This letter is in response to Mary Pilon, a sometimes writer for The Wall Street Journal regarding her article on Hypnosis for Financial Angst at this link: http://marypilon.blogspot.com/2008/11/hypnotists-in-todays-wsj.html
Dear Ms. Pilon: I read with great concern your article, “A Hypnotic Answer to Financial Angst.” As a former college journalism scholarship/internship recipient, I was disturbed by some errors in facts.
Case in point: 1. Hypnosis is not part of psychology. It is a standalone profession with it’s own specific employment code. 2. There is a wide range of training options between (a) taking a hypnosis course in a Psych department and calling yourself a hypnotist and, (b) taking an on-line course. I had over 600 hours of training when I graduated from the PATH Foundation. I require my students to have a minimum of 250 hours of training, classroom and practice.
I have an MBA; therefore, I come from a consulting background, not healthcare. The biggest difference between my practice and Laura Ryan-Day’s is that I would get the same results or better in five sessions or less. The paradigm I come from is not the Western allopathic medical model. I view myself as a cross between a computer programmer and a coach. I coach my clients about how to change their view of reality (Just like Keanu Reeves learned in the movie “The Matrix”) and since with hypnosis, your beliefs create your reality, I get fast results. Most non-health care hypnotists are like me.
I’ve been doing anxiety sessions for ten years now. They generally take five sessions. I’ve never had anyone come for 30 sessions for the same problem. I’ve only had a handful of clients in ten years come for that many sessions. When they do, it is because they use hypnosis like other people use massage, to relax and unwind.
Regarding anxiety clients, one medical student exclaimed after just three sessions, “Did I really come here for anxiety? I’m not anxious.” She proceeded to email her counselor of several years and tell him, “I haven’t been seeing you because I’ve been seeing a hypnotist. This stuff really works!! You should enroll in training.”
You seem to have fallen prey to the same scam being foisted on other unsuspecting writers by the American Psychological Association, and that is: People have to have medical training to be any good as hypnotists. Quite the contrary, Ms. Pilon. Wouldn’t you rather go to someone who practices full time instead of thinking of the process as only one of many tools? Would you take your computer to a brain surgeon to get it fixed? I constantly have clients tell me they wish they had come to me YEARS ago instead of spending all that time and money in counseling.
I will gladly match my abilities against any counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist in Texas, when it comes to anxiety. I will be happy to provide you with a list of others, like Jacob Bimblich, who could make the same claim. We’re tired of constantly reading that we’re not as good, safe or reliable as “health-care” trained professionals. I see at least six articles per year that make this same unsubstantiated claim. Is that really your idea of good journalism? I’m surprised a newspaper as venerated as The Wallstreet Journal allowed such shoddy editing.
I encourage you to attend our on-line Global Hypnosis Summit in March, to which I have already made certain you will be invited. Come see for yourself that we do IN FACT know what we’re talking about. And, if you’re ever in San Antonio, please be my guest for a free session. If you can’t make it here, please visit my youtube channel at www.youtube.com/mooreinspire and have a free anti-anxiety session on the house.
Best wishes, and thank you for helping hypnotists like me to set the record straight.
Director, San Antonio’s Wellness Center
If you are one of my satisfied clients, or have otherwise benefitted from hypnosis by a non-healthcare professional, I urge you to let Mary know.