Adrian Schmieder is a Heilpraktiker für Hypnosis [alternative practitioner using hypnosis] in Frankfurt, Germany.
How long have you been practicing?
One and a half years.
What sort of practitioner are you?
German Heilpraktiker für Hypnosis with specialization for cancer patients as well as anxiety and depression. Love to communicate with people and get to know their stories to help them. I’m also mixing in energetic hypnosis from Franz Anton Mesmer – the guy after whom the word to mesmerize is still having the meaning to hypnotize someone.
Do you see clients from home or in a clinic?
I see my clients in a clinic in the middle of Frankfurt, which I share with other Heilpraktiker.
What problems/issues do you treat most frequently?
Anxieties, depressions, fear, and anger. Mostly I help people to feel their emotions again, instead of repressing them, so no blockages will come anymore in the future. Of course stress is always the underlying issue, which also has to be treated.
What are your biggest frustrations running your practice?
I found out that if clients do not have a stable family environment and/or social surroundings, they are much more likely to develop severe problems. It makes me frustrated to see that families seem to break down more often in today’s society. That stress of an unstable basis from childhood on is a ground for a lot of the stuff I treat in my assumption.
What do you find hardest about your daily work?
Advertising. It consumes so much energy and time. It would sometimes be so much more fun just to be able to focus on treating people and help them.
Facebook today is of extremely good help as it connects me very well to my fellow therapists I learned with. The support and sharing is amazing.
What training have you done that has really helped you in your therapy work?
As surprising as it seems: Qigong energy work and meditation. It helped me to accept my emotions and treat myself well. I learned so much about myself and life and most of the time I’m totally relaxed. My clients feel that and relax quite fast when they meet me. Also I understand very well their emotional needs and desires, because I discovered all this in myself first with extensive meditation and Qigong practice.
How do you balance work and life?
Qigong, meditation, self hypnosis, skiing, volleyball, tai bo, table tennis, bow shooting, darts, billiards… and a lot more activities. :-)
What frustrates you most about the way mental health is dealt with in your country?
1. Pharma industry business.
2. Not enough places for people with psychic problems. Waiting time for psychologist is up to six months… only if you want to kill yourself can you come same day (a friend of mine heard this when she called the psychiatric emergency unit).
Can you tell us about your most uplifting experience treating a recent client? (anonymously of course!)
Last three clients: two years of psychotherapy. No change.
Five to six lessons with me and hypnosis: problem solved.
I simply love hypnosis.
Pictured above: Adrian Schmieder’s therapy office.
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