Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I have been away from this site for a long time, tending to
real life things. I am happy to announce that I have been
granted permission to live in the United Kingdom on a
What this means for my practice, is that I need never have to
consider changing the practice name or location again, a big
Sunday, January 29, 2006
I wonder if any of the members who blog here have gone so far as to place a recognizable brand to their hypnosis practice via registration of a US trademark or service mark? or if in practice in another country, through such registration at the Designs and Patents office of one's own
I know I have basically sprung up from nowhere; this is because I am beginning a hypnosis practice from scratch in a brand new country of residence.
I was certified as a C.Ht in Dec, 1984. At that point in time, I was a bit
too busy raising four children to go into practice. By the time the last child
left the nest, there was both a market glut in my home city of Chicago, and
a change in attitude in the field of hypnosis on a major scale.
State after state in the US was changing the law as far as hypnotic practice went. Illinois itself had a narrow escape from a rider bill that would have required all clinical hypnosis practitioners to both obtain two degrees in healthcare related fields, then serve a two to three year non-paid internship under an established hypnotic healthcare practitioner after certification for hypnosis before being allowed solo practice rights.
New York allows no one to call what they are doing "hypnotherapy", unless the person is a licensed healthcare providor. Indiana only allows
issue-resolution hypnotism to be practiced in the state if the practitioner was trained by an Indiana board-approved and licensed school. The problem with this is...there are no such schools approved or licensed by the state of Indiana!
If there is a board licensed psychologist or Licenced Clinical Social Worker in practice of hypnotism in the same neighborhood as a lay certified hypnotist, that layman's practice will automatically go begging unless he or she established themself first. The layman might as well in
such a case move his practice to a new neighborhood.
In the face of these obstacles, when I remarried and my husband asked
where we were going to live...Chicago or England, I immediately said,
"England of course"! With a more open market, I saw opportunity
You may find Hypno-Systems UK at the following Web address:
I hope my readers enjoy this blog. I admit to being opinionated and not being afraid to state those opinions; they are only placed here to give one
practitioner's view of the state of hypnosis today.
From "as one thinks, so will one be", we approach "change your thinking, and your state of being itself will change".
Back to our cancer patients. Patient B having received the attitudinal message from his doctor that "there is little or no hope", may well decide within himself that this is indeed true.
His immediate future path may include putting his affairs in order, informing relations and friends that he has little time left to him, then possibly indulging himself in all the things he feels he has missed in his life. After all, in his thinking he now has nothing left to lose.
But what is happening in his body at this point? My personal theory (and it is just that; a theory...please do not take this for gospel truth unless it is proven true in future), is that the inner mind receives this "I give up" message, and electrochemically it is passed to the cancer cells themselves as: "be fruitful and multiply without restraint, as there will be nothing to stop you". Therefore the malignancy may accelerate beyond its normal rate of growth.
Patient A, having received the attitudinal message that "there are ways to fight this", will decide that he is NOT giving up without a fight, the inner mind receives this message as well, and (again in theory) the inner mind passes this message electrochemically to the invading malignancy, potentially slowing the growth rate of cancer cells.
Patient B was normal in his thinking until his physician's attitude altered his thought path in a negative fashion. Patient A had a normal thought path that was altered in a positive fashion and direction.
Inner thought can therefore be literally a matter of life or death...?
f you ask a hypnotist how the
hypnotic state helps to solve problems within a client, the answers
will vary from practitioner to practitioner. Some will say the whilst
in the hypnotic trance, the client's subconscious mind acts upon
suggestions the hypnotist presents to it.
Some, in the Ericksonian fashion, will state that the client's unconscious mind (a term Dr Erickson himself tended to prefer to 'subconscious' mind) internalizes the hypnotist's suggestions and finds
meanings relevant to his past or current sphere of life experience. The client then applies these
extrapolated meanings to solve the presenting issue.
Still others will say that no one is quite certain of just how hypnosis works!
I have my own thought-set here, which is a sort of three-way combo.
It begins thusly: "As one thinks, so one will be." Quite a lot of life's problems, begin at the mind-level. Let's begin by separating the word "disease" into its components, "dis" and "ease".
"Dis" is most often used to mean "a lack of". When one does not feel well, one defintely has a
"lack of ease". The unwell feelings can be at the physical or mental level. And medical science
has admitted that the mental level of existence can and will affect the physical level.
A forceful example: Patient A and patient B each submit to a full medical workup with their
selected primary healthcare providor. Each receives the same diagnosis: early-stage
This is where the story digresses. Patient A is told this by a doctor that does not consider
the stated disease (there's that 'hook' word again) an automatic death sentence when
diagnosed at this early stage. He is also aware of complementary therapies, which
can supplement standard treatment though they can in no way be considered cures
in and of themselves. He is very careful in his explanations and statements of this
to the patient, making them in a way that gives said patient a positive outlook on both
his current diagnosis, and his future prognosis.
Patient B however has a doctor who believes that there is no cure for cancer, and no
matter how aggressively early-stage treatment is persued, the ultimate end is the shortening
of life; and though he immediately schedules his patient for evaluation by an oncologist
(cancer-specialist), he also transmits, quite imperceptibly, his own belief in the hopelessness
of the initial evaluation and subsequent treatment.
Patient A is more likely as a result of his/her perception of the attending physician's attitude
and beliefs applying to the situation to completely recover from this ordeal; whilst patient B
will pick up on the doctor's attitude of the hopelessness of the situation, and perceive him/herself
as doomed to death.
This can be considered a demonstation of positive vs negative 'everyday hypnosis'.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
I consider myself, though fully certed in standard hypnosis and hypnotherapy technique, a self-taught Ericksonian hypnotist. Self-taught of course, due to MHE's own short-sightedness and wish to keep hypnosis out of the lay province, most especially his unique form of induction and utilization, which though taught by members of the MHE Foundation, is very hard for most hypnotists to master in its entirety. Even those with the required two degrees (one each graduate and undergraduate in healthcare-related areas only).
Nor do I claim to have total mastery of these powerful intervention paths. I use what works for my clients, and what is beyond my skills of practice I leave well alone.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
I hope that none of my readers ever have the problem of an entire web being deleted...I did and nearly lost the right to this blogspace as a result.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
You can expect to see some written activity in here fairly soon.
The following entries are just some placeholder text set up as the default so the blog is not empty. The new owner will be in shortly to edit these and enter their own text and comments. Until then you will see this text.
A special thanks to everyone who helped out to make this Blogosphere a reality. Take a look at our credits page for the low down on all that.
I have automated the sign up form for new blog requests. If you are a Hypnosis Professional, advanced or just starting out, I invite you to sign up and use the new HypnoBlog web site as your own. You can find out more about that here.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Blog is short for weblog. Although the actual word weblog seems to me to be pretty short as it is, the Internet, in it's infinite wisdom, has taken to shorting it to Blog, we suppose this is to save space. By whatever name you call it Blogging has become one of the fastest growing areas on the Internet today.
One of the best things about blogging is that you can present ideas, concepts, situations or hypothetical ones about anything and then open it up to comments from your readers and visitors. Often you may find that the comments offered by your readers will provide more value and insight into the topic. Sometimes they prove you right or perhaps offer up an opinion in opposition, but either way it is a value added to your original blog post.
Another advantage of the Blog format is to have a place where you can post your in-depth articles and comments and then simply link back to them from other forums, newsgroups and online groups. This makes posting into other areas a breeze as you can simply post links back to your supporting written words.
Monday, December 26, 2005
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