It is my pleasure to introduce you to West Hill CA Hypnotherapist, Teresa Van-Zeller in this interview.
Teresa is a hypnosis author, trainer and hypnotherapist with an international reputation. A big step from her other profession of 30 years as a book keeper! Find out how Teresa came to hypnosis and is helping thousands of people with her many skills.
Teresa and thank you for sharing your time with us today. Please take
a moment to introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello to all. I have been a hypnotherapist for 20 years. I got my original training through the NGH. A year later I became trained in HypnoBirthing.
Within the next two years, I became an instructor for both Marie Mongan, the HypnoBirthing Institute, (training HypnoBirthing practitioners) and for Roy Hunter, teaching his Client Centered Diversified Hypnotherapist Certification course.
also been self-employed for over 30 years with a full charge
I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley where I still reside.
I have two adult children whom I am very proud of and currently live
with my 10 ½ yr old, 150lb Rottweiler, Max whom I mention because
there are about 2000 students out there that took trainings with me
at my home and would like to know that he is still doing well.
am the author of “Birthing As Nature Intended A Guide to Achieving
The Birth You Envision” and teach the childbirth preparation course
by the same name.
you Teresa . Now tell us if you will, how long have you been a hypnotherapist?
received my “Advanced Hypnotherapist” certification from the NGH
in September, 1998.
you recall how you were first drawn to a career in hypnosis?
many people talk about how they have been interested and fascinated
with hypnosis since childhood, etc., etc., etc. That was not me. I
remember being exposed to hypnosis 3 times growing up.
It was my
husband’s interest in the topic of hypnosis, (two decades later)
that caused me to check out the financial aspect of the course he was
interested in taking. It seemed intriguing to me, (on a personal
enlightenment level), and out of curiosity, I signed up for the
course as well.
are the top three things that you most enjoy about being a hypnotist?
you experienced any personal benefits from using hypnosis for
yourself that you would care to share with our readers?
Where do I begin?
you have an international reputation for successfully teaching
hypnotherapy to other professionals including doctors and nurses and
psychologists as well as potential hypnotists. One course you teach
is Roy Hunter's “Diversified
Client Centered Hypnotherapist Course.” Can you tell us a little
about this approach to hypnotherapy please and the course you teach
trained thousands of people (LITERALLY) – whether as hypnotherapy
students, childbirth preparation instructor students, childbirth
parents, and even accounting clients.
One absolute fact is that 10 different people have 10 different ways of receiving information and learning. There is no ONE way to teach or learn. What I love about Roy’s course, (and my own for that matter) is that each person learns differently.
There is no ONE right or wrong way. There is just the way that is right for each individual. My job is not to teach “a particular” way but rather to help each individual/student/client find “their way” that resonates with them in a manner that gets them where they need to go. In doing so, I believe that person then develops the confidence and expertise to help others to do the same.
of people have also experienced natural child birth as a result of
reading your book Birthing
As Nature Intended (B.A.N.I.) - A Guide to Achieving the Birth You
and taking your childbirth education classes, practitioner trainings,
seminars and lectures. What would your main message be to mothers
who are wondering if such an experience is possible for them?
again, the main message I would be SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS is that
there is no right or wrong way to have a baby. There is just each
woman’s individual way that is right for her and her baby. Every
mother and every baby is different than every other.
The medical community is practicing archaic medicine… (handing down) “what has always been done” even though the US is like #47 (approx.) in mother/baby mortality.
We are behind most 3rd world countries when it comes to the most natural event since the beginning of time. This is so wrong on so many levels. I am obviously passionate about this topic and will refrain from going totally overboard in my ranting.
there other issues that your clients typically come to you for help
with, if so what are they?
have found that if you have worked with an issue more than 2 or 3
times, you are probably the expert in your area on that issue.
Fortunately, because I have worked with so many clients, I am
probably the expert in my area for most issues.
All I can suggest is that if you aren’t sure how to deal with something, call someone for guidance. I am always available for someone wanting to help someone else. Most good hypnotherapists are happy to help and share their knowledge because we believe in what we are doing.
are some of the professional
hypnotists that you have studied or actually trained with who have
influenced your approach to hypnosis the most?
These are all people that I have either trained with/for or held their trainings at my school for my students. I believe they are all exceptional in their fields.
please, please ask your questions. I guarantee that most readers are wondering the same thing you are and are too afraid to
ask. Good hypnotists are happy and eager to share their knowledge.
are the three most important bits of advice would you give a client
before their first session of hypnosis?
For the client:
For the Hypnotherapist:
Do you have a favourite book, or books, on hypnosis that you would recommend to others?
Roy Hunter's Art
of Hypnosis and
is the most frequent misunderstanding about hypnosis that you
encounter with clients or the public Teresa ?
same issue that I had. Hypnosis is not mind control.
It is about allowing someone to guide you where you want/need to go. It is all about trusting the practitioner.
I don’t tell that to the client however that is the bottom line. If the client doesn’t trust you, you have no business even attempting to work with them.
My task with every client is to eliminate every and all fallacies and reservations about hypnosis.
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 hypnotherapy in your region?
am in Los Angeles. LA is synonymous with trendsetters so things are
much more readily accepted.
I have had students however, (in Bakersfield or Israel) where the word “hypnosis” is synonymous with Satan or “the work of the devil”. I usually suggest simply replacing the word “hypnosis” with the word “relaxation” or “guided visualization”. It gets the job done.
Thank you very much Teresa for your interesting story and ideas.
If not now -when?
If not here - where?