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
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, where?  
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
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
Why become a Hypnotist?
1.           The professional hypnotist offers the usual business of helping clients to quit smoking, lose weight and manage stress, among many
other benefits.  A nice middle class income can be made by developing this service business like any other.   For therapists, knowledge of
hypnotism greatly enhances understanding and practice of psychotherapy, offering a theoretical model of distress and procedures for
healing.  Even if the student never practices hypnotism, the training is transformative and a gift of personal growth.   
2.           But the training is much more than preparation for service.  It’s much more than technical skill.  Learning hypnosis changes your view
of the world.   The study of hypnosis, for open minded students, is much more than being a technician.   You start to appreciate how hypnosis
is everywhere that there is an influence.   Religion, advertising, politics, education are among many technologies that change peoples’
3.        Self hypnosis.  Like the deeper forms of meditation, self-hypnosis enables the identifying, evaluating, choice of, and dismissal of
thoughts.   Thoughts are not who we are.  There’s another part of the mind, cultivated as the observer, who can observe thoughts and decide
which thoughts are worthy of following.   We can often choose what sensations we pay attention to, and which ones we ignore, as in pain
management and pleasure enhancement.   
4.        Emotional states and attitudes can be seen as trances.  We experience the trance of abundance v. the trance of lacking.  We
experience trances of joy, passion, shame and regret.  Trances can be induced, changed and eliminated.   When advertisers or other
emotional manipulators exploit these trances, so many are suckers for the vacant glitter and zing.   Gambling vacillates between the trances
of lack and abundance, mostly enriching others.  
5.        The hypnotist can view our existence as the theatre of life.  Movies and stories, if appealing, become an alternate reality to be
experienced, often leaving the viewer changed from before. Movies, stories and theatre are all trances.  If you accept the influence, the viewer
goes on the ride of the story as though it were experienced for real at this moment.  
6.        Who becomes a hypnotist?   Anyone of average intelligence and an open, curious mind into the mysteries of life.   The training can be
taken for personal growth regardless of hypnotizing others.   
7.        A professor of mine said many years ago, ‘’education is the process of disillusionment’’.   We often educate our subjects by properly
disillusioning them of the ideas that keep them unwell.   
8.        The spiritual process.   Trance is the entranceway into religious, metaphysical states.   The mind’s usual critical judgment will soften to
allow deeper consideration of experience and imagination.  Can’t prove it and can’t disprove it, but the experience of spiritual states can be
9.        Sickness is augmented or even created by sick and disempowering thoughts, regrets and judgments.  Healing arises from the trance of
acceptance, forgiveness, release.    Your view of human nature will change.
10.        Course outline for topics covered; how to induce trance, habit control such as weight, smoking.   Stress management.  Pain
management.  Self-hypnosis, evil, fears, age regression, past life experiences, spirit involvement, and fear of embracing death.  Hypnosis
training is for growth, pleasure and well-being.  
11.        New forms of assertiveness, directing theatre, leading and pacing the process, timing of experience and emotional reciprocity
between hypnotist and subject are all skills to be started.    

So becoming a hypnotist changes the way that you look at life and at people.   The training is 100 hours of personal growth that isn’t going to
stop when the training is done.  
Future Hypnotists;
New dates and location for the next 2021 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