The Hypnosis Nerd is Luke Chao, founder of The Morpheus Clinic for Hypnosis in Toronto, Canada, and a lifelong practitioner of hypnotherapy. In this interview-style podcast, he speaks with either a staff member or an outside guest about topics relating to hypnosis, personal development and applied philosophy.
Meditation vs. Hypnosis (The Hypnosis Nerd, Ep. 9)
In this episode, we introduce Nicole Druken as the new co-host of The Hypnosis Nerd, and we have a conversation about how meditation relates to and differs from hypnosis.
History of Hypnosis
Although the word “hypnosis” was only coined in the 1800s, the use of verbal and non-verbal suggestion dates back much further than that. Many hypnotists claim that Egyptian sleep temples, for example, were early examples of hypnosis.
In this episode, Luke is joined by Daniel, a moderator on the /r/hypnosis community on Reddit, who has investigated these claims by reviewing original sources. Daniel is an amateur recreational hypnotist, which affords him a perspective that’s free from the commercialism and seriousness of professional hypnotherapy.
We discuss reasons why hypnotists are often considered disreputable today, different eras in the history of hypnosis, the origins of common misconceptions and much more.
Erotic Hypnosis with Bruce Anderson
In this candid (but tasteful) conversation about erotic hypnosis, Luke Chao interviews Bruce Anderson about his personal and professional experiences using hypnosis to elicit erotic pleasure, especially with female subjects.
We discuss erotic hypnosis as a little-recognized “third genre” of hypnosis, consensual power exchange, better orgasms, healthy (as opposed to toxic) masculinity, benefits and methods of overcoming shame, and much more. This is the longest Hypnosis Nerd episode yet, but the content makes it absolutely worth a listen (if you’re over 18).
To contact Bruce, visit Turn On Toronto.
Stage Hypnosis with Fernandez
In this episode, Luke Chao interviews Ed Fernandez, a stage hypnotist and certified consulting hypnotist, about his long and storied career. A mainstay of the Canadian hypnosis scene, Fernandez has been performing shows around the world for decades, often with well-known names in entertainment.
In this hour-long episode, we discuss the differences between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy, whether volunteers on stage are faking their performance, hypnotic phenomena, emergency hypnosis, Fernandez’s wildest story, and much more!
For more information, visit his website.
Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, Feat. Charlotte Brammer
While the world’s quarantined during the pandemic, we’re filming The Hypnosis Nerd episodes through online videoconferencing, featuring dialogues between Luke and a selection of outside guests.
The first of these guests is Charlotte Brammer, a registered psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist based in Toronto. She specializes in trauma and anxiety disorders, using modalities such as hypnotherapy, EMDR and equine-assisted therapy.
In this hour-long episode, we discuss the state of the world today, trauma, bad therapy, hypnosis, personal lessons, animals, the future of mental health and much more.
You can contact Charlotte through her practice, Living Clarity.
The Coronavirus Episode: Why Tele-Hypnosis Makes Sense
We rushed this special episode to keep our clients informed about how to safely continue with their sessions during the current pandemic scare. Even though your next concert or vacation might be cancelled, your hypnosis sessions don’t need to be. Here’s a summary of the episode, which answers your questions about tele-hypnosis:
* Socially distancing and “flattening the curve” is critical at this time. Staying at home will save lives.
* Hypnosis essentially works through higher-quality thinking, applied to your problems and communicated effectively. There is no reason to physically come into our office, since tele-hypnosis is completely safe and effective.
* The National Guild of Hypnotists approves of tele-hypnosis.
* To engage in hypnosis at home, you will need privacy, comfortable seating and the phone or computer that you’re already using. It helps to have a headset, such as the earbud/microphone combination that comes with your cell phone.
* For some people, tele-hypnosis will produce a superior experience. For most people, it’s the currently the best option given the circumstances.
* For all our clients, we will uphold all of our standard policies, including our unconditional refund policy, during this time.
As a proactive measure, we are planning to temporarily close our office by the end of the week. During the next few weeks, we fully plan to stay productive as we work from home.