I currently work as a resident physician of psychiatry at Region Halland. I studied hypnosis, theoretically, for several years but didn’t take any courses until this year (2015) – namely the basic course and hypnotic coaching at the hands of Fredrik Praesto.
I was reintroduced to the topic hypnosis in 2009 when I read books by Henrik Fexeus – which often refers to Milton Erickson. I had previously picked up a book on hypnosis at the tender age of 9 – but it was too dry and boring for a little boy with notorious bad patience. I was fascinated and has since bought home an extensive library of sound, image and text. I try to read as much as I can and the works of as many writers as possible to be broad in my understanding of the phenomenon hypnosis. Some favorites are Areed Barabasz, Igor Ledochowski, Stephen Brooks, Milton Erickson, Richard Bandler, etc.
Presently, there isn’t a great acceptance or understanding of hypnosis where I work. I have solved it by offering hypnosis at the end of my patient sessions – for my own training and so that the patient can get help with some problems and, at worst, only a relaxation. I will continue to improve my skills in silence, but the hope is to introduce hypnosis as an addition to our current treatments as it is an evidence-based art-form that has not, unfortunately, received it’s rightful place in medicine – but above all, it is something that the patient deserves and has the the right to demand. I see it as an exciting challenge to work for better understanding and acceptance – for better health care.
My philosophy is to study everything and everyone. Twist and turn everything into absurdity. Listen to others but do not buy their words straight off – try and see what works for yourself. Humility is essential if you do not want to walk the same path as some of the early hypnotists who started to believe the myth of their own excellence – and payed dearly for it. My favorite role-model is Ambroise-Auguste Liébeault, a nineteenth century physician, who spent more than twenty years working with poor people before he received recognition and in many cases offered hypnosis for free if the patient choose it instead of conventional treatment.