Hypnotist Vs. Hypnotherapist

I'm a Hypnotist

I’ve positioned myself as a hypnotist instead of a hypnotherapist. The main reason is in recognizing that hypnotherapy sounds like therapy and that’s not my sandbox to play in due to the legal definitions in Tennessee.

Lets define a few terms to create the context for us to be on the same page.

Terms Defined by Merriam-Webster

hyp·​no·​tism | \ ˈhip-nə-ˌti-zəm

Definition of hypnotism

1 : the study or act of inducing hypnosis — compare mesmerism

hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs
plural hypnoses\ hip-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz

Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

hyp·​no·​ther·​a·​py | \ ˌhip-nō-ˈther-ə-pē

Definition of hypnotherapy

1 : treatment by hypnotism
2 : psychotherapy that facilitates suggestion, reeducation, or analysis by hypnosis

As usual the dictionary gets us close but still leaves out a lot of nuance. Also they don’t have a listing for Hypnotist.

Framing What It Is That I Do

Books have been written around what hypnosis is, and what a hypnotist is, and how hypnotist do so much more than just hypnosis. But to simplify things a bit I like to summarize it like this:

Hypnotist: I leverage any and all trainings that I have available to me to help you get the result you desire. Some of those trainings involve Hypnosis and NLP certifications. Many of those trainings are ongoing education from podcasts, Facebook Lives, and YouTube from experts in their field. I get weekly trainings on hypnosis because I enjoy geeking out on it.

Of course results may vary from person to person. I guarantee the very best training using current information and appropriate hypnotic techniques for your type of situation.

What it is that I do, as a hypnotist, is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease, but rather it is intended to provide information, education, and motivation that will help to you live to your best potential and guide you toward being more effective in helping yourself.

Where Do I Work?

I work with clients just about anywhere as long as we can get our schedules to line up and if we can understand each other, by utilizing online services such as Zoom. I work with people, or groups, 100% online for pure social distancing

If I was searching for me I might google “Hypnotherapy Nashville“, since I’m in Nashville. But I suggest “Hypnotist Nashville” would be a better search. And again, while I live in Nashville, Tennessee, that is only important when it comes to lining up our schedules. 

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