I’m a fully certified hypnotherapist!

Back in December, I graduated from HMI having completed 300 clock hours of course work. I previously posted the courses I took.

The next step was getting certified, I opted to only use the best and most strict certification. If you know me, you know that is exactly what I would do. It also happened that it was connected to the school which helped of course. Still 200 hours is a LOT of hours and there were times that I did not think I was ever going to finish.

However if there is one thing that I’ve learned from my hypnotherapist, it is to be resourceful. Always be resourceful. You have internal resources and there are external resources. Find one of them or more.

So as I was on Facebook, this one VERY annoying advertisement kept stalking me. I mean every single time I was on Facebook these two people (one asking for a haircut) kept popping up. Finally I said to myself, “Fine, I give up! Maybe I can get an hour or two of my clinical hours done.”

That site was Simbi and that helped me get another 80 hours, either directly or indirectly. I joined Simbi in Feb, end of March I turned in my paperwork. In exchange for hypnotherapy, I ended up getting so much of the things for the director’s award completed and my private practice launched! It was great. And yes as of today, I was notified that I do in fact get my director’s award from my school. Not only that but since I have always wanted to try to make hypnotherapy affordable to everyone, I now (via Simbi) can help get it to people who cannot afford it and I don’t have to set up my own system. Simbi can handle it instead. All I have to do is say it’s X points off Simbi and hand a card to tell them how to get on.

If I had a use “alt currency” on my bucket list, I would have gotten that crossed off.

Have you ever used alt currency or run on a barter service? How did you do it? Wanna check Simbi out?

Completed : 2017

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 3

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
I have already lived the life of a worried genius, I think I would much rather be the joyful simpleton.

22. Why are you, you?
Lots and lots of trauma in all likelihood which I have always tried to overcome.

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Loyal, kind, etc. Pretty much yes. I wish I had more people like me as friends to be honest.

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
Losing touch with a friend who lives close to you, you will always remember the pain of no longer having them by your side even when they are not far from you.

25. What are you most grateful for?
Breathing and having had a lot of crazy experiences in my life.

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
I experienced the latter, which was terrifying so I would suggest the former as I might be able to get through the trauma. I can relearn the things I need to know.

27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
No, you simply must challenge it in order to know what the truth is. Everyone gives you their own versions of the truth. You have to challenge it to see what is true. If it falls away, it is obviously not true.

28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Losing my brakes going down the mountain. Yes. It happened about a year ago.

29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
There have been a few times. The one 5 years ago was when GA-PCOM said stupid things about me being transsexual. That is the only one I can really remember from that long ago. It still shows that they are still discriminating. And they are. Of course it doesn’t matter to me because I got into a MUCH better medical school who also treated me like shit, but it still upsets me.

30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
Riding on my great grandfather’s lap in the mall in his wheelchair. He died when I was very young and I had a lot of positive memories even though most people think I should have been too young to remember him. He was a good man. Probably the best one in the family.

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I am now a hypnotherapist!

So I just finished my hypnotherapy program at HMI and I am pretty impressed by all they taught.  If I get more Ericksonian, I will be really happy, but I think I maxed them out for a while.  🙂

I will be honest, if I knew hypnotherapy might be “The One” I would have done it years ago.  I am very much in love with it and looked forward to my lessons each and every day which could explain why I completed a year long program in 2.5 months with such a good grade.

These were my total grades:

2-1 Quiz 2-1 – Hypnotic Modalities Completion Date: 10/12/2016 94
2-2 Quiz 2-2 – NLP Part 1 Completion Date: 10/17/2016 100
2-3 Quiz 2-3 – NLP Part 2 Completion Date: 10/21/2016 94
2-4 Quiz 2-4 – Ericksonian Hypnosis Completion Date: 10/31/2016 88
2-5 Quiz 2-5 – Kappasinian Hypnosis Completion Date: 11/09/2016 100
2-6 Quiz 2-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 11/11/2016 100
3-1 Quiz 3-1 – Hypnotic Regression Completion Date: 11/13/2016 92
3-2 Quiz 3-2 – Dream Therapy Completion Date: 11/14/2016 88
3-3 Quiz 3-3 – Hypno-Diagnostic Tools A Completion Date: 11/20/2016 100
3-4 Quiz 3-4 – Hypno-Diagnostic Tools B Completion Date: 11/27/2016 100
3-5 Quiz 3-5 – Hypnodrama Completion Date: 12/01/2016 100
3-6 Quiz 3-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 12/02/2016 88
4-1 Quiz 4-1 – Child Hypnosis Completion Date: 12/14/2016 94
4-2 Quiz 4-2 – Advanced Child Hypnosis Completion Date: 12/15/2016 100
4-3 Quiz 4-3 – Medical Hypnosis Completion Date: 12/15/2016 94
4-4 Quiz 4-4 – Fears and Phobias Completion Date: 12/14/2016 94
4-5 Quiz 4-5 – Defense Mechanisms Completion Date: 12/13/2016 100
4-6 Quiz 4-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 12/16/2016 100
5-1 Quiz 5-1 – Emotional and Physical Sexuality Part 1 Completion Date: 12/07/2016 94
5-2 Quiz 5-2 – Emotional and Physical Sexuality Part 2 Completion Date: 12/13/2016 87
5-3 Quiz 5-3 – Systems Theory Completion Date: 12/12/2016 100
5-4 Quiz 5-4 – Law and Ethics Completion Date: 12/11/2016 94
5-5 Quiz 5-5 – Sexual Dysfunction Completion Date: 12/15/2016 100
5-6 Quiz 5-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 12/16/2016 88
6-1 Quiz 6-1 – Low Blood Sugar Completion Date: 12/02/2016 94
6-2 Quiz 6-2 – Eating Disorders Completion Date: 12/17/2016 94
6-3 Quiz 6-3 – Substance Abuse Completion Date: 12/17/2016 100
6-4 Quiz 6-4 – Crisis Intervention Completion Date: 12/17/2016 95
6-5 Quiz 6-5 – Counseling and Interviewing Completion Date: 12/08/2016 100
6-6 Quiz 6-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 12/16/2016 100
7-1 Quiz 7-1 – Advanced Law and Ethics Completion Date: 12/14/2016 100
7-2 Quiz 7-2 – Advertising and Promotion Completion Date: 12/10/2016 94
7-3 Quiz 7-3 – First Consultation Completion Date: 12/06/2016 94
7-4 Quiz 7-4 – Habit Control Completion Date: 12/16/2016 88
7-5 Quiz 7-5 – General Self Improvement Completion Date: 12/16/2016 100
7-6 Quiz 7-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 12/16/2016 100
8-1 Quiz 8-1 – Mental Bank Seminar Completion Date: 11/15/2016 100
8-2 Quiz 8-2 – Mental Bank Review Completion Date: 11/15/2016 100
8-3 Quiz 8-3 – Hypno-Anesthesia Completion Date: 11/26/2016 100
8-4 Quiz 8-4 – Imagery 1 Completion Date: 11/28/2016 100
8-5 Quiz 8-5 – Imagery 2 Completion Date: 11/30/2016 88
8-6 Quiz 8-6 – Clinical Case Presentation Completion Date: 11/30/2016 83
9-1 Quiz 9-1 – Handwriting Analysis Completion Date: 11/12/2016 100
9-2 Quiz 9-2 – Handwriting Analysis Completion Date: 11/20/2016 100
9-3 Quiz 9-3 – Handwriting Analysis Completion Date: 11/26/2016 90
9-4 Quiz 9-4 – Handwriting Analysis Completion Date: 11/29/2016 100
9-5 Quiz 9-5 – Handwriting Analysis Completion Date: 11/30/2016 100
9-6 Quiz 9-6 – Handwriting Analysis Completion Date: 12/03/2016 100

Final Exam 94

Total GPA 95.

In almost everything I outscored the class.  Once I completed it, I had to wait for my tutor which I think is the main reason I didn’t complete faster.  My poor tutor has a lot of students and then there are people like me who send a bunch of questions through many subjects and then have to wait for responses.  At least I was smart and sent her questions from two parters as well as singles so when she sent me the answer to the multipartner I could immediately do the next one.

I would recommend taking the Handwriting part before the clinical cases.

I also earned a Certificate in Pre and Post Surgical Hypnosis and am now a certified advanced handwriting analyst.

Would anyone here be interested in experiencing hypnosis?  My practice is http://afterhourshypnotherapy.com

Completed: 2016


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Learn Hypnosis

I’m now a student at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in their advanced training course studying hypnotherapy. I did their basic course on my leave I’m not sure how great this is going to be since I have a distinct preference of which methods of hypnosis work well for me (I prefer Erickson to Kappas), but it is a very comprehensive course. I’m sure that I’m going to get a good education from them in a lot of the basics. And if I don’t, I can always supplement them and steal knowledge from my own hypnotherapist who is an Ericksonian. Most important is that I am able to get a lot of education done and I have support from them and others. I am kinda worried about my practice but that is likely because I have never set up a practice from scratch before and certainly do not have a ton of experience hypnotizing people before.

Their courseload includes:

Hypnotic Modalities
Clinical Case Studies
Hypnotic Regression
Dream Therapy
Hypnodiagnostic tools
Child Hypnosis
Medical Hypnosis
Fears and Phobias
Defense Mechanisms
Law and Ethics
Low Blood Sugar
Eating Disorders
Substance Abuse
Crisis Intervention
Counseling and interviewing
Habit control
Advertising and promotion
First consultation
Self Improvement
Mental Bank
Handwriting Analysis

Completed : 2016

Would you ever learn hypnosis?

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 2

11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
I attempt to defend the friend. That is really the only logical advice.

12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t take yourself too seriously, you will never get out of it alive!

13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Of course I would, I am not a monster.

14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
No, I pretty much know the difference right away first hand.

15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I live my life differently than most people. I tend to GZFs and live my own life. I network and learn languages different than most people for sure.

16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
I assume it is because we are all fundamentally individuals. What makes me sad, might not make others sad. To think we all would be happy or sad with the same things would be to imply we really are all the same.

17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
I really would like to travel the world but unfortunately a fair amount of that is time and money that I don’t have. It is certainly a disturbing thing that not long ago you could not get me to leave my house and now I want to travel the world.

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
I am holding on to fear and probably negativity which is absolutely true. I just don’t know how to get rid of it.

19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
I would most likely go to Israel because that is one of the few places in the world where I can actually go and be accepted. While I hate being around people, I normally cannot feel other Jews as they feel like an extension of myself, so the people didn’t bother me very much.

20. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
Not generally. Once is usually enough.

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Get a professional Massage

I always wanted to have a professional massage and when groupon told me I could have a complete spa day which included a facial, massage, foot bath, and wine, I was all for it. So that is what I did.

I am not sure if I am just weird or not, but I wish I had been able to pick the people who were to work on me. As anyone who knows me knows, I live as an Orthodox Jew who tries to respect and avoid touching a member of the opposite sex for modesty reasons. Unfortunately, I was assigned a member of the opposite sex… actually two so I was not fully comfortable.

The foot bath was interesting although far too short. The facial I didn’t understand since what I am used to a facial didn’t involve so much touching and so many steps and was not what I was used to seeing in the movies. The massage was far too light as well even though I asked them to literally put as much pressure on me as possible. I think next time I am just going to get a sports massage and see how that works.

Has anyone ever done both a Swedish massage and a sports one? Are there any other differences I should know about?

Completed : 2016

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 1

1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
There would be no way of knowing, if there is no way to keep track of time since time is in fact a social construct, there would be no true age. What does it matter as age is simply a number anyway and has no real and true meaning.

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Never trying because you cut yourself short. At least if you fail, you can at least say that you tried. To never try is to always ask, what if?

3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
Likely because everyone thinks they will live forever. None of us do of course, but we all act as though we have all the time in the world. When really we should be simply living every day as if it will be our last as one of these days, it will be.

4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Hard to say really, I have done a fair amount in my life, but I always want to do more.

5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
Open up more bridges of understanding as without such a thing we will never understand each other. Misunderstandings are a huge contributor of so many evils in the world.

6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Probably being a researcher and using the research in order to make the world a better place for underserved populations.

7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Most of the time I am doing what I believe in although sometimes I really wonder

8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
No college, no graduate school. Certainly I would not have applied to medical school a thousand times. I probably would have spent more of my time making sure I was right with HaShem. Certainly would have converted quicker.

9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
I honestly don’t think that I have controlled that much of my life. I have been trying to control my life but it seems that never really works as much for me. I have only just recently started to control things

10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
A mixture of both things depending on what the event is.

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Own a pointless collection

I had to think a lot about this thing to do as quite frankly I am the very model of a person with a pointless collection. Where do I start? I collect so many things.

First I have to ask what makes something pointless? By the very definition if it has meaning to a person, it probably is not completely pointless.

My partner thinks my huge collection of books in my library is completely pointless. As he does my Judaica, he cannot understand why someone needs one tallit much less four of them, all the tzitzit, plus all the kippot. And the mountains of gemstones that I have.

I think my most pointless collection involves parts of my money collection. I have literally hundreds of coins, which of course have a monetary value. I probably have the world’s largest collection of coins with my birthyear on it, frankly it is pointless to collect something that specific but I started doing it when I was very, very young and never stopped. I also collect any coins that are pre-1965 although honestly I do not know why.

However, the ones I guess are the most pointless is my collection of pre-Euro European coins and currency. Quite literally, the value is zero unless you are a collector of currency. I have binders full of coins and currency from other countries that are labeled. I believe my oldest is 19th century China. Pre-Euro currency in Europe is by far the largest of all of them. My favourite being the 1999 500 lei coin from Romania and the 2000 2000 lei bill from Romania. Those two are the ones that got me into most of this foreign coin collecting. They both celebrate the eclipse over Romania in 2000.

I cannot see myself stopping any of this any time soon.

So what is your pointless collection?

Completed : Never!
Started: Who knows? 83?

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Drink a vintage wine

Something I did not realize about vintage wine is that vintage does not mean it is old. It means that it is all from the same year which I always felt that meant that they were old since none of the wine I see in the stores tend to have a year on them. So when I was getting tired of the very limited wine selection at Kroger, I decided to purchase an entire case of kosher wine from KosherWine.com. I selected several wines, some Israeli and some not. Almost all of them had a year on them making them… vintage!

I selected the first one to be a 2012 Alfasi Mistice (a red wine from Chile) to be the first one to be tasted as quite frankly, it was the only one I purchased that was listed as semi-sweet or sweet on the bottle and I was too lazy to go to the website to see what the reviews said. Rosh Hashanah was coming up. On Rosh Hashanah, we eat sweet foods like apples and honey so I took the bottle’s word for it. I later looked at the reviews and it said chocolate which I could not taste. I would have noticed that.

The wine was quite sweet, in fact if this is what semi-sweet tastes like I am fearful of what a sweet wine would taste like. It was much sweeter than I would have liked, but an appropriate Rosh Hashanah wine. It was less sweet than Manschewitz but not by that much.

What was your favourite vintage wine?

An early l’shanah tovah as 5776 is coming soon!

Completed : 2014 / RH 5775

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Get Revenge / Confess

I suppose this is a confess and get revenge thing which allows me to knock off two of the “Things to Do” although some people in fact know and in fact it was encouraged by some of my rabbis (three different movements!)

I took in some people who lost their home in March 2013. Them and their three kids. Not the best situation but they were friends. Unfortunately they brought quite a bit of legal trouble with them because one’s mother was a sociopath. Unfortunately that spilled over.

Despite the fact I warned them not to give out my address to DFCS (the sociopath was sending out false complaints which meant DFCS has to investigate), my address was released. This started a court case which involved surprise visits by DCFS, lawyers, cops. We also had trespassers and PIs following us and scoping out the house. I at one point ended up assaulted and was without the use of my right arm.

In lieu of rent which I knew they could not pay (and originally I was not going to charge them since they were only supposed to stay for a week), they were supposed to just do a few things around the house like oh mow the grass, take out their own trash, and since one is very handy help finish the bathroom that they were using (I was giving all the supplies). Instead, I did their utilities, rent, storage, took their kid to school and the doctor, arranged a job for one of them, fed them, etc. Nothing was done and with my arm I couldn’t do much myself. And they just would not leave. One of them actually lied to me about what was going on.

Their presence was getting me in more trouble and was risking my health. According to the Orthodox rabbi I spoke to, I was under no obligation to provide assistance as they were no longer Torah observant. The Reform rabbi said I was taking on too much and was jeopardizing my health. Conservative rabbi said the same thing and demanded for my health I kick them out. But I couldn’t throw kids out.

Roommate’s mother pulled some lying crap about my house and attempted to get me foreclosed on giving me two weeks to move out. G-d forbid roommates helped with anything. Instead one just smirked and continued to lie about many things regarding their case, my involvement, my obligation, and when they were going to be out and gave the people who were supposed to be helping me grief.

So I tried contacting their lawyer to put pressure on them to get out like the court said. Couldn’t get a hold of their lawyers, but I emailed the kid’s lawyer who none of us trusted, but she cleared up the lies that the other was spreading. She was already about to do a pop inspection the next day (the only difference is now I knew the time as opposed to it being a real pop inspection) and I said by all means come on down. It’s sad but I actually warned one of the roommates about 15 minutes before the inspection and she said I was crazy and there was not going to be an inspection. OK… fine. Enjoy the butcher knife where the 4 year old can reach it.

I really feel bad about contacting the kid’s lawyer but really what choice did I have at the time? At least I was able to control part of the inspection and got a confirmed date and time. If I recall, I almost cried at my rabbi meeting when I told him what I did (he was very understanding). However, they did in the end lose their kids to the lunatic and I am going to have to live with part of that guilt for a while even if the guilt is not completely deserved.

What would you have done in my situation?

Completed: 2013

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