I now run an every-other year
professional hypnosis training
program for
and licensed
therapists who wish to
For the full course outline;
See Below, or
call me at 518-577-8367

Consider the following statement from,  The Myth of Sanity., by Martha Stout, PhD;
"I regard hypnosis with caution, maybe even with a little skepticism, and also with gratitude, and at certain
moments, something that approaches awe.  The use of trance can speed up the progress of a therapy,
because it enhances recall, and I studied hypnotic techniques initially for this reason.  
People in their thirties, forties, fifties, and older for whom the extreme reality of trauma is twenty, thirty or
forty or more years in the past are often impatient, and rightfully so, with the lingering, life-depleting effects
of those ancient events.  Too often, they are close to despair, to viewing their lives as aborted attempts, as
hopeless mismatches.  
And so, if I believe a person is ready to deal with the past, has sufficient internal and external resources to
face the extremely unsettling material that may be uncovered, I will suggest hypnosis as a part--and only a
part--of our work together.  Vital non-hypnotic treatment components include providing a safe holding
environment (making certain that the therapy as a whole constitutes a caring "safe place"), cognitive
restructuring (the therapeutic reexamination of long-standing belief systems), and affect toleration (teaching
constructive ways to live with powerful emotions)."

and by Fritz Perls;
“ …And this is the great difficulty I see in “self-therapy”.  There are many things one can do on one’s own, do
one’s own therapy, but when it comes to the difficult parts, especially to the impasse, you become
phobic……and you are not willing to go through the [challenge of] the impasse.”  
Fritz Perls,
Gestalt Therapy Verbatim

.....and by Marie-France Hirigoyen;
"....{hypnosis is].....not a case of awakening an awareness of psychological conflict, but a technique that will
allow a patient to mobilize her own resources.  The deeper the hypnosis, the more the person's individuality
and resources become clear and
she discovers a potential that she'd never suspected she had."    page
Stalking the Soul
"................I learned hypnosis, identified my fear,
neutralized my fear, neutralized the family context
for the fear.    I can "worry" in the normal range
now, as opposed to the previous
constant state of
worry.  I
enjoy life now, get on with living instead of
obsessing over things.  I look at life in a much more
positive way......."
Natalie, Amsterdam, NY
"......we need to re-enter these situations, times or circumstances in such a way that
allows us to completely re-experience the relationship and the emotions it engenders.  
Hypnosis and age regression, combined with the tools of the inner child work and
soul retrieval, are excellent ways to accomplish this task.  It is only by sailing fully into
the storm of the relationship where the emotional experience was abandoned that we
can reclaim that experience.  We can bring it home to the self at a soul level for
greater self-understanding......"
by Isa Gucciardi, PhD, from
Opening Doors to the Self; Relationships and
Regression Therapy
, from the Journal Of Regression Therapy, Volume XIII (1),
The Process and Practice of Hypnotherapy
process is effectively taught by Calvin Banyan, MA www.hypnosiscenter.com in his
5 Phase Abreactive Hypnotherapy practice, course, and training.  
1.    The
first phase is the introduction to hypnosis, to dispel the many myths and misconceptions about hypnosis.  We demonstrate a ''test drive''  
session of how to get into and out of hypnosis, only to realize that we enter and leave hypnosis many times a day.  The only thing that prevents
effective hypnosis is fear of it, and the fear is dispelled by education and answering any questions.  
2.     The
second phase is to dispel fear.  We identify "that feeling you don't like that has everything to do with why you are here today".  Imagine
going back to the worst times of childhood as an adult to encounter who you were as a child, and then to inform that child of the truths based on
what you have learned since.  
3.     The
third phase involves processing anger.  It's about what's not fair.  Imagine being able to encounter, on your own terms,  the people in
your life who made the worst mistakes, who did the most harm, and to be able to control the whole confrontation.  All effort leads to forgiveness in
the subconscious mind.
4.     The
fourth phase deals with guilt and shame, forgiving the perceived failure to be who you expected yourself to be.  We identify the ''mistake
making part'' of who you are and move ahead to forgiveness from there.  
5.    The
fifth phase, if necessary, acknowledges any benefits that might have been associated with the problems, and addresses healthier ways of
proceeding in a symptom free life.  
Through all of the process, we identify outmoded emotions from the past such as fear, anger, guilt, shame and regret, and neutralize them into the
present.  The emotion of
sadness is usually an appropriate byproduct of the work, allowing us to grieve now what we couldn't feel then.  Many of us
don't know how to grieve.  We don't get those years back, and that's sad. We pass through the sadness.  We move into a present and future in
which we can spontaneously and appropriately feel the whole range of human emotions, including joy, curiosity, excitement, and satisfaction..
What are you feeling now?
Notice this feeling.  How would you describe it?  
How does it play out in your body?  How is it
changing as we speak?  How is it now?
How much is this feeling really appropriate to
Are you really in any danger?  If not, they what is this
fear doing here?  Is anyone provoking you?  Then
where is the anger from? Is anyone shaming you?  
Then where does the self-hatred come from?
How much of this feeling is an overreaction, or do
you try to ignore it, push it out of consciousness?  
How do you do that?
old is this feeling?  How long has it been that
you have had to fight this feeling?  Do you know that
you are using your own energy to fight your own
energy? No wonder you're exhausted.
So go into this feeling rather than run from it.  
Withdraw your attention backwards from
, and focus on the feeling
itself, on your body.  What happens next?  And
next?   And next?
Adapted from Stephen Wolinsky,
The Tao of Chaos
Recall a time when you gathered some facts and let the matter simply sit for a while.  Maybe ''sleep
on it'' or ''mull  it over''.  After some time, maybe you ''realize'' an idea or conclusion  They call that an
"Aha" experience.  Where was the realization prior to consciousness, or was it created, and, if so,
Another example is the time when you reacquaint someone, but you cannot recall his or her name.   
The harder you think about it, the more elusive the name becomes.  It seems, only after you stop
thinking about it, does the name come to you.  Where was the name prior to consciousness?  These
are examples of the ''subconscious'', an important area of consciousness used in hypnosis.  
Kayaderosseras Creek, summer 2007
See FAQ page
A frequent recommended raining for hypnotherapists is to take an acting course.  Why?  Because much of the process occurs in the
theatre of the imagination.   A very close cousin to hypnosis technique is psychodrama technique, but without the need for other actors.  
Below are the stages addressed by specially trained hypnotherapists to identify and move into troublesome emotions and to devise the
appropriate experience necessary to neutralize those old experiences and emotions.  It is possible to learn to tolerate and work with the
bodily sensations that we had been avoiding before.  It becomes unnecessary to run from ourselves any longer.  No need to dissociate,
''check out'', freeze, or distract ourselves with the expensive activities that have become excessive and lost their effectiveness.   
Hypnotists, among other types of therapists, have developed exercises to create the emotional space to contain the process of finally playing out
(grieving) the previously disowned, troublesome emotions and experiences, and processing them to completion, resolution and forgiveness.
Hypnosis for Appreciation, Joy and Pleasure  
What do we do when we have repaired the traumas and grown past all the ''pathologies'' and there's better functioning but no happiness?   How can we
rediscover, or in many instances, discover for the first time, what it feels like to really enjoy life?  In fact, if we don't find pleasures and joys in life, then what
is there to keep anyone from returning to the same familiar, miserable attitudes previously escaped?  It's like the metaphorical petty criminal who keeps
returning to jail because that's all he's ever known.  
The true source of joy is within, as all the philosophers say.  One person might have many wonderful gifts, not appreciate them, and feel miserable so
much of the time.  Another person might have few gifts but feel grateful, complete, satisfied moment to moment.  To associate all one's joy to one other
person is the misunderstanding that adult joy resides as a capacity inside, and not in any other external person' presence or attention.   So many lotto
winners are broke and miserable not so long after the winnings arrive.
You hear a story of injustice, assume it is true, and feel angry, outrage.  You hear a story of loss, and feel sorrow.   You hear a story of passion
and feel excited.   You hear a story that is shameful, and feel disgusted.   If you hear a story of danger, you feel frightened, unsafe.   If the
conscious mind believes the story, sees the story as ''facts'', then the emotions follow.   Someone might say, ''I feel sad, but there's nothing to
feel sad about."   Or, "I should be feeling sad, but I don't feel anything."    Or, "I should be feeling romantic right now, but I can't feel anything, or
feel frightened, or confused."    Or, "I feel romantic right now, but I don't want to and can't understand why."   "I've been disrespect ed, and
should feel angry, but I don't.  What's wrong?"     In each instance, there's a part of the mind that thinks in a logical way, and then another part
[subconscious, emotional] that feels another way.   
Hypnotherapy is one of several techniques of bringing the confusion and conflict to understanding and resolution.  
Hypnosis Page
Professional Hypnosis Training Course Syllabus posted at page bottom
Hypnosis Course Outline, One Page
Needed Texts; NGH 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.    Video of the ‘’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 Sacrament
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.
Future Hypnotists;
New dates and location for the next 2020 hypnosis training
class will be set for next year.  Our classroom will be in
Saratoga Springs.  
The dates will be through the winter months.  
There are 8 seats in our class.  Email or call for more
Cost; $1800.00
Office; 518-482-6160
Cell; 518-577-8367
Please note;
The application and fee has been submitted
for this NGH Certification Hypnosis Course,  
and is now
pending approval for  
Social Work Continuing Education credit.  
Some notices were sent in error that the
course was already approved.