I trained to become a hypnotherapist in 2006. I learned of the death of someone I loved very much on the morning before the marketing class. I completed the course and earned the certification without ever making up the missed class. I took a few weeks off, turned thirty and enrolled in a holistic health practitioner distance learning program. At the time I wanted both CHt and HHP behind my name. I studied steadily without any emotional, moral or spiritual support. In fact, the older woman who rented my downstairs flat dismissed my education as some fluffy rich kid's bullshit.
I had no support as a hypnotherapist and very little sympathy for having lost a long term love. I had already mentally committed myself to moving house a couple years prior when the love moved away. Getting an unsolicited offer on my property came as no surprise. I left L.A. for Alameda and took a little time off. I threw myself into community management, events planning and public relations. I excelled at dining and drinking out, hosting parties and socializing. Then I succumbed to it. I noticed myself not making real friends. My love affairs fell flat and my connection to family living nearby weakened. I found myself all alone with a baby in a hospital with only a couple drinking buddies to call on.
My life changed when I made the proactive choice to explore hypnotherapy and life coaching as a career track in 2006. My career plans changed the moment that phone rang on the morning before the marketing class shortly after. Death had eclipsed my progress once again. I had just learned how to make phone calls at age five when my father murdered my mother and killed himself. I had my first experience with hypnotherapy during grief counseling at age seven. I took my training right before I turned thirty and then I lost a love just as I had lost my own father. I moved house less than a year later and became someone else. I adopted a destructive, non-sustainable lifestyle as a means to escape every personal loss I had ever experienced. Camille Kea, CHt has never had her moment.