Updated by user May 10, 2015
An ***face means a sexual release face.
Original review May 10, 2015
I enrolled in a hypnosis school in Tustin, CA for advanced hypnotherapy training. All students were forced to take the instructor's copyrighted form of self hypnosis which is really a form of hypnotherapy. After meditating, the instructor asks students to share. They cry and blubber telling personal information that I don't feel I had a right to be privy to. I sat for five minutes saying nothing and the instructor then threatened me by saying I had better say something or the opportunity to release negative emotions won't ever come again. He then said he could see the emotion on my face but that I myself didn't know what I was feeling. (It is impossible to know what a person is feeling by looking at their face. An *** face looks like the person is in agony). He then stated that I was dissociated from my emotions. This is a statement that something is wrong with me psychologically. THIS IS A DIAGNOSIS. Hypnotherapists anywhere are not allowed to make a diagnosis. It is forbidden by the National Guild of Hypnotists and by all state law. He chided me for not speaking as if something was wrong with me. He cannot force a person to engage in hypnotherapy! I gave no consent EVER to have a hypnotherapy session with Cal Banyan. With other students he said things like "And now you think...And now you know..." with a student putting an ending on the sentence. This is a hypnotherapy technique to reprogram peoples' minds! He also told me the day before when I was in a suggestible state that I hadn't expressed any negative emotions yet. I believe this was a hypnotic suggestion to cry or get angry. I feel he enjoys the drama and sucks people's energy from them like a vampire would suck blood. He also told me that he cares about me. When I told him I don't want him to care about me he said I don't have a choice. He then advanced towards me in the classroom and told me he thinks I am an intelligent woman. Holy. Harassment in the class! He expressed affection for me then stated a person subjective opinion about my capabilities. Is there a state authority I can complain to about this harassment? I felt unsafe and violated psychologically. Also, by doing hypnotherapy on the students as a group, without anybody's consent, the ones listening were traumatized and the ones blubbering, well, who knows what long lasting emotional trauma from public humiliation they will be scarred with for life? Some even said they don't want to embarrass themselves by disclosing...but Cal Banyan intimidated and threatened them, then reprogrammed their minds against their will. Cal Banyan also said to my face, "I am an important person! Don't you walk away from me when I'm speaking to you!" I have sent a letter of complaint to the NGH.