Hi! My name is Christopher Minor, Master Hypnotist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Where do I even start? How about with the #1 question I get asked. How did you end up doing what you do?
Well... It all started when I was 19 years old with a less than satisfactory explanation of hypnosis in a psychology class at my local University.
4 years too early for YouTube I did what everyone did back then when you wanted to know something, I went to the library. Unfortunately, learning from books without hands on training did not go well. Luckily for me, my path took me to Las Vegas! Home to some of the world's greatest street and stage hypnotists. It was there that I fell in love with hypnosis. Over the next 5 years I learned the art of street, stage and impromptu hypnosis. To this very day I still perform stage shows as The Funny Hypnotist as well as high-energy seminars and speaking engagements. This has been a fantastic way over the years to educate people in a fun, and engaging way about the power of their minds, and their ultimate control over it.
Now I know what you might be thinking; This is supposed to be about therapy, not Las Vegas and hypnosis shows! I get it!
I originally thought the same thing! So much so, that during the 2 years of my therapy training I did my utmost to keep them separate. I believed that while hypnosis is an integral part of hypnotherapy, stage hypnosis is not. At least that is what I thought.
After graduating I discovered that while the training was extremely good and very thorough, it felt limited. Being a trained and qualified therapist now I figured I should probably look into why I felt that way. I'll save you the suspense, the limitation was me. You see by separating those two parts of myself I created an invisible wall for myself. Kind of like the ones that border countries, states and provinces. There isn't really a wall there but we all live our lives like it is. Once I removed that, I found when I integrated techniques reserved for street and stage hypnosis into my therapy, my clients got better and faster results. It was this single obstacle removal that encouraged me to go off and really look at how therapy is performed in today's society. I wont bore you with the details or statistics, so I'm just going to say the results were, not stellar.
Again being the trained and qualified therapist I am, I thought I should figure this out so I don't become one of them. What I came to find was, the majority of therapists, much like myself, receive training and then do nothing more than what they are taught and how they were taught it. Sure they may attend seminars, training and other continuing education, but are they integrating any of it? Are they really taking the time to understand why and how it all works so that they own it and master it? Not many ever do. Realizing this, I began tearing apart all the processes and models currently used in therapy. What was the purpose of the process? How did it apply to the mental model? What was the formula within the process or model to achieve said result? Surprisingly I came to the conclusion that a lot of the current techniques and processes were either redundant, incomplete or just unnecessary. No wonder therapy takes so long and why there are a billion different kinds.
Three years after I had graduated; What started as a way for me to find the best techniques and processes, turned into the creation of my own unique processes, techniques and models. If a technique was incomplete I completed it. If a model was weak I coupled it with another model to boost it's effectiveness. If a process was redundant or unnecessary I rebuilt it or re-purposed it so that it now provided value within a therapeutic setting. It seemed like just a smart, common sense thing to do. When you are looking to create space and flexibility within your work, you understand the nature of your work fully and completely and make it yours. This however does not seem to be the natural case within the therapeutic community and it was around this time that I made a very profound realization. The most successful hypnotherapists were not using other people's models and methodologies, they were using their own.
Now, each and every year I use these processes and techniques to help people overcome blocks and obstacles preventing them from being the person they want to be. To this very day I continue to research, define, refine, and create new and exciting models and programs. In 2020 when everything was closed and locked-down I created a brand new 10 session program designed to help put people firmly in control of their lives.
To me this isn't work, it isn't a job. It is a passion to serve and be of use to my fellow humans, and I absolutely love it.
Christopher Minor, CCHt