You're so kind and thoughtful with your words. Such words are so expressive of your feelings and energy. I think this is one of the gifts of being sensitive, the ability to sense or feel each other through words :)
If I had a better memory than what I do, I'd consider studying psychology. A few people I know have mentioned this field to me. My daughter studied psychology in years 11 and 12 and last year in her first year of uni. She's recently changed courses to study primary school teaching, by the way. She'll be a great and inspiring leader of children. The amount of info that needs to be retained in the study of psychology is incredibly challenging. I think you need a pretty solid memory in order to study it. You never know, if something leads me to basically develop my memory, I may g on to reconsider :)
With the psychic aspect, what comes to mind is 'What would Jesus do?', which is one of the greatest Christian mantras. You could ask 'What would the church say about this?' but, at the end of the day, what Jesus may do (or say) in regard to a particular practice may be very different from the church. I should add, I've come across some pure money making charlatans (with all their tricks of the trade) when it comes to the psychic side of things, yet I've also come across some incredibly genuine people, who have an undeniable connection to being able to see or hear the way forward, regarding divine inspiration. So, while the church may be against employing psychics, perhaps Jesus may say 'Find the person who has the clearest channel to the divine, so that if you can't see and hear clearly at the moment, they can do this for you'. The reason I include the words 'at the moment' is based on the fact there are times where we can see and hear what's naturally inspiring. Keep in mind, inspiration is not always joyful and lighthearted, sometimes we may be inspired to to undertake the incredible mind altering heartbreaking challenge of cutting depressing or stressful people out of our life. Divine inspiration can be deeply challenging.
I can't help but wonder what led you to consider the hypnosis and focusing on protection from negative energies. Could it have been divine inspiration? Chunty, I imagine you already channel the divine, through prayer. Sometimes, the greatest challenge is to ignore what others think about the way in which we receive inspiration :)
By the way, with the psychic aspect, I'd advise seeking recommendations from people.