Regular readers (and I now have five, some of whom aren’t even related to me) might be wondering when I’m going to get around to blogging about hypnotherapy. Either that or change the name of my blog. Well the time has come and the name’s not changing.
It’s not that I’ve been deliberately avoiding the subject, just that I’ve kept being sidetracked by other things I wanted to say. And if I’m honest, I have been sort of avoiding it because of the big elephant-in-the-room question, “Why do you want to be a hypnotherapist?”. I suspect this question may reveal another elephant in the room, then another, until I can’t move for elephants. Be that as it may, it’s a question I really do have to try to answer, not least because if I apply for a course it’s probably something I’ll be asked.
So lets tackle elephant number one. Why do I want to be a hypnotherapist? And right on cue, in walks another elephant. This one appears to be wearing a tee-shirt with the slogan “Do you REALLY want to be a hypnotherapist?”. Yes Mr Elephant, I do – can I get back to your friend now? He was here first.
The second elephant is still here, looking at me. I think he wants something, but I don’t know what. Maybe if I throw him a bun …
Okay, so complete the sentence “I want to be a hypnotherapist because …” in an apt an amusing manner using twelve words or less.
I want to be a hypnotherapist because it looks interesting, I could use it to help people and I feel the need for a new challenge in my life. That sounds lame, even to me, as well as inviting two more elephants into the room – I’ll leave it to you to design their tee-shirts. It also vastly exceeds the word limit but I could probably cut it down.
I want to be a hypnotherapist because I originally wanted to be a psychotherapist but the training takes forever. This is partially true, in that I did start out by looking at psychotherapy training and realised I really didn’t want to commit to a course of that length. However, hypnotherapy isn’t a second-best option for me – while looking for information on psychotherapy training I came across a lot of hypnotherapy courses and soon found myself investigating them with increasing interest.
The second elephant has just left the room – I think I’ve given him what he wanted.
I want to be a hypnotherapist because I’ve always kind of fancied it and I find some of the stuff Derren Brown does on TV fascinating (even though that’s closer to stage hypnosis which I don’t approve of and he claims he’s not really using hypnosis or NLP or anything like that). And I’ve read of couple of Paul McKenna’s books and I know most serious hypnotherapists think he’s an egomaniac who’s in danger of bringing them into disrepute but he does seem to get results.
I really can’t say that at an interview with the UK College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Can I?
I want to be a hypnotherapist because … it’s complicated and I can’t even explain it satisfactorily to myself. It’s tied in with my need to help people and make everybody happy because maybe then I’ll stop feeling guilty about heaven knows what. So it’s linked in with my own psychological issues but at least I recognise it and can admit it. And it does look interesting and I think I’d be good at it.
I think the elephants liked that answer. I’d ask them but they’ve gone.