Therapists are welcome to refer a suitable client for a brief course of
hypnotherapy to revitalize an ongoing course of psychotherapy.  Often, there is a
difficult-to-identify obstacle interfering with the progress towards the client's
goals, the stage of ''stuckness''. Talking about a difficult emotion is often helpful,
but sometimes the greatest resolution comes from working with the emotion
directly, and sometimes by someone else.  
Many therapists practicing the less ''experiential'' therapies, such as
cognitive-behavioral and psycho dynamic, can find that the regular process can
get bogged down around identifying, revivifying and resolving difficult emotions.  
Talk based therapy procedures don't generally gain easy access to the historical,
childhood or somatic held complexes.  There have been many recent theories
and procedures that claim to be more efficient, or at least more direct, by working
with current experience.  
Experiential therapies such as
hypnotherapy, which includes gestalt  and
psychodrama processes, can identify and work with the troublesome emotions in
the present, and push to completion those old experiences that haven't yet
responded to insight through talking about them.

Consider referring your client if and when;
-issues have solidified around resistance,
-transference problems arise,
-a faster method is necessary for a given issue,
-the client is curious about hypnosis and experiential methods,
-there is a need to deeper investigate old memories or experiences.

With the client's permission, and if appropriate, the therapist is welcome to join
our sessions as an observer.  

For interested therapists, there are many resources for learning experiential
methods, starting with
The National Guild of Hypnotists,, The American
Society of Clinical Hypnosis
,, and The Hudson Valley Psychodrama
For Therapists
As specified by the NYS Education Department;
On certification, you can practice as an unlicensed
''consulting hypnotist"  or to add to your licensed therapy
practice, OR  ''hypnotherapist'',  for the [LMHC, LCSW,
LMSW, PHD, MD, RN, MDiv].  
Consulting Hypnotist offers many non-clinical services
around weight/habit improvement, confidence, quit
smoking, stress management, forgive the past, time focus
management, managing discomfort among many other
services.   A
Hypno-therapist is already a licensed
therapist who adds hypnosis theory and practice to the
practice of psychotherapy.  Either training joins and is
certified by the
National Guild of Hypnotists,

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"......If you find yourself feeling spacy, constricted, adrenalized, or
overwhelmed, it is helpful to intensify and release the way you are
organized physically to undo the shock organization in your body.  This
will get the energy wave moving again and establish more staying
connected to oneself.  In general, I stress how crucial it is to stay
grounded when doing this work.  "Staying grounded" means that one
feels connected to one's self and to the ground, that there is some
expansiveness in the body tissue rather than constriction.    One's
breathing is open, and there is a fluidity and movement throughout the
To ensure that I stay grounded and stabilized, I meditate for an hour in
the morning, I go to a health club where I exercise and detoxify in the
sauna and the hot tub, and develop very good boundaries in my contact
with survivors.  Instead of feeling tired at the end of the day, I often feel
more energized than at the beginning.
Marianne Eckberg, Victims of Cruelty
"...Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.  We think that the point is to pass
the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved.  They come
together and they fall apart.  They come together again, and they fall apart again.  It's just like that.  The
healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen; room for grief, for relief, for misery,
for joy. ".....
Pema Chodron,
When Things Fall Apart
2018 Course Outline
posted below;
Professional Hypnosis Instruction and Certification
The National Guild of Hypnotists

Once a year, I offer professional certification hypnotist training for non-licensed students, titled ‘’consulting
hypnotists’’, and licensed therapists, titled “hypnotherapists’’.   Both titles may use hypnosis theory and
techniques in their practice.  
Consulting hypnotists offer important client services, including smoking cessation, weight management, and
stress reduction to individuals and groups.   Many other services include attention training, self-hypnosis,
Gestalt and theatre techniques, confidence building with public speaking and other challenges.  
Hypnotherapists, as licensed therapists, may use the same hypnosis theory and techniques, offer the same
services, and are often on health insurance panels as their license allows.  Hypnotherapists add a mental
health dimension to diagnose and treat mental disorders using hypnosis techniques when indicated.      
Upon completion of hypnosis training, both consulting hypnotists and hypnotherapists, are National Guild of
Hypnotists members and will receive the certification certificate, the NGH membership card, the quarterly
Journal of Hypnotism, the HypnoGram, and many additional resources that go with Guild membership.   
The 2018  professional training is scheduled for 5 specific weekends in from January to May.  The course
requires 100 hours and costs $1800.00.   

Visit my website devoted to the course:
Look at our local chapter website,
Look at our national chapter website,
Extensive use of training videos and popular movies to illustrate points about the hypnosis experience, practice
and theo
In class demonstrations and rehearsal, theatre and scripts
Later workshops through the guild offer unlimited opportunities for advanced training in specialties
Local chapter has monthly meetings with ongoing educational presentations and speakers
2018 Class Schedule to be posted
before Fall 2017.
Hypnosis Course Outline, One Page
Needed Texts; Manuals 1,2, and M. Gerald Edelstein, MD, Trance, Trauma, and Transformation

1.        Day 1.  Intro to Hypnosis, Manual Lessons 1-5, essentials prior to actually hypnotizing clients, including
definitions of hypnosis, suggestibility tests, influences, cautions, history and theories.  Inductions, purposes
and values.  How to Hypnotize, Manual lessons 6-10, including depth stages of hypnosis, suggestion
management, and emerging procedures.   Banyan’s ‘’Pretalk’’.   Begin with; Scent of a Woman DVD, how
movies employ hypnosis, and how to find hypnotic elements in movies.   
2.        Day 2.  Basic hypnosis methods, Manual lessons 11-14, Development of suggestions and scripts,     
Conscious and unconscious mind functions and the use of anchoring are covered.  The con artist.  
Compliance.  Post-hypnotic suggestion. Finish  Scent of a Woman.
3.        Day 3.  Begin, DVD Prince of Tides,   Manual lessons 15-17, applications, including smoking cessation,
weight control, and stress management programs.   Lesson 18, Ethics, standards of practice, and
recommended terminology.  On pragmatic assessment for hypnosis.   About your library; essential books
show and tell.  
4.        Day 4, Manual lessons 19-25, Session structure, behavioral assessment, and goal setting.   Continue
Prince of Tides, , Hypnotic Leading and Pacing, Affect Regulation with hypnotic techniques and “Attention
Training’’.   Uncovering techniques, more on self hypnosis. Bradshaw’s Toxic Shame, on Compliance, by
Banyan and David White.
5.        Day 5, Advanced on; Begin; Trauma, Trance and Transformation, by M. Gerald Edelstien, MD.  P, 1-
25.  Practice & Teach Self-Hypnosis.  Using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy exercises and cognitive waking
hypnosis, affect bridge, Bradshaw’s On Toxic Shame ,     Hypnotic coma and the Esdaile state.   Emotional
Freedom Technique; is it hypnosis?   More on self-hypnosis.  Roger Woolger’s, Deep Memory Process.   
Finish  Prince of Tides.
6.        Day 6, M. Gerald Edelstien, p. 25-50, Advanced on; The Problem of Evil.   Begin movie, The
Sacrament, sociopaths, codependents, religious abuse, narcissists and their hypnosis, Ross Rosenberg on
narcissism, body memory, Babette Rothschild, LCSW and Peter Levine PhD trauma treatment and hypnosis.  
Mass hysteria, evil, scenes from The Jonestown Massacre. Conversational hypnosis.  Scenes from, The Devil’
s Advocate.
7.        Day 7, M. Gerald Edelstien, p. 50-75.  Advanced on; Hypnosis for Pain, Psychosomatic trance, Neuro-
linguistic Programming.    Healing through catharsis and forgiveness.   The Genogram as hypnosis.  Sarno’s,  
The Divided Mind.    Hypnosis for pain and Ron Eslinger’s work.  NLP and videos.   Finish movie; The
8.        Day 8. M. Gerald Edelstien, p. 75-100.  Advanced on; Fears, Fear of death, Phobias.  Begin, Meet Joe
Black. Anxiety, age regression to cause, Informed Child Technique, Empty Chair Technique and other
Gestalt, Forensic hypnosis, Hyperemperia and hypnosis for pleasure and self-esteem.   The trance of love.   
9.        Day 9. M. Gerald Edelstien, p. 100-125.  Advanced on; Transpersonal Psychology Hypnosis as a
treatment modality. Continue movie Meet Joe Black.    Parts Therapy by Roy Hunter. ‘’Past-life’’ metaphors
and Roger Woolger.   ‘’Spirit releasement/exorcism’’ metaphors, Fred Leidecker video.   Sharron Forrest’s, ‘’
Prenatal Suffocation Syndrome’’ script and treatment.   
10.        Day 10. M. Gerald Edelstien. P. 125-150.  Review selected and requested topics.  Dissociation test.  
Finish Meet Joe Black, Final Exam.   Graduation will be on the next Capital Region Chapter of the National
Guild of Hypnotists meeting.   Free membership into the National guild of Hypnotists, and Capital  Region
Chapter of the NGH.   Congratulations.