The Art of Hypnosis - Hypnosis for Artists
Welcome to Hypnosis for Creatives
I'm Cyrilla Baer - I've been a professional actress (AEA & SAG-AFTRA) for many years (www.CyrillaBaer.com and creator of the networking site Performing-Arts-Network.com). As an actor, I am of course fascinated with the human mind and behavior. Fascinated enough that about a decade ago I became a Certified Hypnotherapist. I've worked with primarily performing artist clients for smoking cessation, phobias, recovering from childhood traumas and even just relaxation hypnosis. And I have especially loved researching how brain science and hypnosis affect the creative personality - particularly with those that perform in front of an audience.
While my love affair with theatre started when I was about 3, I actually became interested in hypnosis when I was in the 4th grade - my father was getting his Masters in Psychology and was using hypnosis on family and friends, and I would listen outside his study door. I promptly went to school, hypnotized a friend, came home to proudly brag about it, and got my poor father pretty upset. (Even though hypnosis is quite safe, a 9 year old hypnotist is not a great idea!)
I received my Certification from The National Guild of Hypnotists in 2001. I was trained by hypnotherapist Gerald Kein of The Omnihypnosis Institute, who has a different and very effective approach to hypnosis. Mr. Kein has trained such noted hypnotherapists as Stephen Parkhill (author of the book ANSWER CANCER) and Cal Banyon of the Banyon Hypnosis Center (author, with Kein, of the book HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY, and creator of the 5-Path and 7-Path approaches to hypnotherapy, based on Gerry’s teachings).
Hypnosis is a very powerful tool for change as long as the client truly desires change. Many people have strange ideas about hypnosis, tho, such as a hypnotist having control over one’s mind. Actually, hypnotists act as guides while YOU do the work - people go into natural trance states many times a day without even realizing it. Hypnosis allows you to use a natural trance state to make changes to the way your brain processes information - moving past old ideas that “you can’t” to the belief that you “can” and will! A good hypnotist can help you to safely accomplish lasting change in your habits and beliefs. Many hypnotists just put a client in trance and read from a prepared script. But Kein’s, Banyon’s and Parkhill’s methods, which I use most often, work far better on overcoming traumas, phobias, and addictions. And simple hypnotic scripts, which I also utilize for simple changes, offer things like enhanced learning and memorization capabilities, and skills such as “instant” self-confidence that you can activate with a subtle gesture of your hand to use for auditions, public speaking, or any situation in which nerves can play a part.
Here is a nice little "About" section from the trusted Mayo Clinic: About Hypnosis
Unfortunately, due to the chronic pain caused by my disability (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, you can read my blog about dealing with it here) I don't do private hypnosis sessions anymore. But if you have an interest, I can find a referral to another appropriate hypnotist (or if it's a quick fix, I may be able to make an exception). Sessions involving audition/interview confidence or relaxation are not too hard on me to do as a group, tho - you can put together your own group and book me to do a money-saving group session.
Artists have some special concerns - like handling almost constant rejection or feeling overwhelmed by the very sensitivity that makes them special (not to mention the nuts and bolts demands of the business: see my CD/instant download series for a powerful assist in memorizing lines and music in the comfort of your home). Of course, we also have problems and concerns that are shared by the general population: fears and phobias, bad habits to break, etc. Hypnosis provides amazing results for things like:
• Specific fears & phobias (flying, heights, needles)
• Releasing unwanted habits (nail biting, procrastination) and implementing good ones
• Smoking cessation
• Attaining/maintaining a healthy weight
• General nervousness or anxiety
• Sleep issues
• Relationship issues
• Ongoing sadness
• Anger resolution
• Unresolved emotion (taking things too personally, crying, guilt feelings)
• Even helping you create and follow through on a business plan!
• There are also Metaphysical uses for hypnosis with Age Regression and "UltraHeight". "UltraHeight" is especially good for people who are shy about sharing personal things with a hypnotist, as I guide you to do all the work in your head and you don't have to tell me a thing!
• And then there's plain old relaxation - hypnosis can relax and refresh you, almost like a massage for your mind!
I'm always happy to spread the word about hypnosis! Email me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testimonials for private sessions
"Cyrilla worked with me on a very personal level before I had a series of oral surgeries. She customized her approach to me as a lighting designer, allowing me to visualize a light board. This worked, as I could use the various switches and controls to calm myself. During the surgery (3 wisdom teeth removed) I managed to remain calm and focused. It really worked, and has worked on some other minor medical issues since. Thanks Cyrilla!"
- Rich Simone, Director/Designer/Actor