Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Author Interview - Shayn Cutino

Shayn Cutino, of Anja Wellness, is a hypnotherapist, author and speaker and works in a therapeutic capacity with clients of all ages. She is a widely requested speaker for schools, community groups and hospitals. Continuing her education, Shayn became certified through CIHAS as a clinical hypnotherapist and graduated with honors from the Global College of Natural Medicine, where she received her certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner.

Shayn is a contributing co-author of “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health”, a new book created by founder and owner David Riklan of Self Improvement Online, Inc. This book is a compilation of 101 leading experts with proven strategies and reliable tried-and-true ways to become a healthier person.

How did the name Anja for your business come about?

Anja is a Sanskrit word meaning all knowing and intuitive. Since I am a clinical hypnotherapist, I utilize my intuition a lot when dealing with my clients. The name resonated with me and the best part was that it started with A, which for marketing purposes, puts me on the top of the food chain.

What are your writing habits? Do you work on an outline before starting the actual story?

My writing habits are random. I do make an outline but it is generally very rough. I always ask myself the basic who, what, when, where, why and how questions when writing. My frustration lies in believing that I have completed a project and then, when I go back to it, it appears incomplete.

How do you set to the task of promoting your articles and presentations?

I utilize my web site as well as local publications to promote myself. I also send out a monthly ezine to my entire database announcing upcoming events.

Your current CD series was created to help people unblock what stands in their way in life. Do you find one more popular than the other?

Yes, I have so many requests for the deep relaxation and stress reduction CD’s. Our world moves so quickly now that most of us are under the impression that we never have enough time. Taking time to slow down your breathing and relax the body is key to staying healthy as well as grounded in this fast paced society.

What do teenagers want to learn from you the most?

I have done numerous presentations at the local high schools and most teenagers are just fascinated with hypnosis in general. When I give a presentation I include a sample of hypnosis and the majority of them love the experience and are very receptive to it. When it comes to my teen age clientele, most of those kids are seeking confidence for athletic abilities, overcoming test anxieties and fear and phobia reduction.

Tell us about your new book. What inspired you to write it?

I am so excited about my new book, which I anticipate having done by July 2008. Without giving away the store, I feel that there is such a huge need for this type of book. I believe the topic is one that each of us struggles with at some point and time in our lives and I feel that this book will literally help thousands of people. I was inspired to write this book because of my own life experiences and then when I opened my practice, I began to notice a pattern with my clients. We all have a common thread and this is what I discuss in my upcoming book. I believe that this is something I was destined to deliver to the world and I am really excited about the project.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What seems to work for unleashing your creativity?

Wow, that is an understatement! Do I suffer from writers block…..absolutely! What generally helps me is to walk away from the project and just let it sit. Then I meditate and reflect on what it is I want to achieve and I ask for answers as well as guidance in helping me to move forward. This works very well for me.

As a therapist you are always helping others move forward with their lives. What is your biggest challenge you have faced?

Detachment. Like I mentioned earlier, I use my intuitive abilities a lot in session and my feelings are very strong. When faced with a client who comes in and literally dumps on my doorstep, I need to let them vent, help them and then let it go. I believe that all therapists have this struggle because we are dealing with peoples emotions and having them re-live experiences, good as well as bad and sad.

What type of books did you read as a child?

My favorite reads were Little Women and Nancy Drew books.

What is the most important success lesson you have learned?

Success comes from perseverance. You simply can never give up. You must remain diligent and passionate about what you do.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your works?

Thank you for asking. Yes I do. My website is www.anjawellness.com and my blog can be found on my web site.

Thank you Shayn for taking the time to answer these questions today.
To find out more about Shayn go to her website at
www.anjawellness.com and discover what all she has to offer and download her Speaker one-sheet..

To add to the mix, Shayn is a professional speaker and is available to provide an array of workshops and presentation topics for your group or school.

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  1. Carma...great interview. Your questions were fantastic and Shayn's answers are very insightful. Well done!


  2. Thank you Donna. I am glad you enjoyed reading the interview.