When I was 12 years old I developed an interest in Hypnosis and I even learned the subject however,I have had some issues with turning that into a career. There are of some fundamentalist people who believe Hypnosis is the work of the devil. Some have even said that manipulation is witchcraft although I tend to think they misinterpret the use of the term manipulation with teh term manipultion that actually is part of witchcraft. By Manipulation in Hypnosis I mean influence but 'not to cheat or otherwise hurt people. I cannot really make people do something against their will. Knowing that it won't help everybody makes me feel as though It would be cheating someone if they didn't benefit. I could never do anything that didn't provide value and their is no guarantee with Hypnosis. I do feel that I know about as much on the subject to be effective with it on some or most people. The third issue is that I have heard it is much better to have a small business that employs people and that the self employed are worse off than thise who are employees. Do you have any thoughts on any of these topics.
I personally think hypnosis is great! I've tried it in person and I've listened to hypnotherapy audio too. It's been really helpful.
If you are well-versed in hypnosis you definitely have the skills to help people! You can help them overcome their limiting beliefs and help them gain confidence as an example.
It sounds to me tough like you are speaking from a defensive place. But people who are fundamentalists and/or have misconceptions about hypnosis are not the people you need to speak to, or care about in any way. If you think about them you will hold back, become defensive and even afraid (for the judgement).
Think instead about the group of people you most want to help (your target market), and what you most want to help them with (your specialty). Speak to them and their problems. Talk about how you can help them.
(Why were you attracted to hypnosis? What did it help you do or overcome? People with similar problems who need similar help could become a very heart felt target market for you.)
So here are a couple of questions for you:
Please answer the questions silently for yourself, ok? :) I think it will help.
(Regarding the self employed vs employed vs business owner: I think it all depends on what kind of life you want to create for yourself and what makes you tick. It is also not such a clear-cut thing; you might start out as self employed and later employ people and become more of a business.)
I've been through hypnotherapy and yes, it is effective. Hypnosis is another form of coaching that cuts through the emotional barriers that keep people stuck in neutral, so to answer your question with a question, do you have the skill set and personality to become a life coach? An additional trait that a good hypnotist has is an excellent, well-modulated voice. This may seem like a goofy thing, but remember - your voice is what is going to guide your clients through various mental exercises and if it is harsh, grating or otherwise distracting, clients may end up ignoring the meat of the session because they are so put off by the voice. I speak here from experience - my hypnotist had two interns with whom I worked (he made a point not to be the sole provider in order to avoid the possibility of transference) - one had been trained initially to be a sports broadcaster and the second could have read the lyrics to Battle Hymn of the Republic and made them sound like a bedtime story. Guess which one was more effective? Finally, you've addressed the stereotypes and misconceptions about hypnosis in your note - are you ready and willing to do some educational PR as part of building your practice? You may have to go on local radio or do in-person lectures at local churches to overcome the ideas that hypnosis is akin to voodoo or goes against the will of God somehow (my personal opinion is that rather than going against the will of God, hypnosis is a tool that connects people to their God-essence and overcomes the lies Satan has told them.) It may take several months of this kind of PR before you can attract clients. A career as a hypnotist is valuable and viable - you will be helping people help themselves, you'll see results that in many cases are nothing short of miraculous, but you do have to be a strong advocate of this kind of coaching / therapy in order to deal with the negative stereotypes that are associated with the profession.