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How do you get in to that?

The other day I was working with a lovely chap who asked me that great question which many have asked before “how on earth did you get in to hypnotherapy as a career?” This is a question that I’m always more than happy to answer so let me take you back to 13 years old me where the story begins.

I was fascinated with the likes of Derren Brown and others who used psychological techniques such as hypnosis to do some amazing things. One big thing that held me back from pursuing my interest to any great depth was that despite my fascination I did believe that it was all just a gimmick.


Looking back on it, having now seriously practiced hypnosis for almost 2 years it seems almost ridiculous that I would ever have thought such a thing but unfortunately some information which is given on the subject can be very misleading. I realised just how mislead I was when I was in the audience of a prime time ITV show all about hypnosis. The hypnotist was an Irish gentleman named Keith Barry. Keith amused us in the audience before the show by doing some imaginative exercises that used hypnotic suggestion.

He asked us to place our hands out in front of us and imagine a pile of heavy books in one hand and a balloon tied to the wrist of the other. The next thing of course without me even thinking about doing it, I’ve got one arm falling toward the ground while I have another floating up toward the sky. This changed everything! I realised hypnosis was far more than a gimmick, I would even go as far to say that it was simply amazing. I returned home that evening knowing that at all costs, “I have to learn how to do that!”

Following a Google search I came across a gentleman by the name of Rory who offers an amazing one day course teaching how to hypnotise somebody and do those incredible imaginative tests. Just a month or so later, I found myself at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London learning hypnosis. The day passed far faster than I wished and I left knowing what hypnosis is and how to safely guide someone in to hypnosis and back out again.

Throughout the rest of 2015 I practised this incredible skill at any opportunity I could find and had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know some wonderful people along the way.

One of these people was the very lovely Dr Kate Beaven-Marks. Rory & Kate together deliver a course on behalf of an organisation called The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), this is through their company HypnoTC. At this point I thought it would be wonderful to actually get qualified in this fantastic thing I’m now using so much, as well as learn some amazing psychotherapeutic techniques to help transform the lives of others. Unfortunately I had to be over the age of 21 to sit the exams (at this point I was 18). Nevertheless I approached Kate asking if there was a way I could take the course. Unfortunately she wasn’t aware of a way but offered to speak to the NGH directly when she next visited them in the U.S. Thankfully good news returned from across the pond and they were happy for me to take the course, I was absolutely thrilled!

The acceptance for me to take the course arrived during my university gap year where I had a place studying Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training. A few good opportunities where developing for me within the hypnosis field and I saw an opportunity to make a real difference for people’s lives and wellbeing so I took the decision to exchange my future office at 30,000 feet for an amazing therapy room changing the lives of people just like yourself.

I took the course and passed all the exams with flying colours, I received a big certificate and received my first post nominal letters officially making me Michael Beeson C.H.

Sometimes people ask me if I ever regret resigning from my pilot training to become a hypnotherapist. Truthfully, I’ve had few regrets thus far. I do still have my log book, pilots certificate, medical certification e.t.c so I can still enjoy flying aircraft as a wonderful hobby whenever I like. Everyone I’ve worked with so far has been amazing, I’m so pleased to have met & had the pleasure of transforming the lives of many people.

If you are interested in learning hypnosis then I would have to recommend Dr Kate and Rory’s training, I shall leave links below for those interested.

In the meantime this may be my last blog post before Christmas so I hope that whatever you’re doing you have a wonderful time and don’t forget that the holiday period can be a great way to relieve yourself of the stresses of day to day life.

All the best,


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