Hi everyone and welcome to my "about me" page. I'm Michael Peters, a consulting hypnotist based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I have a B.S. in Psychology and have trained in various modalities including regression hypnosis, medical support hypnosis, and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).
Every hypnotist is trained in a variety of different ways by a variety of different instructors. I believe that there is more than one way to help a client and having a variety of techniques at your disposal is critical.
So, who am I? As a child I was the insecure momma’s boy with social anxiety. I was too shy to talk to anyone, especially girls. Until an interaction with someone in grade school changed me forever.
My 4th grade teacher assigned everyone with a partner for a class project. I was fortunate enough to team up with the prettiest girl in class. As you can imagine, I was mortified. For whatever reason I decided to tell her a silly joke that made her laugh hysterically. "You're funny," she said. I finally had an identity of my own, the “funny guy.” At that moment I realized there was no bigger rush than making someone smile. This eventually led me down a path of watching countless hours of stand-up comedy, studying psychology, reading self-help books and eventually becoming a hypnotist.
Discovering an identity is something we all go through. As young children our parents, teachers and friends tell us who we are by the things they say and the way they treat us. Sometimes we are blessed to have people in our lives who tell us we're smart, attractive, talented, etc. Other times we are told lies. We are told (or shown), that we're not good enough or unworthy of love. These lies were implanted into our subconscious at a young age (usually from the time you were in the womb up until about 7 years of age). At that young age a majority of the time was spent in the brainwave state known as theta which is ideal for learning but also ideal for believing lies from people of authority. Our minds are computers running on outdated software. Hypnosis is ideal for removing the negative programming we received and replacing it with more empowering thoughts.
Whether I help you lose weight, overcome a traumatic event or cope with daily stress, I would be honored to bring even a small amount of joy to your life. As an eternal optimist, I believe that obstacles aren't roadblocks but life lessons that empower us. Pessimism is expecting misery and allowing it to happen. Optimism is expecting good fortune and making it happen. I look forward to working with you.