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 www.hypnosiscenter.com.)

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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 www.hypnosiscanbeyoursolution.com or call me any time at (517) 266-8700.

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Help Wanted! Hypnotherapists Needed To Fill Demand

Calvin D. Banyan, MA, BCH, CI

Hypnosis Training by Cal BanyanHelp wanted! Many more Hypnotherapists will be needed to fill the demand for this emerging profession and training is available in Orange County, California. Recent feedback from professionals about this hypnotherapy training goes like this…

Samadhi (Ph.D.) says, This is an incredibly well-thought out process.

Cory (Ph.D.) says, The skills I’ve learned can benefit, not only a clinical population, but are useful in everyday experience.

Hans (M.Ed.) said, Very useful and practical application of techniques of formal hypnosis.

Kinshasha (M.A.) said, …the most important class of my life! A My personal growth, thinking processes and outlook on life are changed.

Roseanne (R.N.) said, I believe that the information given and techniques in this course are the most valuable tools I have ever received to use to assist people in their healing process.

Rebecca (B.A.) This is so much more than I ever expected.

Tracy, a teacher (B.S.) reported, I found this training to be life changing.

What all of these professionals have in common is their new understanding of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, a powerful way to help people make long lasting positive changes in their lives. (Client and student comments and letters are on file at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. office.)

As an experienced Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Instructor, leaving conventional "talk" therapy behind, and focusing exclusively on hypnotherapy has simply been one of the best moves I have ever made professionally. I now get right to the root of the problem (the subconscious issues) and my clients rapidly overcome the old issues that have been holding them back from being successful. And, it is much more satisfying to get results in so few sessions!

Hypnotherapy is astoundingly effective. Last year while teaching a NGH certification course, I was showing a training video that showed me working with a client, and an astonished Clinical Psychologist proclaimed from the back row, I can’t believe what I just saw! You just accomplished in about 20 minutes what I have been trying to accomplish for seven years! After the class she asked to be taken on as a client!

Hypnotherapy done right, using some of the most powerful techniques, applied in a systematic approach (such as in the 5-PATH® system) literally leaves other psychotherapies in the dust (i.e., cognitive, analytic, and behavioral). Talk therapies often take months or years, with the first two to six sessions usually accomplishing little beyond being "get acquainted" or "goal-setting" sessions. When working with a Hypnotherapist, for the vast majority of issues, for the majority of people, the process will be completed in about that many sessions! This kind of efficacy and efficiency is very attractive to clients, which will most likely make it the first choice among self-improvement technologies in the future.

Hypnotherapy is a stand-alone profession or it may be a part of other professions such as psychology, psychiatry, counseling, teaching, coaching or even the ministry. Generally, a Hypnotherapist works independently or alongside such professionals by referral. The areas in which a Hypnotherapist can practice is almost unlimited. Clients at The Hypnosis Center, Inc. come to us for help for issues like habit control, addiction, weight loss, overcoming fears, anxiety and trauma, as well as improving mood, self-esteem, personal performance and family issues. Medical issues commonly include pain management including Hypno-Birthing. This list goes on. A well trained and experienced Hypnotherapist can help clients either as the primary helping professional or in a complementary role to another professional working on any problem (psychological, mental, even physiological as in the case of physical illnesses with a psychosomatic component).

Unfortunately, colleges and universities are not turning out hypnotherapists! Established educational institutions rarely offer courses in hypnosis or hypnotherapy that lead to certification. And, those that do are generally out of date when it comes to teaching modern hypnotherapeutic techniques. For modern practical hypnotherapy training and certification (certification is required to practice in Minnesota) you must turn to one of the national hypnosis organizations. I recommend the oldest and largest, the NGH (certification does not require a degree but does require a minimum of 100 hours training).

When selecting an instructor, I recommend that you make sure that the instructor is certified as a Hypnotherapist and Instructor by such an organization. He or she should be in practice (not just instructing) and have client and student testimonials ready for you to see, as well as have professionals that you can contact to ask about the quality of training.

Hypnosis has been recognized and approved by the American Medical Association since 1958. Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist are professional titles recognized by the State of Minnesota and the United States Government and are listed in The Dictionary of Occupational Titles, published by the United States Department of Labor.

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 www.hypnosiscenter.com.)

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