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February 5, 1964
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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
As a Client, Currently Studying, Part Time Practice
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Hi Rick: Thanks for your comments and the information. Pretty much all of my hypnosis subjects have come to me for what I think of as "pragmatic" objectives -- stopping smoking, releasing weight, going back to the gym. So I don't get much feedback about how they feel, per se. They're either keeping to their schedule at the gym or they're not, for example, and that was what I was reinforcing with hypnosis. Most of my subjects don't need anything in the way of therapeutic intervention of any kind with respect to being gay, or topics associated with that -- they're fine with their sexuality, they just want to do something practical. I'm a pretty practical guy, all things considered, and I think if someone wanted to do emotional work I would refer them on to a therapist. My main interest is in doing simple work at a very basic level.
So the feedback I get is, "I'm back at the gym three days a week, thanks!" or "I'm back smoking, I think I need another session." I just think that gay subjects respond a little bit better to hypnotic language that includes concepts like "accepting" and "self-determined", but since I have little experience at hypnotizing straight people, who knows? It could be the same for everyone.
Hey Rick: That will be interesting, to hear back how hypnosis integrates into your coaching practice. If you work with gay clients, that would be even more interesting (not that there would be any major differences, but I'm curious to know if coaching/hypnosis for gay clients works differently for you in small details or approach). Almost all my hypnosis subjects so far have been gay and I tweak the standard imagery in inductions/deepeners a bit to make it more welcoming. ("Accepting" as well as "calm" and "peaceful", for instance.)
Hey Rick: Because of the nature of my coaching practice, which is affiliated with a non-profit promoting gay men's health issues, I've agreed not to mix hypnosis with coaching in that context (nor do I charge for my coaching, it's volunteer work). I am working with two professional coaches who occasionally arrange a hypnosis session for a client to improve their focus on tasks. But most of my hypnosis work is with exercise motivation and allied topics, primarily with bodybuilders.
I'm hopeful that at some point in the future I'll be able to open my own coaching practice and offer the mingling of coaching with hypnosis. How does it work in your practice?
Hey Rick: Welcome to the GLBT Practitioners group. Not much happens (like many of the groups here) but I thought it was important to be visible and I'm glad you agree. I hope you find your time here useful.