Ron Mottern, MA, PhD (ABD), RTC, CH, CCJP, ICCJP
Knoxville Center for Clinical Hypnosis
2408 Edgewood Ave
Q. Tell us about yourself.
A. I am Executive Director for Knoxville Center for Clinical Hypnosis and Adjunct Instructor of Psychology at Tusculum College. My PhD is in Educational Psychology & Research and my MA is in Human Services. I am a Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and Certified in Clinical Hypnosis with the American School of Clinical Hypnosis, Itl.
Q. What services do you offer?
A. We do hypnosis for just about everything. Hypnosis can work for anything, it’s just a matter of how to correctly apply it to the presenting problem. About a year ago, I was having acid reflux issues and taking 300mg of Ranitidine (two 150mg tablets) a day. One of the side effects of that for me was spontaneous nose bleeds, which can be quite embarrassing. I finally said, “What are you doing? You’re a hypnotist. Fix it.” So I did. I now may take 300mg (two tablets) per month, instead of a day. And when I take those, it’s usually because I have been so busy with other things that I have neglected to do my self-hypnosis and let the problem creep back up on me.
Q. If you are not in alternative health care full time, what kind of work do you do?
A. I am the Alcohol/Drug Coordinator for Knox County Sheriff’s Office – CAP Program. I work with adult offenders in the areas of substance abuse and criminal conduct.
Q. How would you like to see medical and alternative health in this country grow, change, etc.
A. I would like to see more people taking responsibility for their own health and wellness, instead of expecting the medical industry to take care of them. At the same time, I would like to see medical and mental health professionals held responsible for the side effects of the psychiatric dope they routinely prescribe. I see people every day who have been on prescription medications such as benzodiazepines and opiates (usually both) for “anxiety and depression” for 10 years or more. That’s just ridiculous from an evidence-based practice standpoint. I’m doing a presentation at Ron Eslinger’s Pain Management Conference, June 21-34, entitled, “My Doctor, My Dope Dealer,’ that looks at what addiction really is and why medical science, so called, has abysmally failed to deal with the issue in a helpful manner.
Q. How did you get started in your work.
A. My wife was having pain and the doctors couldn’t find a cause for it. They just wanted to give her medication to dull the pain instead of finding and correcting the cause of it. She doesn’t like to take pain medication so she was in pain quite a bit. I thought that if I could learn hypnosis for pain management and help her, it would be worth the price of the course. I became certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists through Ron Eslinger (in Clinton, TN) and went to work with my wife on her pain issues. Since that time, she has become a walking advertisement for using hypnosis for pain management. Incidentally, it turns out her pain was caused by an infectious tooth that was discovered when she went to the dentist so time later.
Q. What do you think the public’s perception about holistic health is?
A. I think the public chooses holistic health care only after traditional Western medical interventions have failed. They come to us expecting miracles and are often disappointed when they find out that the wizarding world of Harry Potter exists only in Hollywood. That’s unfortunate because holistic health and wellness is a lifestyle. It’s a way of looking at life, itself, realizing that true health and wellness are based on intrinsic values, not extrinsic interventions. It’s a way for us to utilize the greatest natural resource on the planet – our brains – to bring about profound changes in how we think and behave to create very real changes in how we fell, both emotionally and physically.
Q. What is the most remarkable thing you’ve seen in your business?
A. I am constantly amazed at the power of the human mind. I recently hypnotized a man for smoking cessation. After the hypnosis, he said that for the first time in 15 years, he was without pain from his arthritis. And he was there for smoking cessation! A short time later, I hypnotized a woman for smoking cessation. After the hypnosis, she said that her arm (on which she recently had surgery) was throbbing prior to the session but afterwards the pain had disappeared. I’ve had people cry after a hypnosis session and tell me they were crying “tears of joy.” That’s some amazing stuff. And I always tell them, all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. It’s not something I do, but something everyone can do for themselves. It’s a God-given talent we all have. We just have to learn how to use it.
Q. What is your most proud accomplishment thus far with your business?
A. Helping others. The examples I previously gave are what keep me in the business. The more people can learn this and pass it on to others, the better off we’ll be as individuals and as a society. I try to talk people into learning the self-hypnosis, not because it’s an additional three sessions, but because I know they’ll get so much more out of it. It’s a tool for life. And I think the larger (not necessarily greater) lesson here is one of personal responsibility. We have to use the gifts God has given us to take care of ourselves and help others take care of themselves. Expecting others to care for us is neglecting the gifts we have been given.
Q. What is the one thing you want the public to understand about your services that you feel they don’t?
A. Hypnosis is a skill. All hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. It can be learned and it can be used to help us deal with just about any problem we have in our lives. (I’m still looking for something with which it doesn’t work). Because it is the power of the mind, its power is limited only by our ability to imagine how to utilize it in our lives. I think many people come to hypnosis expecting me to do something to them. It doesn’t work that way. I can’t make you do anything you don’t choose to do – either in hypnosis or out of it. But if you choose to follow my suggestions, you’re going to be amazed at the results. Master hypnotists are master teachers. They teach people how to use their innate motivation to bring about changes in thinking that have profound effects on behavior, emotions and physiology. I’ve had the privilege of working with a master hypnotist (Ron Eslinger) and I have seen the amazing effects of using hypnosis in my life and the lives of others.