With Don Glass, who endeavors to have a hypnotic effect on people

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DRACUT — Don Glass’ energy and his passion for hypnotherapy are barely contained during a conversation with the Dracut resident and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

He’s excited about the notion of helping people release unproductive behaviors, and he’s convinced he can do so through the latest techniques in hypnotherapy.

Glass is not one of those hypnotists that practices the profession for entertainment value. He’s into the more serious business of getting people to leave nonproductive emotions and feelings behind — no swinging pendulum needed.

His recent certification as a hypnotist came partially as a result of losing his “incredible” wife of 23 years, Barbara (Zipps) Glass, to cancer at age 60 in January of 2010. In the medical profession, she devoted her entire life to helping others, he explained, and this is his way of carrying on her mission.

Glass, who speaks on the second Tuesday of every month at the Moses Greeley Parker Memorial Library and will appear on Dracut Access TV, shared some details on his intriguing profession.

Q: What types of hypnosis are being sought out?

A: Losing weight, quitting smoking, overcoming stress, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, nail biting, hair pulling, a fear of public speaking; achieving better performance in school, and eliminating test anxiety.

Q: What results are you seeing after a year in the profession?

A: For quitting smoking, there has been a 90 percent success rate after just one session. Each session, which is $99, is an hour and a half. The first half is a consultation to put the client at ease. For weight loss, the problems are more deeply rooted, so it may take four or five session to achieve success. Under hypnosis — where you are very relaxed and hyper aware, almost like a runner’s high or day dreaming — we address the different issues that may be keeping them from success.

Q: Why does hypnosis work when other methods fail?

A: Many of the problems that people have in adulthood are the result of being yelled at as a kid — someone telling them, “you’re stupid!” Through hypnosis, the unconscious mind goes to the original cause and gives the client an opportunity to reprocess original feelings. We change the response and belief, and the belief changes the behavior. In a relaxed state, we are open to suggestion. Take, for example, nail biting. I may suggest to a client that there are stop signs on her nails, and that is what she sees. But this doesn’t work by itself; the client has to really want this.

Q: Where did you receive your training?

A: I received my official training from the National Guild of Hypnotists, which is doing a great job of building recognition of the field of hypnotism as s separate and distinct profession. The guild is a 60-year old organization that manages the training and certification of hypnotists all over the world. I’ve taken courses on rewiring the brain, helping stroke victims recover, working with post-traumatic stress disorder, relieving fears and phobias, and hypnosis for children. Other coursework on my agenda is forensic hypnosis, helping the law-enforcement community with witnesses who have seen but cannot recall the details. Through hypnosis, they are remembering details like a license plate or a scratch on a fender.

Q: What have you planned for the second year of your profession?

A: I’m very excited to be working on my certification for a type of hypnosis that originated in Spain, Virtual Gastric Band — getting people to lose weight without the surgery. It’s had excellent results, if you believe, and my job is helping people to believe that their stomach is “this” small. I’ll also offer self-hypnosis classes starting in April, and I plan a support group for ADD or ADHD — something I once had myself — at no charge. It might be one-on-one or a group session, but it will be a special project of mine because my practice of self-hypnosis for 30 years is what got me through.