I didn’t start learning hypnosis to help other people. I started learning it to help myself. But once I discovered what a powerful tool it is for growth and change, I knew I had to share what I know.
I’m Jeff Richards and I founded Peak Performance Hypnosis in the fall of 2000 to help people feel better, do better, and be better, but my story doesn’t start there. I first discovered the power of hypnosis in 1986 when I helped my college roommate fall asleep the night before his Economics midterm exam. I didn’t even know then that what I was doing was hypnosis; it was just something I’d read in a “new age” book that had worked for me and he was having trouble getting to sleep so I offered to walk him through it. And it worked! And it scared me so much that I never finished reading that book and I didn’t think about it again for 13 years.
Those 13 years were rough. My college major was International Studies specializing in the Soviet Union; two years after I graduated, the USSR collapsed, the Cold War ended, and my intended career field fell apart. I was in a head-on collision that crushed the bones in my face and left me blind in one eye. Side-effects from the medication I was prescribed for that eye led to depression and hearing voices. And once I got on a new class of drug that didn’t have me thinking that I was going crazy, I had to develop a new set of skills for living that didn’t revolve around the problems that I had lived with for over a decade and now no longer had.
And so I began searching for ways to live a better, healthier, happier life...a life where I could make up for all the time I lost merely surviving and start thriving! Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) got me started down that road and it has become a set of tools that I use with clients and in my daily life. Learning how to take conscious control of normally-unconconscious behaviors and thinking really opened my eyes! When you discover how to master the ways in which your mind encodes and stores information, your ability to manipulate that encoding to achieve the thoughts and feelings which you desire will take your life to the next level.
But wait, there’s more! I began to study hypnosis because many of the most powerful NLP strategies came from modeling the behavior of successful hypnotists like Dr. Milton H. Erickson. Through my studies of hypnosis, I discovered how to help others achieve the powerful results that you can get from NLP without all of the study and practice that NLP otherwise requires. In short, my clients get to leverage my years of study and practice in order to solve problems and break through mental blocks that they’ve been struggling with for a long time.
I love my job. I get to help people find solutions to issues that have been holding them back for years...sometimes decades! Time is the most valuable commodity we possess and being able to save people time that they otherwise would have spent struggling and suffering is the most rewarding thing that I’ve ever experienced.
Today I am a recognized authority in the fields of hypnosis and NLP. I am certified as a hypnotist through the International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), and as a trainer of hypnosis and NLP through the International Certification Board of Coaches & Hypnotists (ICBCH). My clients come from all over the world and work with me in my office in Columbus, Ohio or by Zoom from wherever they may call home.
When would now be a good time to move past survival and start to thrive? I can help you do that. Schedule a time for us to talk about your goals, your challenges, and how you can take your life to the next level with hypnosis.