you grow as a Hypnotherapist. Our success comes from your success.

Do graduates of the program receive certification by a nationally-recognized organization?

Anyone can start an organization and call it the "National" this-or-that. But hypnosis organizations have been coming and going for years. When you become part of an organization you want it to be the best. The organization that you belong to should have a strong membership and a long history. There should also be considerable ongoing benefits after you have joined.

Our Hypnotherapy Certification training results in you becoming a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). We are proud members of the NGH ourselves. It is the world’s oldest and largest hypnosis organization. It has been influential in shaping the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy for 50 years. The Guild is active with individual states and the national government, working to encourage the professional practice of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in all 50 states.

Members of the NGH receive many benefits including the best annual convention, professional journals, newsletters, ability to become insured, local chapters and much more. So, come to the best place to train, get certified…

Information about the author: Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI is a professional Hypnotherapist and Instructor. He speaks on the topic of hypnotherapy and trains Hypnotherapists internationally. He is the C.E.O. and supervising Hypnotherapist at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. in Tustin, California. For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and training call (714) 258-8380, (800) 965-3390, or visit

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Hypnosis Training for Professionals in the UK

I trained with Cal Banyan in the summer to teach his 5-PATH® Hypnosis and 7-Path Self Hypnosis® here in the UK and Europe. I am really excited at bringing this Advanced system to the UK.

I became a Hypnotherapist in the first few years of this century studying at The Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy here in the UK – I started seeing clients and was excited every time someone called – it was a learning curve and I soon realised that the basic knowledge I had needed to grow. I went on many courses and it was a further 3 years until I came across 5-PATH® Hypnosis through a friend – I was hooked into a system which could help 99% of my clients – I went out to the USA and was trained by Cal Banyan. I saw my income double overnight – I had more confidence, more knowledge and was giving clients exactly what they wanted – good value help (I was the most expensive in the area!) – I had what I was looking for – success, a system and I was welcomed into the 5-PATH® community – I was no longer a one man band!

I see this system as a structure to which I can attach some of my previous and subsequent learning’s – I find it easier to see my 8 clients a day and feel good at the end of the day – something I have heard other trained Hypnosis professionals are unable to teach.

For 3-4 years I have been playing with the idea of training as a CPHI (Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor – I was not ready – however this year with over 1000 clients treated with 5-PATH® I trained with Cal Banyan and about to teach my first course.

Last weekend I went to the APHP (Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy) Annual Conference in London and was asked – ‘if you have the best system why are you here?’ I answered easily – ‘Yes, I have one of the busiest UK Hypnosis Centres however to be the best I have to keep up with training and I would never be arrogant and say there is nothing new to learn’.

I will be teaching both 5-PATH® Hypnosis and 7-Path Self Hypnosis® here in the UK and Europe – I have enquiries from further afield so in this instance – the world is my oyster! or

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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Is A Leading Edge Career

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Is A Leading Edge Career

Calvin D. Banyan, MA, BCH, CI

Hypnotherapis Cal BanyanWhat is hypnotherapy? When a professional uses hypnosis to help people make healthy changes in their lives, he or she is doing hypnotherapy. The Hypnotherapist takes on a role similar to the Physical Therapist or the Occupational Therapist, often working independently or with professionals from fields such as medicine and psychology.


Is Hypnotherapy A "Stand-Alone" Profession Or Only A Particular Kind of Therapy?
The use of hypnosis in medicine was first approved and recognized by the American Medical Association in 1958. Now it is becoming a leading edge profession that is helping people accomplish their goals for health, sports, business, and much more. Often hypnotherapy is found to be effective when more traditional therapies have had no significant affect.

At present, hypnotherapy can be considered a stand-alone profession where hypnotherapists work independently with their clients. It is also a profession that provides a service that is complementary to almost any other human endeavor (i.e., medicine, psychology, counseling, education and sports enhancement). Did you know that many Olympic teams use hypnotherapists? Did you know that some major league baseball teams use hypnotherapists to get their valued players out of a slump? Did you know that one of the fastest growing areas in hypnotherapy is in the area of natural childbirth?

Who Should and Perhaps Should Not Use Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy?
The Hypnotherapist is the only professional who is trained to work directly with the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind. This allows for astonishing successes when conventional attempts have failed. Hypnotherapy can be highly effective in helping people overcome problems which cannot be helped directly through working with the conscious mind. Emotions originate in parts of the mind that are not under the control of the conscious mind. Hypnotherapy can be highly effective for issues that have an emotional component. Areas where this can be of vital importance are addiction, chronic illness, chronic pain, self-esteem, relationship issues, repressed memories, motivation, phobias, stress management and more. In all of these cases, reducing or removing painful emotions can be an important aspect in the successful treatment.

As you can see by the list, hypnotherapy is usually used by normal everyday people with normal everyday problems. Hypnosis is less commonly used by mental health professionals who work with people who have been diagnosed as suffering from a mental illness. The use of hypnotherapy in treating people who are mentally ill is still in the early stages. More research needs to be done in the area of working with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and sever mood disorders.

Hypnosis and Science
Significant research is occurring at universities around the world, demonstrating that hypnosis is real and that use of hypnosis can have real measurable affects on the brain and other tissues of the body as well as effecting behavior. Thanks to modern medical equipment and procedures such as Positron emission tomography (PET), scientists are showing that effects of hypnosis are different and more profound than the effects of mere imagination (The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis, Scientific American, July, 2001). In addition to hypnotherapy done with a Hypnotherapist, universities are now mounting evidence that self-hypnosis can also be a powerful tool when learned from a qualified instructor (The Journal of Family Practice 2001; 50: 441-443).

Hypnosis Training
Hypnotherapy as a profession is not commonly taught in colleges and universities. Individuals who would like to learn more about the use of hypnotherapy or becoming trained in hypnotherapy need to look at schools which specialize in hypnosis training. When selecting a source for hypnosis training, we recommend that you contact reputatable organizations such as the National Guild of Hypnotists, or the state agency responsible for licensing schools.

Becoming a Hypnotherapist has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. The field of hypnotherapy has provided me with the ability to help people that I never could have helped by doing talk therapy. It has also provided me a way to help them more quickly than doing talk therapy would have. If you are already in a helping profession such as medicine, psychology, counseling or related a field, I would encourage you to look into hypnotherapy training. If you are not currently trained or licensed in professions such as these, and you are interested in training in a career that rapidly helps people make good positive changes their lives, I would also encourage you to look into this fast growing profession. Advanced degrees are not required to enter into training which leads to certification. Only certification courses that are of at least 100 hours in duration are recognized in all 50 states.

Information about the author: Calvin D. Banyan, MA, CI is a professional Hypnotherapist and Instructor. He speaks on the topic of hypnotherapy and trains Hypnotherapists internationally. He is the C.E.O. and supervising Hypnotherapist at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. in Tustin, California. For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and training call (714) 258-8380, (800) 965-3390, or visit

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Were You Born to Help Others?

To have a successful hypnosis practice, you have to not only do sessions, but also do office work.

To have a successful hypnosis practice, you have to not only do sessions, but also do office work.

Were you born to help others have happy fulfilling lives?  Are you looking for a new career or a way to bring in additional income?  Are you a therapist, nurse, or counselor who needs some new life breathed into your work?  If so, a career in hypnosis may be a good fit for you. 

Please read below an early article about what it was like for me when I began my journey as a hypnotist.  This article, though written about 3 years ago, still has a lot of validity.  If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.  To find out more go to

The Frugal but Professional Practice (Part 2)
By Celeste Hackett

In this article read about:


  • The Hairy Hypnotist of Houston.
  • How to Do a Sniff Test.
  • The Cheapest Malpractice Insurance You Can Get.
  • The Lagniappe Method.

In my last article I addressed several things which I think are important when starting your hypnosis practice without a lot of money. One was get good business training, so that you can organize your office and handle in-coming calls efficiently. Another I mentioned was to consider working from home (I work from an apartment in Dallas.)

Working from your home is a great way to get started right away for many people, so let’s explore this a bit more. There are ways to work from home no matter how little money you have. I only had about $2000.00, but you could begin with as little as the price of a used recliner, business cards and flyers.

Most of my initial working budget was spent on my website, (right at about $1000.00), brochures, business cards, video recording equipment, and a yellow pages ad. Before I actually set up my business I also got a good deal of training and training materials, so I am not counting education in my start up cost. This article assumes that you already have decent basic training as a hypnotist.

Now even though I say that working from home is great for many people I did not say ALL people. For instance, people who are not relatively decent house-keepers, and those who collect clutter are a couple of examples who should not work from home. But, my friend, opinions are just that, opinions.

The Hairy Hypnotist of Houston

I once knew a cat fur-covered man in Houston, a 65 year old bachelor, who worked from his old and decaying bachelor-like home (as a family counselor –often dabbling in waking hypnosis) and he loved to do it his way. He only charged $20.00 for an hour and ½ and he was very talented. So, for people like me who can over look tons of cat hair (and cats) and dust for the right price (and results) he was a God-send. In fact, he had people flying in from all over the country to see him! So keep in mind there are exceptions to every rule.

Now, Lets talk about your cute doggy, or is it your cute kitty? Do not work from a pet-centric home unless you can keep the noise, odor and friendliness under control. My husband and I would really like a cat, but lots of people are allergic to cats and those little four legged-furry people can be very neurotic. I once had a cat that would jump at any door and meow loudly until I would let him in no matter what room I was in.

I have to admit right here and now, though, that I LOVE going to shops that have a cat running around. It feels homey. So maybe it would be okay if you had one of those quiet independent cat types. If you really want to work from home and you can’t afford an office and you love your little Bowsers or meowsers, I guess you could give it a try. If it doesn’t work you will find out soon enough. Or you could consider becoming a niche hypnotist. You could put an ad in the local Pet Gazette and call yourself The Pet Lover’s Hypnotist. Personally, I don’t think you’ll really be able to make a living at it.

How to Do a Sniff Test

Thinking of pets brings me to another point, smells. Do you take out the garbage regularly? Do you cook a lot? Do you change the cat’s litter box every day? Do you even realize that your house smells like last night’s popcorn? Working from home you are more likely to have odors that you wouldn’t have in an outside office. So, I’ve made it a rule, at my apartment, to step outside on the balcony before clients come in and take a few breaths of fresh air. I then come back inside and do the sniff test. This may seem silly, but it’s very important because, let’s face it, once you have been inside with an odor you easily overlook it after a while.

Also, you should consider working outside of the home if you are in an unstable or emotionally explosive relationship. It’s important to be in a calming environment where you are supported and encouraged. When I first started learning hypnosis I was in a relationship with a “person” who was very critical. I actually tried seeing clients from our home in between bouts of arguing, and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to concentrate on hypnosis or my clients needs at those times. It didn’t help that I also was always afraid he might do something or say something that would embarrass me in some way. Luckily, I got the heck out of that relationship!

So, what about safety issues? Anytime you work from home you take on some amount of personal risk. Yes, there are bad people and bad things do happen to perfectly nice people every day. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to always be very honest and fair. I make sure that even if a client doesn’t get exactly what they came in for, they at least get some benefit and they leave feeling good about themselves and that causes them to like me. I also am very careful not to make false claims and I do not guarantee success.

The Cheapest Malpractice Insurance You Can Get

You may find it interesting to know that also, safety, in terms of being sued for malpractice, could boil down to how nice you are! In the book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, shares information showing that in analyses of malpractice lawsuits there are highly skilled doctors who get sued a lot and there are doctors who make lots of mistakes and never get sued. There are also an overwhelming number of people who suffer injury due to negligence of a doctor and never file a malpractice suit at all!

After further investigation Gladwell discovered that what comes up a lot in malpractice cases is that patients say they were rushed, ignored or treated poorly. He quotes a leading medical malpractice lawyer, Alice Burkin, who says, “People just don’t sue doctors they like.” This lawyer also states that she has never had a client say, I really like this doctor, and I feel terrible doing it, but I want to sue him.” She says they come in wanting to sue some specialist, and when she tells them, “We don’t think that doctor was negligent, we think it’s your primary care doctor who was at fault.” They then say something like, “I don’t care what she did. I love her and I’m not suing her.” So, your best malpractice insurance may be your tone of voice, your undivided attention and your sympathetic expression.

Even though I believe being nice is probably the best malpractice insurance you can get, I do not mean that you should forego REAL malpractice insurance. I get mine through American Professional Agency, INC. Their number is 1-800-421-6694. I pay only $116.00 per year, but will have to pay more as I see more clients.

Another important thing to do is use your instincts. When someone calls Family First Hypnosis, I very simply tune into my gut and I suggest you do too. Since I have worked many years both in person and on the phone with the general public(I was a major market radio announcer), I quickly get a pretty good feel for whether or not I have a person with a problem or a problem with a problem. If you are not a good judge of character, DO NOT work from home!

Also, I make it a rule to see male clients in the afternoon when my husband is home(I have a very supportive husband who is as quiet as a mouse). I did have one male client I scheduled in the morning while my husband was at work. Not only did my intuition give him the okay on the phone, but he wanted to schedule himself, his wife and niece for a group session. Bad men don’t usually want to bring a wife and niece with them. I don’t do group sessions, so I declined. He went on to book a one-on-one session for himself anyway. As I suspected he turned out to be a fine person. But note, that yes, I took a risk. Hey, everything in life is a risk.

The final and most important thing to keep yourself safe is to meditate, do 7th Path Self-Hypnosis®, or some other spiritual alignment or inner cleansing effort. Many hypnotists surround themselves with light or spiritual protection while in an altered state.

Someone who was into the concept of Karma once told me that I should be more careful anyway, because I could also be unknowingly bringing bad past karma from a former life into this one. Well, if that is the case, and meditation and right action are not enough, it seems to me the piper would have to be paid sooner or later whether I work from home or an outside office, right? In the mean time I get to help people while enjoying all the comforts of home.

In my next article I hope to show you how to make your hypnosis practice more friendly and palatable to clients who might think hypnosis is weird no matter if you work at home or not. If I have time and space I hope to also include my personal budget that I use for my office here at Chisolm Place Apartments. You will be amazed at how inexpensive it is to have a practice from home!

The Lagniappe Method

Before I wrap up I want to offer you an idea, something we Louisianan’s call Lagniappe. (I’m originally from central Louisiana, but I lived in New Orleans for 8 1/2 years.) New Orleans, before its sad demise, was full of lagniappe. Lagniappe means “a little something extra.” You get lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap) when you order a dozen oysters on the half shell and they give you 13. Or when you buy a new hammer and a box of nails comes with it.

If you believe like I do that what goes around comes around, or you reap what you sow then it is worth considering using this lagniappe method in your hypnosis practice. Many 5-PATH֭™-ERS (hypnotists who practice the 5-PATH™ system of hypnosis) offer to teach 7th Path (A special self-hypnosis that can be used for on-going self-healing and is influenced by meditation.) or they offer the book The Secret Language of Feelings for free. These are planned lagniappe offerings. But opportunities for employing spontaneous lagniappe may be even more powerful.

An example of a spontaneous lagniappe opportunity happened to us yesterday. A client, who lives and dies by her day timer, accidentally left it in my office. Even though, her place of employment was out of the way, my husband willingly drove over and returned it to her. She was very grateful indeed. In fact, she was so touched by the gesture that she told several of her colleagues all about the wonderful hypnosis experience she had just had. When my husband arrived with the day planner he was bombarded with questions about hypnosis and our business!

To illustrate further I’d like to offer a bit of lagniappe from me to you. This “little something extra” is made especially for hypnotists who are very gustatory like me. So, here you go an unexpected freebie for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I appreciate you.

Wicked-Good Hypnotic Cookies
(Do not eat while driving)

1 ½ cups of oat flakes
1 ½ cups of whole wheat pastry flour
1 ½ tsp aluminum free baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup corn oil
½ cup of water
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup of toasted sunflower seeds

Stir it all together. Use an ice-cream scoop or a 1/3 cup measurer to scoop out. Put these large mounds of batter on the cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes for 375 degrees. Eat them carefully. They are known to cause deep trance.

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My Hypnosis Career Journey

By Tina L. Shafer CH, CPHI

When I first started out as a hypnotist in 1999, I wasn’t really trying to have a business; I was just looking for the answer to weight loss! After all, I had my hands full with being a mom and a wife and getting to know a new community. In 1998 my family relocated to Michigan, where I met a very nice woman hypnotist at a local festival. She was offering free relaxations at her booth and I was working a booth nearby. My husband saw me watching the crowd around her and after a while whispered to me, “She’s a hypnotist; you should go talk to her.” I quirked my eyebrows at him with that look, “Yeah …Right!”

I had never met a hypnotist before, had no idea really what a hypnotist even did, but I was curious and she looked friendly and harmless. So I kept my eye on her and in between visitors, we struck up a conversation. Of course I asked the usual questions, “Does that hypnosis stuff really work?” and “You won’t make me quack like a duck, will you?”  She invited me into her chair for a sample relaxation and all I could think afterward was, “Wow!” I had no idea how important that pivotal moment would become in my life.

I had uncovered the solution to my own weight loss issue with hypnosis, and I was hooked! I started realizing how much everyone could use this process to make changes in their lives, and began looking for the best trainers and programs. I received my first hypnosis certification in 1999. It was good training but I really didn’t have the confidence I needed to comfortably see clients and help others.

In 2003 I took a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Workshop given at The Hypnosis Center near St. Paul Minnesota. Wow again! What a life changing process that workshop was for me, another pivotal moment. All I could talk about on the way home was how I wanted to get certified to teach what I had just learned. As a natural born leader with a passion for teaching I wanted to spread the word and share the solution with others.

After training with Cal Banyan to become a 5PATH® Consulting Hypnotist and a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Teacher (in 2004), I knew this was the stuff I had been looking for. I was truly advancing my own personal growth while at the same time developing a successful career. In 2006 I made the decision to become a Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor (CPHI) and again trained with Cal.

The Hypnosis Success Center (HSC) officially opened in 2006, I love that the programs I teach are approved and recognized by the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest, long standing hypnosis organization in the world, and I know it gives my students confidence as well. In 2008, HSC received the first year permit to become a Michigan State Licensed Private Trade School and in 2009 it became official! HSC was licensed through the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth – Proprietary Unit as a Hypnosis Career Training School.

Now…looking back to 1999, before that day of meeting the hypnotist at the festival, if anyone would have said “Tina, you are going to become a hypnotist, and own a state licensed school where you train professionals in the art of hypnotism…” I would have quirked my eyebrows and said, “Yeah …Right!” But hey, you just never know what the Universe has in store for you! So now you know my hypnotism journey so far. If you are interested in adding hypnotism to a current profession or changing careers, here are the first steps to your journey!

  1. Seek out professional training!  The 5PATH® System is perfect for building confidence in beginners and teaches advance techniques that even seasoned hypnotists certified in other modalities seek out. PLUS, you get to learn 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® which will tremendously advance your personal growth and development.
  2. Make sure your certification training program is approved by a reputable organization such as the National Guild of Hypnotists.
  3. Check that the training school you chose is state licensed and/or adhering to local laws. If they are not, your certification will not be valid.
  4. Does the instructor have experience with seeing clients and teaching students? You want a well versed instructor that is seeing clients and practicing what they teach.
  5. Interview your instructor and their past students. You want to know that your instructor is going to be there to answer your questions after your training is complete and you begin seeing your first clients.

For more information and training course dateslocations being offered through the Hypnosis Success Center check out or call me any time at (517) 266-8700.

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