Fred Bogin is an interesting man. He has a quick smile and an ease about him. Like any doctor in retirement, he lives for golf. What he doesn’t tell you, however, is how the simple pleasure of this sport became a goal, an achievement of regaining his physical mobility. So how does golf, extensive spinal surgery, and self-hypnosis all fit together? Well, there’s more to come… But for now, we’ll let Fred tell you, in his own words, a little about what he does.
Can you tell me what you do? What is your specialty?
How did you fall into this work? Was there a heart-pumping moment that drew you in?
I got involved in hypnosis because as a medical student I saw a demonstration by a psychiatrist and I said to myself — “That is so cool; I’m going to learn how to do that some day.”
How long have you been practicing this technique/modality?
I attended my first hypnosis training conference in 1979. I have offered hypnosis to my pediatric patients since that initial training and continued to attend workshops/conferences over the years.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love teaching kids self-hypnosis because it is fun, safe, and an extremely powerful tool to deal with a myriad of physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
Who/what is the single biggest influence in your work? (If there are too many, pick one! It could be your most current.)
I would have to say that there are two individuals who have had the biggest influence on my work — Karen Olness and Dan Kohen. They are both pediatricians who have worked with children through hypnosis for over 40 years. They co-authored the definitive textbook — Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy With Children and I consider them both personal friends (having worked with them at many hypnosis conferences). Karen is considered by many to be the “grandmother of pediatric hypnosis” and she is truly a Mother Teresa type of individual.
How did you connect with CLINIC?
I was looking for office space (just 1/2 day/week) and I heard about CLINIC.
What is the thing you love most about CLINIC?
I most love the great mix of wonderful people with a broad range of individual specialties.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
I would tell someone starting out in pediatric hypnosis to enjoy themselves and to be prepared for some very powerful results.
What are you dreams?
My dreams are to become a more and more effective hypnotherapist and to help as many kids as possible.
How do you take care of yourself on a daily basis?
I try to do self-hypnosis daily (although this is still a goal, not a reality).