Hi, this is Dr. Bunny Vreeland. Lately, many people have asked me how I became a Hypnotherapist. Listen in as I share my story – you may be surprised that it all started when I was 8 years old!
About Dr. Bunny Vreeland:
I am a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and the Founder of the Vreeland College of the Healing Arts. I help people lose weight, stop smoking, and get over phobias like Fear of Flying, Fear of Heights and Fear of Dentists. I get to help people make a difference in their lives and I have a part in helping them improve their lives. I love being part of that.
But it hasn’t always been this way.
For years I was one of the top Image Consultants in the nation. Those were the days when having your colors done was the thing to do and everyone was doing it. I worked with the staff at banks, car dealerships, country clubs, financial houses and wineries as well as one-on-one clientele. I was very good at it and won a lot of awards. I showed my clients how to dress and put their best look together for their particular coloring, body type and life-style. Some of the before and after stories were dramatic. It was all exterior change.
I knew something was missing. But, I didn’t know what.
My clients would be happy with the results for a while and then I would hear them say things like “Now I know how to put my look together, but I still need to lose this 25 pounds”. Or “How do I get to FEEL as good as I LOOK? I’m like 2 people and they don’t match!
I was frustrated and didn’t know what to do.
Those were the days when I used to suffer from Migraine Headaches and allergies. There were times when I would be in such pain from the headaches that I would pass out. And, I was allergic to everything: cats, roses (ROSES, I LOVE roses!) dust mites (do you have any idea how many dust mites there are in a pillow?), mold, mildew, grass (Wouldn’t you know? I was married then, and we lived on a golf course!)
I went to a lot of doctors who couldn’t find the cause and couldn’t cure me. I tried everything – all kinds of pills, potions and, even, shots. I was a walking zombie most of the time. That is, a walking zombie with swollen eyes and a stabbing pain over my right eye.
One day I was standing in line at a Barnes and Noble bookstore waiting to pay for some music tapes when I noticed a relaxation tape that promised to reduce stress. I bought the tape, started listening to it and, after a while, I noticed that I hadn’t had an allergic reaction or a headache for a long time. Although I didn’t know what happened or why. I didn’t know until much later that this tape was a Hypnotherapy tape.
About the same time I got a phone call from a friend from New England. She was coming to California to take a 2-month Hypnotherapy course. She wanted to know if she could stay with my then-husband and me on the weekends so she wouldn’t have to pay for the hotel when the course wasn’t in session. She offered to cook all of our favorite dishes in return.
She was a very well known caterer and a great cook so we willingly agreed. My husband was excited about having his own cook who would make him all the heavy, fattening foods I wouldn’t cook for him. I, on the other hand, was curious about the course. I was fascinated and took the course with her.
I couldn’t believe everything Hypnotherapy could help with. And, the best part is that you don’t need drugs or surgery to make the positive changes!
After my friend went home I continued to take more and more courses. I received my basic and Masters training and certifications from Neuro Concepts Institute in Laguna Hills and my clinical/medical training from Huntington Pacific University in Huntington Beach. In addition, I have invested hundreds of hours in many specialized areas like IBS and Fibromyalgia and pain therapy over the years.
Today, I am a Master Hypnotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist and received my Ph. D. in Hypnotherapy in March of 2007 after 4 years of study with Huntington Pacific University. I continue to enjoy working with my clients, and am constantly developing affiliations with doctors and dentists. I’m also a frequent speaker, educating various groups about the benefits of Hypnotherapy, and what it can do for them.