Steve Bishop – Interview
|With over 2000 testimonials from satisfied clients, it’s little wonder that Steve Bishop’s tag line is ‘It’s not magic – it just feels like it!’ Steve runs Windsor-based ‘My Hypnotherapy Centre’ and is a fully qualified hypnotherapist, as well as an established NLP,EFT, and EMOTRANCE practitioner. Some of the techniques Steve employs every day are identical to those used by famed TV hypnotist Paul McKenna.
How did Steve decide on this vocation? A chance conversation with a work colleague prompted his decision. ‘I had a 20 minute chat with a workmate who was a heavy smoker. I persuaded him to quit and he actually went ahead and did it’ explains Steve. ‘The experience made me realise I could help people – I seemed to have an unconscious talent for it, but I needed to channel it with the proper training’. Steve learned to fine-tune his talents with the best in the business, including Paul McKenna himself.
Steve typically deals with clients who need help with weight loss, stress, phobias, emotional issues, and smoking. ‘Surprisingly, persuading someone to quit smoking for good is relatively straightforward’ says Steve. ‘To help someone quit, I would normally use a combination of techniques which may include hypnosis.’ As a franchisee for ‘Easy Stop’, Steve’s ‘Stop Smoking’ service even comes with a guarantee !
But whatever issue the client wishes to resolve, Steve will use a combination of treatments and techniques tailored to suit that individual – a combination which may include tapping (EFT) techniques.
EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques – work on a similar principle to acupuncture but without the use of needles. There are various ‘meridian’ points throughout the body. Tapping these points in a specific order releases any blockages in the flow of energy, contributing to Emotional Freedom. Steve explains ‘Anger, sadness, and resentment are nearly always caused by blocked energy literally ‘blocking’ you from happiness; tapping on it releases it.’
Steve is passionate about this energy psychology and offered to demonstrate its effectiveness during our interview. Some years ago I had a holiday completely ruined by an uninvited ‘guest’ who tagged along and caused complete mayhem. Until recently, whenever I thought about it, I would get angry and bitter about it: ‘How dare this person invite themselves along and spoil what should have been a memorable holiday?’ Using EFT, Steve completely released that pent up anger in just a few minutes. I fully expected the anger to return later on, but amazingly it seems to have completely vanished. Whenever I think about the holiday now, I have absolutely no negative feeling about it at all. Incidentally, I didn’t even have to tell Steve the reason for my anger – just refer to it using a codeword.
Steve also uses EMOTRANCE – a similar technique which utilises mind power instead of tapping and his reputation in this area is such that 2 new clients recently flew over from Japan after reading an article about the treatment. A hugely effective method which can also be used remotely (as can EFT). Steve has a number of ‘remote’ clients including one in Mauritius.
‘All treatments are very effective’ explains Steve ‘so I have very few ‘repeat’ clients!’ Steve finds his work extremely rewarding, particularly if he helps someone with a long-standing problem. ‘A recent client had been suffering from a recurrent back problem’ says Steve, ‘his chiropractor could find nothing wrong structurally so wondered if the problem might be rooted emotionally.’ It turns out the client had been suffering from stress for years without even realising it. Steve’s treatment brought about a metamorphosis and the client is now enjoying a stress-free life – although there was one less positive response to the change as Steve explains: ‘His wife complained to me – she says he’s now TOO laid back !’
Article written by Hugh McClelland of Moonsail Ltd www.moonsail.co.uk