I started reading clinical psychology books at age 15, literally a book a month. I got my degree in psychology in college. And I've read hundreds of psychology books since college. Hypnotherapy was just the next step up.
I'm a "medical hypnotist" in that I help people with severe issues by using both my knowledge of psychology as well as my understanding of the power of the mind.
The following are the tools I use to help people, beginning with the most important:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Stress Management Techniques
- Visualization Techniques
- Progressive Relaxation Techniques
- Autogenic Training Techniques
- Pain Free Childbirth Techniques
I also offer stage hypnosis in regards to helping Corporations because of my knowledge in Medicine and Stress Management.
As for "comedy" stage hypnosis for schools and parties, anyone with half a brain and a very limited knowledge of hypnosis can entertain people. It takes very little knowledge of hypnosis to say "relax this muscle, that muscle, sleep, now dance like a drunken monkey."
My stage shows are different in that I don't push the useless comedy side, like having participants forget the number 7 or are unable to move their feet. Instead, I teach how the power of the mind can eliminate fear, anxiety and hopelessness, replacing them with strength, confidence, optimism for the future and in seeing obstacles, once viewed as road blocks, now as mere speed bumps on the road to success and happiness. And I do it in a light-hearted way that can get the audience to laugh and more importantly, take away tools that they themselves can use to live a better life.