Welcome to my website, for prospective clients, hypnosis students,
and colleagues.  Scroll down to find the pages that interest you.
We had  an outstanding 2016 winter class, certifying 6 new professional
Consulting Hypnotists/Hypnotherapists, adding to the growing professional
group in the capital region.   Our graduation was April 21st at our local
chapter meeting of the Capital Region Chapter of the National Guild of
Hypnotists.    So far, we have 10 new consulting hypnotists here.  Our next
class begins winter of 2017!!!!!  Scroll down the page for the tentative dates;
"It is by no means certain that our individual personality
is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames.
We all do things, both awake and asleep, which surprise us.
Perhaps we have co-tenants in this house we live in,"
Oliver Wendell Holmes, quoted in The Myth of Sanity, by Martha Stout, PhD

What is it that people like me do that’s called ‘’psychotherapy’’, ‘’hypnotherapy”?     
There are many goals, types and purposes of therapy, and many types of
practitioners.   Most of psychotherapy is teaching, no more special than a school
teacher or a music teacher.   We often teach;
Mood management; how to identify changes of mood as they arise and to have more
choice on what to feel, more choice of what thoughts to follow, and detective work, to
identify the origin and apply the remedy for an old trauma, incident, or ‘’imprint’’.  
‘’Family of origin work’’, to separate and individuate from old obsolete parental
influences while keeping the positives as resources.   To settle old grudges with
people from the past, even dead people, who live on in the mind.  
To teach how to grieve, to emotionally ‘’say good-bye’’ to the lingering sense of loss
and abandonment when someone dies, leaves or changes, relationship work.
To have more choice in negotiating satisfaction from the people who matter, and still
keeping what is valuable, managing the risk in all choices,
And there’s  ‘’attention training’’, learning how to focus better, join the study of being
more present, to be and feel more authentic, more like a whole person.  
For enhanced experience of well-being, to identify and experience pleasure in a
more integrated way, gratitude for the enjoyment in almost every moment.  
Enriched behavioral responses and choice to any challenge or fear.     
There’s management of sensation in the body, sensitizing and desensitizing.  
Last but not least, preparation for death, ‘’bucket list’’ development, consciousness of
limits of life, of ending.    Still curious?  

Most local insurance plans are accepted.  My office address is door letter “F”,
Building 6, Executive Park Drive in Albany, which is easily accessible from Fuller
Road and/or behind Stuyvesant Plaza Shopping Center.   Office hours often vary
with the school calendar.  Out of courtesy for others, any cancellations must be 24
hours before the appointment.  ........
Different clients start from different
places. For some,  medication
dulling the feeling is sufficient.
No curiosity.
Others are willing to inquire into the
present feeling to identify the old
mis-perceptions that maintain the
Still others are willing to identify the
source of the feeling, and correct
the original disillusionment or
trauma.  The job is to experience
emotions now that were not allowed
We may find yet another feeling,
from yet another experience, that
also is appropriate to address.  
Ultimately, the healing and growth
process is to
cycle deeper and
deeper into a given issue,
sometimes now, sometimes later,
with the same or sometimes
different therapist.   We're done
when there's an experience of
acceptance and peace.
2002.  BOARD
".... To put the matter metaphorically, as long as your attitude is one of actively trying to get rid of an anxiety-provoking
feeling, you are seeing  only its dark emotional surface.  At that level of awareness, the emotion looks like dirty bath
water.  You can't see through the anxiety, guilt or shame that it stirs up.  As you let yourself
have the feeling....experience
the emotion fully....your attentiveness deepens, and you begin to notice the baby in the bathwater, the previously
disowned awareness that has been there all along, obscured by the inner conflict that it provoked.  The process is a
subtle but also a very natural one.  Whether you prefer to think of it simply as getting in touch with a feeling, or more
profoundly, as listening to the soul, you will realize once you experience it that you have always known how to do it."
Elio Frattaroli, MD,
Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World,
".......If we're committed to comfort at any
cost, as soon as we come up to the least
edge of pain, we're going to run; we'll
never know what's behind that particular
barrier or wall or fearful thing......."
Pema Chodron,
Awakening Loving
This is the exterior
door on the north
side of Building 6
on Executive Park
Drive, Albany
Plenty of parking
right across from
the door
They are not long, the weeping and the
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

Ernest Dowson
Thank-you for visiting my website.  There's lots of information about psychotherapy, counseling, and hypnotherapy for your here.  For the For
the most influential books on my work and information for students and hypnotists, visit my
Bibliography page.  Listed are several dozen of the
most informative books on hypnosis, trauma, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, family therapy, and spiritual matters.  The page on my
Alcohol Course describes an informative, healing based educational course applicable to compulsions of all kinds, with or without
substances.    Our family's history, going back generations to the behavior of people we never knew, often has a powerful current effect, living on
unhealed in our reactions, dreams, emotions and influencing our choices.  The
Family Tree, or Genogram diagram is like a road map back
into history.           On the
Frequently asked questions page, I answer several important questions distinguishing hypnotherapy from
psychotherapy.  Several prominent  researchers and theorists,
Peter Levine, PhD. and Marianne Eckberg, PhD. have described Grounding,
Centering and Breathing
exercises to calm intense anxiety and emotional overwhelm.  
Lectures and demonstrations, I am available to speak to any appropriate group as described on the corresponding page.  Links are
provided to the sites of my most recent teachers and mentors, providing additional information on psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.  
Thank-you page acknowledges some of my most influential teachers and mentors with gratitude.
For my related education, training, experience and qualifications, visit my
Resume page.  
Distinct from abuse,
Neglect is uncountable, subtle, subconscious, and lives on long after that period of life has passed, yet is especially hard to identify.  
The Pain Page; Pain is often very responsive to hypnotherapy, especially when the subconscious emotions beneath the pain can be identified.  
The work of
John Sarno, MD. is especially relevant and valuable here.  Finally, my Hypnosis page describes the process of healing through the
evolution of modern techniques from the original masters.  
OnFathering reflects the observations of several authors and my own findings on the tragic absence of the essential fatherly influence on
growing boys and girls in our culture.  
For Therapists suggests referring psychotherapy clients who seem bogged down and would benefit from
a precise identification and resolution of the subconscious origin of the impediment as a supplement.  
Not Good Enough specifies the
childhood misconceptions and shame is actually a powerful post-hypnotic suggestion. The
Anxiety Page describes how one of our most
difficult feelings is actually a
signal of obsolete danger, but from within.
Waiting room
inside on the right
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.:The job of the hypnotist was
no longer to induce a trance,
but rather to dehypnotize the
individual out of the trance
he/she was already
experiencing...."  Stephen
Wolinsky, PhD.,
People Live
Become a Professional
Hypnotist or
An amazing career awaits you
when you learn the theory and
ethical practice of hypnotism.  Not
just a clinical practice,
[quit smoking, weight loss and
but sales, teaching, ministry,
customer service, coaching,
bodywork, criminal law, advertising,
the arts, psychology,
psychosomatic medicine, politics,
and the cultivation of pleasure in
intimate relationships.   Hypnosis
is an influence technology that
affects anything to do with people,
communication, ideas and
2018 Class Schedule to be posted
before the summer.

The day starts at 8am and goes to
6pm.  The course requires 100
hours and costs $1800.00.   
Payment due prior to the first
class.  Professional NGH
certification on completion of hours
and passing final exam.  
See my website;
www.hypnosistraining.website for the
class descriptions and content..
2017 Professional Hypnosis Instruction and Certification,  
as certified through
The National Guild of Hypnotists
for training information, call
Hypnosis is an especially effective influence technology that is at the heart of advertising, religion, politics, courtship, psychotherapy, sales.   The dates
and times for the 2017 Professional Hypnotism training are now available.
Consulting hypnotists are non-licensed professionals who offer important client services, including smoking cessation, weight management, and stress
reduction to individuals, groups and corporations.   Other services include attention training, self-hypnosis, theatre techniques, confidence building, public
speaking, spirituality, neuro-linguistic programming, and many others.   
Hypnotherapists, [MSW, PhD, RN, LMHC, MD], as licensed therapists, may use the same hypnosis theory and techniques for diagnostically appropriate
mental health services  including age-regression, parts therapy, Gestalt therapy and other abreactive techniques.    
Upon satisfactory completion of hypnosis training, both consulting hypnotists and hypnotherapists are certified National Guild of Hypnotists members and
will receive the certification Diploma along with the NGH membership benefits.   
Your instructor;
James M. Hislop, LCSW, BCH, CI
Call (518) 577-8367 for no-cost pre-registration interview.
2017 Class Schedule, Saturdays and Sundays;
Module 1; February 11, 12th
Module 2; March 4, 5, 18, 19th
Module 3; April 1, 2, 22, 23rd
with possible make-up on Saturday, May 6th..  
find more information at  www.hypnosistraining.website
Ask yourself, “What would it feel like, if I didn't feel so afraid, or angry, or
discouraged.  What would I be doing?”   Perhaps the medication that seemed to be
helpful before has grown tired, and that the old therapy hours of talking
about  the
feeling haven’t recently improved anything.  It’s even hard to identify that lousy
feeling, but it continues to return the more you try to fight it.  The past is still
controlling the present.  It feels like you are running from yourself.  The old
distractions have stopped working.  What would it be like, instead, to be fearless
about this unwanted feeling, to say,” Bring it on”, and resolve the feeling every time
like defeating an old bully.  
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost
"We humans are anatomically and behaviorally
two different people, in constant conflict...."John
The Divided Mind
James M. Hislop, LCSW, BCH, CI
NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Board Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Instructor
through the National Guild of Hypnotists