You are getting sleepy.
No I'm not!
Yes you are.
O.k., I guess I am.
Because as of last June I am officially a Certified Consulting Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. I had to pass an exam and everything. It probably seems an odd career leap, Professional Structural Engineer to Hypnotherapist but when I was an undergrad studying engineering I was interested in psychology and took every class I could that didn't require the lab class prerequisite. Because that class made you electric shock animals and since Animal Rights movements/protests were starting to become popular back then they even warned you up front that you had to shock the animals, there was no other way to complete the course work. So if you wanted a psychology degree from the University of Illinois back in the mid-80's you had to be willing to pull the switch on the lab animals and I was so not o.k. with that. I also wasn't interested in pursuing a career where that was a common method of 'research'. Plus if you've ever taken a psychology course, yikes, the experiments they did were the stuff of horror movies. I couldn't fathom the sort of twisted minds who thought them up and didn't want any part of it really.
But I have a friend in Chicago whose wife is a hypnotherapist (as well as massage therapist for the Chicago Bears) and after talking to her I decided that that's what I have to do with the rest of my life. Because the construction industry is getting worse rather than better and predictions are for even more decline. And to be honest I was getting a little burnt out. It wasn't so bad that I was looking to change careers but so far I love my new one. Hypnotherapy is very fun and I love helping people. I'm not so thrilled with having to start my own business, never was one of those folks who dreamed of being an entrepreneur and I knew it would be a lot of work but most hypnotherapists work for themselves so that's how it goes. There's a lot to learn about running a business and marketing but I'm soaking up all I can and experimenting with different things to see what's effective. I get a little more business each month and hopefully one day enough to pay my mortgage.
In addition to my regular certification course I took a specialty course in Sports Hypnosis and I'm working on creating a little niche for myself in that area. Lots of athletes in Boulder. I even wrote an article on using hypnosis for mental management in agility for Clean Run that is supposed to run in January so keep your eyes peeled for that.
I'm also looking into doing medical type stuff, chronic pain relief, IBS, Fybromyalgia, etc. The specialized training is expensive but it sounds really interesting and how cool would it be to help people with those sorts of issues?
Creating my own website has been an adventure in itself. Like I said in a previous post, if you're looking to start a website do not let some well meaning (or perhaps evil meaning) friend convince you that Wordpress is easy, especially if you're not familiar with the jargon of website design. It still needs a lot of work and a lot more content but this is what I have so far:
I need a more professional looking photo and a lot more content but so far it's bringing in the bulk of my business.
The one nice thing about being the boss is that I get to pick my office location and I found a place 2.8 miles/9 mins. from home. I'm in a chiropractor's office and there is also a naturopath, massage therapist, acupuncturist, etc. I've also got Skype set up because I've already got one potential client who lives a couple of hours away. Lots of hours spent figuring all this stuff out but at some point it'll all pay off.