The Concept of Mentoring is Exactly Like Assisting a Client. Except When it Isn't.
I came to hypnosis more or less by mistake. There is a longer story to it, some of which is on other pages of this site yet basically I had experiences that led me to think that hypnosis didn't work and that 'meditation-in-action' (my own term) did. Then I found out that the hypnotist that I had worked with didn't understand hypnosis, which is/was hilarious in its own way and that I had been doing hypnosis for years before I took a course.
Mentoring has been much the same in that I have been doing it with students, other advanced hypnotists and medical professionals for so long that I seldom thought of it in the context of mentoring until friends kept telling me what I was doing. In fact, before I took the first hypnosis course, I was 'mentoring' individuals living with chronic conditions in what I now recognize as conversational hypnosis; I told stories.
Hypnosis is a way of thought to me. Yes there are techniques and rituals that are mostly effective, most of the time. Yet in the context of assisting people to more effectively address the everyday issues and challenges in life, hypnosis becomes a way of life.
I live with chronic, painful signals from major nerve damage secondary to taking flying lessons from the seat of a motorcycle and botching the landing. I have had surgeries that helped some and others that were less effective. This has been my life for over forty years and I have learned a thing or three. To my utter surprise one of the things I have learned is that I can teach! I was a terrible student in my 'you have to go to school' days, but pain got my attention and offered new perspectives to share. It may be that my difficulties as a student make me want what I do to be engaging and fun. There is a popular meme:
“Tell me and I will forget.
Teach me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will learn.”
So. How can we create the sphere of understanding that brings together what training and experience you have had and tips the scale of excellence? Assisting individuals can be an insular experience and it is often the case that people get caught up in the “Pass/Fail” mindset that may overlook dynamic improvement for an individual. The question also arises, 'Who can I change in any situation?' The answer is of course, only oneself.
When you feel that you want to explore new perspectives and get feedback or suggestions to assist your clients and perhaps notch-up your skills, drop me a line.