I got a letter the other day that got me up on my Honest Hypnosis soap box and starting to “rant” a little bit… (Don’t you just LOVE a good rant? Me too!) I not only wrote about it, I recorded a very informational and transformational video about it. Definitely worth your self investment to watch it.
in case you’re a “reader” and not a “watcher” I included the word stuff here:
I’m interested in becoming certified hypnotist.
I don’t have much money, and don’t want to study months to get certified. I have seen 1 week courses. And I don’t want to take it online.
Who would you recommend? I’m in Sarasota Florida.
I have been studying hypnoses on my own for a year now, bought different online hypnoses.
Can I be honest? (I am the honest hypnotist after all)
1. you don’t want to spend money
2. you don’t want to study online
3. you don’t want to take months to get your certification.
My initial reaction upon reading your question is that you sound like a lot of people. “I want the result but I don’t want to pay the price or do the work.”
If you’ve really been studying on your own for a year and have already bought online hypnosis courses, what’s the real issue?
Are you aware that you can practice hypnosis in most states without any certification at all? Once you realize that you as a “hypnotist” actually do nothing and the client does ALL the change work (or resists the change work), you begin to relax and realize that hypnosis is really teaching the client how to follow directions and “selling” the client on the idea that they CAN change and in fact have ALREADY changed.
So my advice, if you’re not too pissed off at my honesty to hear it, is to Just start doing it. Live it. Breathe it. Read everything by Milton Erickson 2 and 3 times. read all the Richard Bandler books. Read everything by Robert Dilts. Anything about NLP (because NLP is really just an up to date version of “authoritarian hypnosis”)
But don’t call it Hypnotherapy, call it “Coaching” or hypno-coaching.
Start making money practicing by working with smokers and weight loss clients. And ultimately you will realize most online certifications are pure BS. Designed to hypnotize the students into thinking they are “ready” to practice hypnosis professionally when the truth is NOTHING prepares you fully to deal with the screwed up thinking of other people just like nothing prepares people to really be married… or have kids… or whatever you most want to do… other than actually hauling of and DOING IT.
You’ll also realize that most clients who say they want to change are full of sh*t too… They want you to MAKE them change without any work and minimal investment on their part. And what’s crazy is that if they really BELIEVE you are making them change, they will change. But they are still the ones who made the change.
Keep studying and practicing and getting feedback and more than anything else WORK on yourself and your own limiting beliefs, poverty consciousness and victim thinking (which is what we are ALL working on anyway BTW).
And when you’re truly serious about going for it, investing in yourself, honing your skills, truly mastering the field and actually making an abundant living as a hypnotist, you can apply for one of my expensive, 9 day “live, in person, hands on Practical” NLP/Hypnosis trainings as well as my practice building coaching programs and masterminds. check out http://ModernJedi.com for more info on those.
I hope that helps. Thanks again for your question!
Best of all things to you my friend!
Mark Shepard, CHt, NLPT
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