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?
One of the teachers of hypnosis I respect the most is James Esdaile because of the amazing work he did with using hypnosis in surgeries. He influenced me to pursue the use of hypnosis in pain control.
On one hand, I would say my approach is most influenced by Erickson in that I often use a more indirect, conversational approach to hypnosis. I am not an "I'll fix you in one session or your next one is free" kind of hypnotherapist.
Because of my psychology background, I focus as much on the "therapist" part of my designation as I do the "hypnotist" part, and as such build relationships with my clients where we approach their issues holistically and get to the root of the problematic thoughts or behaviours rather than just trying to stop them from happening.
That said, I do often use the Elman induction and have a lot of respect for him for helping to legitimize the use of hypnosis in a medical setting.
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 tend to use scripts because I have memory issues and want to ensure I hit all points I need to. Sometimes they are just bullet-point, but I generally have written notes in some form I follow, and because I find many online scripts to be too generic or sometimes worded really awkward for me, I like writing my own scripts in my own language.
I also have recording equipment to record hypnosis tracks to be used on the Vibroacoustic Therapy bed. I pair a setting on the Vibroacoustic bed with a corresponding hypnosis script to enhance the effectiveness of each modality (ex. there is a track from Parkinson's on the Vibroacoustic bed and a matching script for coping with Parkinson's the client can listen to).
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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