"The best advice is to practice your techniques over and over again. All of the real learning happens in the practice."
Carolyn is a Denver-based Hypnotherapist with a passion for helping people achieve their goals and live an intentional and meaningful life.
(Carolyn is currently accepting new hypnotherapy clients.)
Our Burning Questions
Tell us about your business. How Did the Idea to Become a Hypnotherapist Come About?
My business started as a Reiki service. I didn’t even know what hypnotherapy was until I discovered the Schaefer Institute of Hypnosis. I came to find out very quickly, how wonderful hypnotherapy is, and how underused and misunderstood it is in general. I've found that hypnotherapy has a similar affect on people as Reiki, in the sense that it can only be understood by experiencing it. It’s a mysteriously simple way to manage the conscious mind when the conscious mind is notorious for being unmanageable. The truth is that hypnotherapy came to me in a divine way. I wasn’t looking for it, but I believe it is exactly what I needed. In the beginning, I thought Hypnotherapy was something I could offer in addition to Reiki, but it has quickly become the main modality I offer because of its effectiveness.
What Are the Highlights and Low-Lights of Being a Hypnotherapist?
I don’t feel right calling anything about Hypnotherapy a lowlight, but for me, I think a bummer about hypnotherapy is that it is not painted in a positive light in the media, which is the most common way people learn of hypnosis. Some of the more skeptical folks have thought I was testing them or going to make them disclose their innermost thoughts and secrets. People’s misconceptions aren’t all that bad because they can become opportunities for educating them about its uses and benefits.
The highlight is definitely when people emerge from trance and look bright-eyed and happy. It’s very satisfying to know I helped them access their own resourceful state. It never gets old seeing people looking clear, calm, and confident. Showing people their own abilities using the various trance states is a solid demonstration of the power we each have inherent in our physiology and psychology. It’s truly amazing from both the practitioner and client perspective to experience hypnosis.
What Is Your Favorite Method for Relaxing Your Client? (i.e., Progressive Relaxation, Elman Fractionation, etc.)
So far, I have enjoyed the eye-breathing induction the most. I like how this one tricks the brain, it feels really cool to feel yourself sink into relaxation by doing something as simple and as common as opening and closing the eyes.
What Is Your Special Focus in Hypnotherapy? (i.e., Phobia, Habit, Stress, Coaching) What do you love about it?
At this point, I'm still narrowing down a focus. I've noticed a lot of my clients come to me because they feel blocked in some way, and want to feel free of the constriction or limitation they can't identify. It's become apparent to me that a lot of these blocks are erroneous thought patterns that were transferred to that person in their past, even childhood. It's gratifying to help these clients feel accomplished when they can transform those thoughts using imagery and visualizations.
Have You Experienced Burnout? If so, What Methods Do You Use to Spark Your Passion?
The burnout that I have experienced is within a single day of seeing multiple clients. I noticed that after my 5th client in a day, I don't have much stamina left to offer. I mitigate the fatigue by limiting the number of clients I see in a day. Even though I enjoy it, the deep level of work and attentiveness does wipe me out.
If You Started Your Hypnosis Business Again, What Things Would You Do Differently?
For now I don't think I can answer this one, I'm really just getting rolling!
What Valuable Advice Would You Give New Hypnotists Starting Out?
The best advice is to practice your techniques over and over again. All of the real learning happens in the practice.
What 3 Books Do You Feel Were Instrumental in Your Development as a Hypnotherapist?
A Course In Miracles is the most influential book for me because it teaches about the mind in a simple way. It claims anything that you think of that makes you feel good is a True thought. Thoughts that make you feel bad are not true. I believe this is the foundation of hypnotherapy also. I believe that how we think and process information determines how we feel. The other two books I would recommend are Selling Emotionally Transformative Services, by Todd Schaefer, and Butts In Seats: How to Get Clients and Launch Successfully as a New Local Business. I use these like my bible!
List Any Books You Have Written or Collaborated in with the Amazon Link
The Grateful Soul: The Art And Practice Of Gratitude