"As hypnotists, we have to hold space for our clients. As such, I always make sure I show up with clarity and an open mind to LISTEN to my client."
Jonny Torgersen was born and raised in Oslo, Norway. He moved to the United States in 2009 with a vision for a new life and currently lives in San Diego. Jonny is a board-certified hypnotist. As a result of working with him, people experience significant shifts in their lives, both emotionally and mentally, to be better able to live closer to their inner truth. Jonny’s clients report back that they overcome fears that are decades old and become ready to take on new opportunities in their lives. Jonny creates life-changing experiences that allow his clients to have breakthroughs that not only heal but create a renewed sense of happiness and a more fulfilling trajectory in life. His work brings the hopes and visions of his clients to fruition and allows for the internal freedom they desire. Get in touch and learn how to create change in your life and experience breakthroughs in your relationships, finance, and health.
(Jonny is currently accepting new hypnotherapy clients.)
Our Burning Questions
Tell us about your business. How Did the Idea to Become a Hypnotherapist Come About?
I've always been fascinated by the mind and human behavior. While I had heard about hypnosis, I didn't always know about it. It wasn't until 2017 when a client from the company I worked for told me she was a hypnotist. Out of curiosity, I started asking a million questions. We decided to grab lunch one day to talk more. At the end of our lunch, I looked at the time and 4 hours had gone by! Needless to say, I had learned a lot from her experience as a very successful hypnotist. Having never experienced hypnosis myself, she graciously decided right there and then to join me at the beach and did a hypnosis session with me. I was literally MESMERized and experienced firsthand the power of hypnosis. I was hooked and she took me under her wing and mentored me. I became certified as a professional hypnotist in 2018 and have had my own part-time practice since then.
What Are the Highlights and Low-Lights of Being a Hypnotherapist?
I wouldn't necessarily say I have any low-lights as a hypnotist. I will, however, emphasize that I didn't always know how to approach working with a client with an, to me, unfamiliar challenge in their life. If anything, that kept me on my toes and I would do hours of research and come up with new methods of helping my clients.
The highlight of that is that today I feel very confident as a hypnotist. By researching and learning from many different experienced hypnotists I have gained many new methods, techniques, and ways to approach a new challenge. And in turn, the satisfaction and breakthroughs my clients have are definitely the ultimate highlights!
What Is Your Favorite Method for Relaxing Your Client? (i.e., Progressive Relaxation, Elman Fractionation, etc.)
While I will usually change up my relaxation methods quite a bit depending on what I feel would be best for the clients I'm working with, I do have to say that my favorites include focus and relaxation techniques that I learned from the world-renowned hypnotist, Tom Silver. These methods are quite rapid and involve using the client's physical body to help them relax. This even works beautifully on virtual sessions!
And I just love guiding a client through progressive relaxation methods and seeing the relaxation in their face and body. Then I know they are in a state of perfect receptivity!
What Is Your Special Focus in Hypnotherapy? (i.e., Phobia, Habit, Stress, Coaching) What do you love about it?
I'd say the top two challenges my clients bring to me is anxiety and stress. So many people live in a constant state of anxiety and I tell them, "Congrats - you're already hypnotized!" This is a perfect way to explain to them that we all experience hypnosis every single day in different ways. Then I invite them to use the power of hypnosis for good to instill healthy thoughts and beliefs in their minds which lead to healthier behavior. We are hypnotized by the things we focus on, so why not change what we focus on so we can live happier and healthier lives!?
Have You Experienced Burnout? If so, What Methods Do You Use to Spark Your Passion?
As hypnotists, we have to hold space for our clients. As such, I always make sure I show up with clarity and an open mind to LISTEN to my client. They are trusting us with their time and money. You will not feel good at the end of a client session if you show up already burned out. Needless to say, a lot is required of us to be present, and thus, I make sure I plan my life around my own self-care so I can give of my overflow.
If You Started Your Hypnosis Business Again, What Things Would You Do Differently?
That is a great question! I never started out doing hypnosis out of a financial need, more like a hobby that turned into a business, so I didn't have the financial pressure to make it all work. This, however, allowed me time to make sure I learned my craft and felt confident in what I do. I got as much experience working with as many different people as possible. I quickly learned to develop a more dynamic and flexible approach and read a client's needs.
What Valuable Advice Would You Give New Hypnotists Starting Out?
To anyone thinking of starting a hypnosis practice, I'd encourage you to get an accountability partner that you speak with once or twice a week. Start writing down all your business goals and break them into action steps. Share with your accountability partner what you want to accomplish and have them check on your progress the next time you speak. In turn, do the same for them! It's amazing how much progress you'll make if someone holds you accountable for what you say you are going to do!
What 3 Books Do You Feel Were Instrumental in Your Development as a Hypnotherapist?
1. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (not directly a book on hypnosis, but great for understanding the human mind and psyche.) https://amzn.to/3DIGJuK
2. Journey of Souls by Michael Newton (super fascinating about our individual soul journeys) https://amzn.to/3oO62VP
3. Any book by Tom Silver! https://amzn.to/3xaOmYe
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Whispers From The Heart, soon be published by As You Wish Publishing!
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