I present a lecture/demonstration of hypnosis, during which I first provide a general introduction to hypnosis and the theory behind it. Then I disucss the many applications of hypnosis in virtually every area of human activity. Then I have an extended question and answer session with the audience followed with an audience participation session, during which I administer suggestability tests to those, who desire to participate in such testing. From this group I very carefully select 2 or 3 people to come up on stage to participate in a very thorough demonstration of hypnosis. I end the presentation with a second question and answer session with the audience. The event lasts approximately 1 and 1/2 hours. I have given this lecture/demonstration with great success at places such as the ocean liner the QE-2 (three lectures) and the Graduate School at Princeton University (two lectures).
I have been a professional hypnotist since 1979, and at that time I established the Hypnosis Research Institute in Connecticut. I write a column called Hypnotic Outcomes for the Journl of Hypnotism, which is published quarterly by the National Guild of Hypnotists, the largest such organization in the World with 12,000 members in 72 countries.
I received my training in hypnotherapy from Harry Arons, Gil Boyne, Richard Bandler, Don Mottin, Ormond McGill, Richard Harte and Calvin D. Banyan, all of whom are internationally recognized authorities on hypnotherapy. I am a Board Certified Member and Certified Instructor of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and I do annual continuing education to maintain my training at a high level. I am also a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming having received my training in NLP from Richard Bandler, Robert Dilts and William Horton, all of whom are internationally recognized authorities on NLP.
I believe that hypnosis, when properly and ethically employed, is very efficacious in dealing with many problems that commonly confront people as they pursue their lives. It is not a panacea, but in many situations it can help people to resolve their problems and to realize their potential. In particular, I use trance and suggestion to improve general self-control and to maintain a positive mental attitude. I do not diagnose and/or conversationally treat mental disease. I teach every client self-hypnosis; as I believe it is a very important skill to have; regardless of the reason the client seeks assistance of a professional hypnotherapist.