Local men’s hypnotism business grows during pandemic – Boston 25 News

Starting a new career always has its challenges, but how about embarking on a new job at 50? We spoke with a man from Newburyport who became a hypnotist, helping hundreds of people quit smoking.

As a stay-at-home dad to twin girls, Andy Morris had a bunch of part-time jobs. But at 50, he started a new career after watching his wife lose weight with the help of a hypnotist.

“I don’t want to spend too much money, I don’t want to take too much time, but I said you know I think I could do this hypnosis thing,” Andy Morris said.

He trained with the National Guild of Hypnotists and launched “Better Life Hypnosis” in 2011.

“I was a chronic smoker,” said Karen Marena, a former client. “I loved to smoke.”

Karen Marena is one of Andy’s former clients. She smoked for almost 30 years, but after a session with Andy she never took a cigarette again.

“I got out, got in my car and drove off,” Marena said. “I’ve never done this before. I always got in my car, lit a cigarette, left.

Andy has opened an office in downtown Newburyport. But when the pandemic hit, it forced him to walk away. He says it has helped his business. Andy now has clients from all over the country.

“When I first started working remotely it took me a little while to get going but all of a sudden, instead of just the Newburyport area I can now do it remotely and I ‘ve developed a system to do it remotely on my computer,” Morris said.

Andy spends the first half of his sessions talking to his clients face to face and explaining what is going to happen.

“In the second half you’re under hypnosis, you just need to hear me,” Morris said. “And they can do it from the comfort of their own bedroom or couch.”

Andy admits some people are a bit skeptical. But her client Michaele from Illinois had been smoking since she was 14 and was desperate to quit.

“You can’t wait for Andy to wave a magic wand, but if you want it hard enough, it will work for you,” Michaele said.

A big difference with working from home for Andy is that it’s a bit more difficult to wake up his clients if they fall asleep during the session.

“I’ll say hello to them and if they don’t respond I’ll text them,” Andy said. “They’ll get through this eventually. I still count them.

Andy has helped hundreds of people quit smoking. He says the success of his business is two-fold: his clients have to believe they can do it, and he has to believe in himself and what he does.

“You gotta keep pushing, you gotta understand that’s what I believe in, I’m good at it,” Andy said. “I believe in this, it works, I just have to keep trying and adapting.”

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