Are you interested in facilitating positive and meaningful change in the lives of others? Are you looking for a professional career opportunity that provides you with unique freedom and flexibility? Do you enjoy working with people and being of service? You may want to consider a career in hypnotherapy. Now more than ever, hypnotherapists are finding themselves as highly valued team members both in mainstream and alternative care practices. Compared to other forms of therapy, hypnotherapy is the choice for a wide range of issues – from habit change, to recovery from illness, to personal transformation.
For the past 10 years, the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy has provided high-quality training in the field. Some students have even traveled from as far as Australia, Mexico and Canada to train right here in Ashland!
A recent student testimonial read:
“Powerful and practical, heartfelt throughout, I recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a hypnotherapist, or learning more about their deepest calling. I walked away transformed and ready to lead others in the same journey.” Rebecca Lorange
With spring and summer enrollment now open, the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy is offering some exciting trainings. The programs are a great opportunity to begin or further your career in hypnotherapy. We met with school owner and director Rochelle Jaffe to learn more about the upcoming trainings, as well as to learn more about her long and rich history as a hypnotherapist and mental health care professional.
Rochelle, to begin with, I would love for you to introduce us to the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy.
First, I’d like to talk a little about hypnotherapy itself. Hypnotherapy has changed a great deal since the days of swinging watches. Back then, people believed that the power was with the hypnotherapist, who would plant new ideas into the client – as if the client was a helpless recipient. Now, we see hypnotherapy very differently. We understand that change comes out of the relationship between the hypnotherapist and client, and the opportunity for the client to access and nurture their own deeper intelligence.
Our usual waking mind is good for certain things. It loves patterns, and looks for what it already knows and can repeat. When things are going well in our lives, that kind of thinking has its place. But when we want to create change, we need to find a way to go deeper, to connect with our creative unconscious, and to bring what we learn into the world in a way that’s curious, alive, and supportive of our whole being. That’s what hypnotherapy does, and at the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy, we teach the skills to do that.
You have been involved in the field of hypnotherapy for more than 25 years. What first inspired you to begin, and what has kept you in love with your career after all these years?
I first discovered hypnotherapy as a therapist. I found that, as I was working with people, I would sometimes go into a deeper state myself. My voice and cadence would change, and I would find that words flowed easily. I would watch my clients going into a similar state. They would become very relaxed, quiet and inward, and have those ‘aha’ moments that are such a joy to witness in a session. They’d come back the next week, and report that things had really changed, and would want to do the same thing again. I’ve since learned that the process that happened spontaneously in those sessions is what we cultivate in hypnotherapy. When we’re up in our heads, it’s very hard to transform. Hypnotherapy helps us get into a deep state of inner quiet – a deeper sense of inner knowing. We have more clarity and more capacity for insight and for change when we are in that state. I received training and have gained much experience since then, and now teach these skills to others.
Now more than ever, hypnotherapists are playing important roles in both mainstream and alternative fields of health. Please say more.
We train counselors and social workers, doctors, nurses, massage therapists and energy workers. We train health professionals that want to add hypnotherapy to their existing practices, and those who’d like to begin a new career helping others. Some of our students also come for personal reasons – to immerse themselves in hypnotherapy training for their own knowledge and growth.
Our graduates work in hospitals and doctors’ offices, as well as in private practice. Their work ranges from medical specialities (including relieving pain, improving sleep, and promoting healing) to deep, transformative personal work and habit change.
Ashland School of Hypnotherapy has been described as “highly professional and well-structured, deeply heartfelt and personally transformative.” Say more.
Our trainings are highly interactive and designed for ease of learning and integration. Students receive a rich variety of learning experiences – lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and practice. All of the online materials, including videos and powerpoints, are available for reference after the course ends, so the education continues. Our goal is to graduate students who feel confident in their abilities as hypnotherapists. And, the training doesn’t end when students graduate. We also offer our graduates free teleseminars, and advanced short courses.
While being well-grounded in hypnotic language and techniques is vital, change takes place through the whole experience of a session. Our training is rooted in the philosophy that each person – student and client – holds the keys to their own development. The power and beauty of hypnotherapy is in its ability to bring out those qualities so that they can be utilized for healing and transformation. It’s at the heart of everything we teach.
Hypnotherapy works! At the beginning of each training, we encourage students to become their own laboratories – to utilize what they’re learning in their own lives, and to see its effect for themselves. The hypnotic state is much like meditation. It’s deep and peaceful. The mental chatter becomes quieter, and there’s a sense of contact with something beneath and beyond our usual waking mind. When students enter this state as they practice both receiving and giving sessions in the training, it begins to extend into their daily lives. As their skills develop, they receive the benefits personally. We refer to it as the side effect of hypnotherapy – in working to transform the lives of others, we are also transformed.
You’ve received some extraordinary feedback from your students. Will you please share some recent testimonials with us?
“This class was so much more than learning to be a great hypnotherapist! It was genuinely life-transforming for me and I will be eternally grateful to Rochelle.” Kristi Mosley, R.N.
“Excellent program! Very solidly structured, extremely well-delivered, profoundly valuable not only as professional training, but as a deeply transformative and significant personal experience. I have trained in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, and this is definitely one of the best trainings I have ever attended.” Dr. Laura Calderon de la Barca
“The very best training I have ever received in my 40 years of workshops, classes and licensing courses. I feel so honored to have sat in Rochelle’s classes, I have taken several and would happily sign up for more. She rocks big time. Your own healing work is profound as you cycle through the course and that is priceless!” Lotus White
Rochelle, you’re using cutting-edge learning methods for some of your courses, combining in-person and online training. Can you tell us about them?
Happily. Since I teach part time at Southern Oregon University, I have access to the ongoing training that they offer their professors, including how to develop online courses. At the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy, our longer courses now offer a combination of online and in-person training. This gives our students the best of both worlds – in-person training to receive the direct teaching and experience that you can only get this way, and online training so that your learning can be done at your best pace and timing. During the online training, you’ll stay connected and well-structured through teleseminars, sessions exchanges with others students, and personal contact with your instructor. We use the same platform as the university for our courses, which is very easy to navigate, and offers many learning options. We also have a private YouTube channel with great videos of sessions, tutorials and more. Some hypnotherapy schools have developed online trainings that are simply videos of in-person trainings. Our online training is specifically developed to be most effective for students while they’re studying at home.
Rochelle, please tell us about your two upcoming trainings.
Our Medical Hypnotherapy course begins on April 22. It results in a Medical Hypnotherapist certificate. You’ll learn how to work with issues including pain management, preparation for surgery, cancer, chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and IBS, getting physician referrals and much more.
The Professional Hypnotherapist Training, which begins June 5th, is our most extensive course. In two in-person week-long trainings, and 10 weeks of online training, you’ll become a certified hypnotherapist. This course prepares you to work with the 4 ‘waves’ of hypnotherapy in many areas, including habit change, anxiety and phobias, resolving conflict, and self-actualization. Each wave represents a way of approaching an issue. They can be used separately or together. The four waves are: resolving underlying issues, behavioral change, personal mastery, and expanding self-identity.
Rochelle, something unique about your school is that you have built in a marketing training for your practitioners. Please say more.
Early on I realized the importance of supporting students in developing a viable career when they graduate. We built in a full-on marketing program into our professional training. Students learn marketing techniques, and begin to develop their own marketing program for their practice. They learn ways to utilize hypnotherapy to create a vision, a plan, and to put it into action. Besides the nuts and bolts of marketing, we found that the inner experiences of confidence, trust in their ability to provide an important service, and to be well-reimbursed for their work have all been important issues, which we address. In addressing the students’ personal preparation for starting a practice, they learn valuable hypnotic coaching skills that they can then use with their clients, helping them to create their own visions, and to carry them out.
The accreditations of the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy are national. What does this mean?
All of the classes at the Ashland School of Hypnotherapy are certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) and the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH). We can also provide CEUs for most health professionals. To maintain our certification, ACHE reviews all of our classes and instructors biannually. Their standards are highly respected in the field, so students are assured of receiving quality training. This certification also means that you can practice anywhere in the country, and in many places around the world.
Last but not least, what are the next steps someone should take if they would like to learn more or begin enrollment?
We welcome your calls and emails. Registration for Medical Hypnotherapy, beginning April 22nd, is still open. We’re offering a 20% discount to LocalsGuide readers. Our Professional Hypnotherapist Training, beginning in June, is also open for registration. Each year, we also offer short courses that are open to beginners and professionals. This year, our fall short course is on the Enneagram. The Enneagram offers a way to understand your clients more deeply, and make your work more effective. You’ll learn inductions for each of the nine character types that can be used with any healing modality. Keep your eyes out for other short courses, added throughout the year.
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