Regina Hypnotist: Sherry Runge
Location: 218-1933 8th Avenue, Regina
Here you will learn about Sherry and her hypnosis practice in Regina. You may also contact her directly at the bottom of the page.
How long have you been a hypnotist?
I received my certification in October 2018.
What first attracted you to a career in Hypnosis?
I hypnotized my first person as part of a 10th grade science project. From that point on, I have always been interested in hypnosis. When I was working towards my psychology degree I was further educated on the nature and processes of hypnosis, though I did not pursue hypnosis at that time. Last year my career was coming to an end and I needed to find something else to do. I wanted to stay within the world of holistic health and focus on pain management and stress reduction, and had myself gone to hypnotherapy, so I decided it was a good fit and reached out to my hypnotherapist and enrolled in her next training program.
Have you experienced any personal benefits from using hypnosis for yourself that you would care to share with our readers?
I have Sensory Processing Sensitivity and hypnosis has helped with my social anxiety. I have also used hypnosis to stop snacking, address my spider phobia, and for pain management.
Can you tell us about the teacher(s) who influenced your approach to hypnosis the most?
The teacher(s) who have influenced me the most are those who have helped to bring hypnosis into a medical setting – Esdaile, Erickson, and Elman. Their successes with hypnosis for pain control are what influenced me to pursue the use of hypnosis in my pain management practice.
While I will use the Elman induction, I would say my approach is more influenced by Erickson in that I often use a more indirect, conversational approach to hypnosis.
One of the main teachers who influences my approach to hypnosis is not a hypnotist at all, but rather a spiritual speaker, writer, and entrepreneur – Gabrielle Bernstein. When a client is willing, I like to take time to bring aspects like breath work and guided imagery into the session so my clients are able to really relax and reduce stress, which are so often linked to their presenting issue. I like to approach issues holistically with an emphasis on the mind-body connection.
What issues do your clients typically come to you for help with. Do you specialize in helping people with certain issues?
My specialties are helping with stress management and pain reduction. There is such a huge connection between the mind and body, and my goal is to help people recognize and understand the link to reduce both physical and emotional pain. I do this by combining hypnosis, Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy, and holistic wellness coaching.
So many physical symptoms including illness, pain, and disease result from stress and mental health issues; and likewise, illness, pain, and disease can cause or exacerbate stress, anxiety, and depression. By treating the person holistically and approaching their issues mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, I see more success than just trying a simply and quickly "fix a problem".
Do you find any particular phase of your hypnosis work to be of special interest to you? If so, why?
I enjoy script-writing because it allows me to have a guideline to use that is written in my own language and feels more comfortable and natural for me.
I also enjoy being able to tailor scripts to match the condition being treated and making recordings to use with Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy. For example, if I am working with someone who has Parkinson’s, I can create a Parkinson’s hypnosis recording for them to listen to while on the sound therapy mat.
What are the three most important bits of advice would you give a client before their first session of hypnosis?
1. Ensure you are doing hypnosis because you want to. If you are only doing it because someone is pressuring you to try it, it is not likely going to work and you will be wasting your time and money.
2. Have realistic expectations. Hypnosis is not a magic cure. I can't snap my fingers and have you walk out of the office with all of your issues fixed after one session. It requires a commitment and is a more effective process if you put the effort in, even outside the hypnosis sessions - practicing self-hypnosis, doing homework assignments, etc.
3. Communicate with me and be honest. If you have questions, concerns, discomfort, things you aren't understanding, uneasiness about something I have said, or anything else, discuss your thoughts and feelings with me. I can answer questions, provide information, change approaches, and even refer you to other practitioners, but only if I know what guidance you need and only if you have been open and honest in what you have told me.
What is the most frequent misunderstanding about hypnosis that you encounter with clients or the public?
The most frequent misunderstanding is definitely that people think it is mind-control and they will be giving up control to someone else and might be made to say or do things they don't want to.
If you could give potential and beginning hypnotists at least one piece of advice, what would it be?
1. Get into hypnosis for the right reason. Make it about your clients, not just the money.
2. You don't need to be an "everything" hypnotist. While you don't necessarily want to cut-off a huge potential client-base, you also don't want to be working in areas you aren't comfortable as it will come through to your clients.
If you are very harsh and judgmental of smokers, you may not want to be developing smoking cessation programs (unless you are really good at appearing impartial). If you think past-life regression is bologna, you shouldn't be doing them just so you can collect your fee.
If the issue presented is significant and way outside your knowledge and expertise, consider a referral. There is nothing wrong with saying, "I don't work with X, Y, Z, but here is a link to a colleague that has more experience in that area."
As we both know, Hypnosis as a healing and helping modality has existed for hundreds of years now. However, it is more widely known and more accepted in some areas more than others. How would you rate the public acceptance of hypnosis/hypnotherapy in your region?
I think it is in the middle where I am. Not everyone is completely closed off to trying new things and there are more and more spiritually-based and/or non-traditional treatment options popping up, but it is definitely a challenge getting people in my city to try any alternative modalities or more Eastern-influenced therapies of any kind.
What would your favourite book(s) on hypnosis be that you would recommend to others?: Street Hypnosis
Art of Hypnotherapy - Roy Hunter
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