A bit about me:
- I am a Jediist Mind Trainer for The Church of Jediism (I’ve created three 6-part courses ‘Jediist Communication Training’, ‘Jediist Awareness Training’ and ‘Jediist Life Balance Training’ visit The Church of Jediism for more details)
- I run The Mind Changers personal development website with Neuroscientist Dr David Lewis where you can find self-help, self-hypnosis and training products of David’s and mine.
- I have sold over 150,000 books on hypnosis, meditation, personal development, parenting and autism spectrum disorder
- My self-hypnosis Mp3’s have been downloaded over 1,000,000 times
- I have over 65,000 YouTube subscribers and my YouTube videos have been viewed over 9,000,000 times (you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here)
- My eCourses have been taken by over 70,000 students from 180 countries (check out my courses here)
- My Asperger’s autobiography ‘Look Into My Eyes’ has been number one bestseller in Autism, Living With Disabilities, and Psychology Biographies categories on Amazon UK and number 30 in all biographies on Amazon UK, and Number 2 in Autism books on Amazon US
- My hypnosis book ‘Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts’ has been number one bestseller in Hypnosis, and Hypnotherapy categories on Amazon UK and US
I am regularly featured in national and international press (see my media page for some examples including BBC Radio, Sky News, The Telegraph and Daily Mail
- I was described in ‘At Home With Gok Wan’ magazine as ‘the UK’s leading personal development coach’
“I am autistic. I was lucky growing up: I discovered meditation and hypnosis, both of these taught me how to engage with others and how to manage the overwhelming amount of information coming into my senses. My aim is to share my experiences with others and help others find their path in life, and spread awareness about what it is like to have Asperger’s syndrome and what others can do to help those with Asperger’s. It is a condition that is often invisible which in my case prior to diagnosis led to judgements and discrimination.”
This website shares my experiences. There is also a dedicated page if you are looking for an autism expert for media hire, and you will find pages sharing about what causes autism, about my experiences around flexibility of thought difficulties, around interests and routines from the perspective of someone with autism, around language and communication difficulties faced by those with autism, and around social and emotional difficulties faced by myself and others with autism. All of this is from my perspective as someone with autism, and as an expert who has over 20 years experience working with those with autism spectrum disorder and their parents/carers, and other involved professionals.
Learn more about my personal & professional experiences of autism in my book ‘Look Into My Eyes: Asperger’s, Hypnosis, and Me’ which has reached number one in ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders’, ‘Psychology Biographies’, ‘Living With Disabilities Biographies’, and ‘Developmental Psychology’ The second edition of ‘Look Into My Eyes’ contains a chapter by my wife about her experiences living with someone with Asperger’s, I have also written a book ‘Asperger’s Syndrome: Tips & Strategies’ covering tips for parents/carers, teachers, friends, employers, and those with autism, and ‘An Autistic Perspective: Death, Dying & Loss’ which shares what the experiences of death, dying and loss is like for someone with autism, differences compared to how others experience these areas, and what you can do to help those on the spectrum cope with these areas and what you can learn from the way autistic people experience death, dying and loss.
I am a #1 best-selling self-published author, I have had over 150,000 books sold, over 9 million YouTube video views, and my self-hypnosis and self-help mp3’s have been downloaded over 1,000,000 times. I have created many online hypnosis, hypnotherapy and parenting training courses and have an extensive background working in child and family support.
My main focus nowadays is on sharing my experiences of being autistic to help educate people about what life is like for autistic individuals, and how autism spectrum disorder is often a ‘hidden condition’ especially for those without a diagnosis, how helpful diagnosis can be for those autistic individuals, and what skills those with autism need to learn to improve their social skills. I also share knowledge from my 20+years working as a professional with autistic individuals, their families, employers and involved professionals.
I am available for holding talks, workshops, seminars, youtube collaborations and media requests. More information can be found on the media/hiring page.
I am from Chichester, West Sussex, I’m a hypnotherapy trainer and author and have authored over 30 books on Hypnosis, Therapy and Self Help including Amazon number one bestsellers ‘Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts’ and ‘Take Control of Your Life’, and I am registered with ‘The General Hypnotherapy Register’.
I have extensive experience within the caring profession. I began working in the caring profession in 1997 working with adults with mental health, learning and developmental disabilities including schizophrenia, manic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism. I then moved into working with children and young people with challenging behaviour in residential care homes (where I also helped to set up a therapeutic children’s home). Many of the children had oppositional defiance disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism/Asperger’s. I then moved into parenting and family work, including managing teams of parenting & family support workers. I supported parents with children and teens who were committing anti-social behaviour and youth crime to help those parents to stop their children continuing to do their negative behaviours, and supported families around family relationships, child/teen to parent violence and abuse, getting parents back into work, helping families stop their anti-social behaviour, getting children back into school, and helping family members with their mental health, and more. I have also spent since 2002 working with clients for personal development, performance enhancement, depression and anxiety disorders, addictions, and more, as well as offering training around hypnosis, therapy, parenting and family support, breakaway and safety awareness, safeguarding, and conflict resolution, and other topics, for private workshops, local authority staff, charities, and care home staff.
Due to my differences I have faced discrimination, I have been threatened with being laid off if I didn’t start saying good morning and goodbye to other staff, I have been accused of having ‘mental problems’ because I have struggled with certain workplace changes like having to move desk and have my work environment changed, I have faced discrimination for thinking differently on work courses and in professional supervisions, and have had people assume I am arrogant and get angry with me for this because I can often be found on courses sitting in a corner on my own not engaging with others.
I struggle with certain situations, but at the same time feel that my way of perceiving the world gives me strengths many others don’t necessarily have.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
Dan Jones is an autistic hypnotic YouTuber. In 2011 he was ’33rd most viewed Guru’ on YouTube in the YouTube charts at the time and his hypnosis and personal development YouTube channel was regularly listed in the top 100 charts for Education and How-To channels. Dan has been a YouTuber since January 2007 but as he became popular he started facing increasing levels of abuse and trolling which led him to almost fully close down his channel in late 2011 where he removed about 600 of his videos and remained reasonably inactive until coming back to YouTube again in 2016.
In the early days Dan used to vlog weekly posting random videos of what he was getting up to and random thoughts he would have which he often filmed on his 240×320 pixel phone, he would film some things with a camcorder like himself and his best friend doing drunk karaoke or just sitting getting deep into random conversations or doing experimental hypnosis like exploring past-lives, future progression, astral-traveling, etc. He also used to hold live streaming webinars teaching hypnosis and would upload these videos to YouTube for people who missed them, and would occasionally talk about different products and do product unboxings from buying new Ugg boots through to new books or talking about the equipment he uses, he has also always shared many self hypnosis, self help and relaxation videos, focusing half his videos at educating people how to do effective therapy and half at offering support to viewers around mental health and autism spectrum disorder. Dan also frequently shared out-takes from his recording either of mistakes or unused clips or messing around (like doing ventriloquism) while videos are processing.
As well as being a YouTuber Dan is an experienced, qualified and insured professionally accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Trainer with over 20 years experience, he often refers to what he does as Chaos Therapy, and thinks of himself as a TranceFormation Coach, but most others refer to him as a Mind Coach. He has authored over 30 books on Hypnosis, Meditation, Therapy, Self Help, Parenting and Autism Spectrum Disorder including Amazon number one bestsellers ‘Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts’ and ‘Take Control of Your Life’, and is registered with ‘The General Hypnotherapy Register’. Dan is autistic and has written a best-selling book about his personal and professional experiences and knowledge ‘Look Into My Eyes’ (which reached number 30 in the charts for all biographies and number 1 in the charts for autism, psychological biographies, and living with disabilities) and two other autism books ‘Asperger’s Syndrome: Tips & Strategies’ and ‘An Autistic Perspective: Death, Dying and Loss’.
Dan rarely does therapy now, preferring to focus on writing and creating digital content. He occasionally teaches therapy skills to others from short courses to an advanced and comprehensive GHSC (General Hypnotherapy Standards Council) accredited Hypnotherapy training courses based on his twenty years of learning and experience of therapy with many hundreds of clients presenting with problems from anxiety and depression, to phobias and relationship or family difficulties, from anger and sleep problems, to pain and psychosomatic problems. Dan has also helped people with Cancer (pain management, quality of life, sickness), Essential Tremors, Tourettes, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and common problems presented to Hypnotherapists like smoking and weight loss.
Dan has attended some of the top courses on hypnotherapy including training with Uncommon Knowledge at Brighton University, Brighton and with Stephen Brooks and British Hypnosis Research at Roehampton University, London.
As well as these two courses over twenty years of doing Hypnotherapy Dan has undertaken many courses in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Human Givens Therapy, various forms of Hypnotherapy, Meditation and Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Relaxation Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and various forms of Psychotherapeutic Practice and he continues to attend further training and personal development and has an extensive hypnotherapy, psychology and psychotherapy library. Dan has also trained in Clinical Supervision with an accredited British Psychological Society training.
Dan also has extensive experience working with people therapeutically. He began working in the caring profession in 1997 working with adults with mental health, learning and developmental disabilities including schizophrenia, manic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism. He worked with children and young people with challenging behaviour in residential care homes (where he also helped to set up a therapeutic children’s home). Many of the children had oppositional defiance disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism/Asperger’s. He then moved into parenting and family support work, including managing teams of parenting & family support workers. He supported parents with children and teens who were committing anti-social behaviour and youth crime to help those parents to stop their children continuing to do anti-social behaviour & youth crime, and supported families around family relationships, child/teen to parent violence and abuse, getting parents back into work, helping families stop their anti-social behaviour, getting children back into school, and helping family members with their mental health, and more. Dan has also spent since 2002 working with clients for personal development, performance enhancement, depression and anxiety disorders (including phobias, PTSD and OCD), addictions, and more, as well as offering training around hypnosis, therapy, parenting, autism spectrum disorder and family support, breakaway and safety awareness, and conflict resolution.
Dan has also developed and teaches a ‘Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Humanistic Solution Focused Psychotherapy and Ideo-Dynamic ‘Psycho-Cellular’ Healing’ which comprises of 144 hours of classroom tuition and over 450 hours of additional required study. He has taught many therapists as well as carrying out research, running therapeutic groups, training courses and holding talks in the UK and abroad around hypnosis, therapy, parenting and autism spectrum disorder, and working on other research projects and media projects and writing articles and books, including a chapter for Professor Ursula James third edition ‘Clinical Hypnosis Textbook, which is the textbook for many hypnotherapy diploma and degree courses.