Robert Chula is an Army veteran who wants to help other veterans. But the University of Akron and Stark State graduate wants to use a tool that has not really been tried before - hypnosis.
"As far as I know, there is no program available out there for veterans related to hypnosis," said Chula, who spent 14 years in the Army in the medical service corps. After leaving the Army he received a degree in psychiatric nursing from Stark tech in 1994 and spent the next 23 years working at a variety of positions in Ohio.
Unfortunately, in 2013 his wife was diagnosed with Leukemia, and she passed away in 2015. This hit him particularly hard and Chula decided to retire. After retiring, he lapsing into a period of time where he did very little until he decided to go back to school and get his hypnosis training.
Chula went to Texas for training and received his certification in Hypnosis in October 2017.
His move to working with veterans came in part because he himself was a veteran and because "I enjoyed doing psychiatric work. I wanted to work primarily with veterans, though my services are available to anyone who contacts me."
Chula became a mentor with the Valor Court in Summit County where veterans with legal problems are referred. The idea behind Valor Court was to help them with their legal problems, often caused by their experience in the military.
"My message to the veterans is that hypnosis can help veterans with their problems," Chula said. ""As an example, say you have two guys who survive a mortar attack. One is relieved and happy, the other upset and scared. Using hypnosis, I can help the one who is scared realize that he has nothing to be ashamed or afraid of just because he survived the attack."
Chula believes hypnosis is an effective way to help veterans with PTSD and a host of other problems, including drug use, alcoholism and anger issues.
Chula does not have an office but makes home visits to veterans who get in touch with him. He also works with veterans in the Veterans in Recovery Group that meets each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Good Will Community Campus Boardroom, 408 9th St SW in Canton. Chula can be contacted directed at 1-330-715-1817 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.