Arizona Society For Professional Hypnosis



Next Meeting

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

7:00 p.m. SHARP


Topic: The Triune Mind: Belief Formation and Transformation


Presenter: Bill Regner



HomeTown Buffet


(On the West Side of Scottsdale Road, just south of McDowell)

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This month’s presentation
ASPH Website Info

Meeting Calendar
Secretary’s Notes
Hypnosis in the News

Minutes from last month
Membership Application

Coming This Month…

The Triune Mind: Belief Formation and Transformation

With Bill Regner, BA, CCHt

Central to every therapeutic modality is the goal of belief transformation.  As hypnotherapy professionals, we seek to facilitate the formation of enduring healthy and appropriate belief structures through open communication between the conscious, sub-conscious, and super-conscious aspects of the mind.  So, an appreciation is useful of the roles and interactions between the levels of mind.  That appreciation helps with the understanding of how and why beliefs are formed; what purpose they serve; and when and why they will change. Very important too are the role and the responsibilities of the hypnotherapist is assisting that process.

This presentation will include portions of the introduction to hypnotherapy discussion that I have with each new client designed to dispel myths, create a safe environment, and engage the clients own healing intelligence.  For the hypnotherapists present, I will also share insights gained over 35 years of practicing mind/body healing modalities on finding a balance between gathering therapeutic techniques and finding your own way. 

Bio: I received my certified clinical hypnotherapist designation upon completion of 400 hours of training at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2003.  During that experience I had the privilege of studying with Tim Simmerman and Gil Boyne. 


Beginning in the mid 1970’s I received extensive training and experience with many therapeutic modalities including age regression, multi-level awareness, guided imagery, visualization, focusing, breath work, and progressive relaxation techniques through my involvement in therapeutic communities dedicated to the personal transformation of both the staff and the clients.  I served as a program director of youth adolescent residential treatment programs in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. 


In the mid 1970’s, I participated in an intensive nine month live-in training program called Kunga Ling located in the orange groves of East Mesa that introduced me to the daily experience of transformation practices collected from spiritual traditions around the world.  That experience led me to an intense karma yoga study of Vajrajana practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism that included a seven month stay at the Odiyan Center in Sonoma County, California and eighteen months as a co-director of the Nyingma Institute of Colorado in Boulder, CO. 


In addition to my core hypnotherapy training plus many continuing education units and independent study, my formal education includes a BA in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ., 30 graduate level credit hours in Treatment of Emotionally Handicapped Children from Nova Southeastern University, and 24 graduate level credit hours in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

I have been in private practice as a hypnotherapist since 2003.  My practice began in Tempe and for the last two years has been located in the Verde Valley community of Cottonwood near Sedona. 

 My website is
(928) 634-9316





Tuesday Meetings: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Free for Members)*

Certificates &C. E. U. Credit Hours Awarded for Attendance**

(2 credits per meeting attended)





September – Topic: TBA – Presenter: KC Miller of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts


October – Hypnosis for Food Addictions – Presenter – Dr. Ilana Oren


November – Officer Nominations and a short presentation by Lindsay Brady


December – Holiday Party Time!



Meeting Minutes

July 7, 2009


President, Robert J. O’Connor called the meeting to order at 7 PM.  Everyone introduced themselves and shared why they attended the meeting.


Secretary, Debbie Gent, shared information about some upcoming changes to our website, The member listing page is being changed to reflect general locations for easier searching as well as all the information on the listings being displayed on the front page (no more links). Also, we will begin a newsletter archive and the new membership packets will be downloadable. We hope to have this up and running by the end of August. If you would like to be listed on the member page, please contact Debbie at for the form. There is a $5.00 fee for the listing.


Don Rice lead us in a short relaxation, then Robert introduced, Gibran Sepulveda, and told of some to the various radio, television, newspapers and other media outlets throughout Mexico and the United States, where Gibran promotes hypnosis as a healing practice.


Gibran spent the evening filling us with tips on how to use the media and public performances to grow our practices. He explained that he feels that the media is the most substantial way to show people that hypnosis WORKS.


So, how do we get started? First, practice simple induction techniques and therapies until you can do them quickly and easily. The “fake it ‘til you make it” thing. You must have some confidence, but don’t wait until you’re full of confidence, just know your stuff.


Then, find your favorite radio or TV show and call the producer, director or host and ask if they would be interested in having you do a show on hypnosis. The big key here is to be prepared with your elevator speech. You may get 5 minutes to explain who you are and what you do. And, you may be asked to hypnotize someone in their office to prove yourself. It could be one of the techs, secretary, reporter or anyone in the studio. Be prepared with some quick stage techniques to strut your stuff.  KNOW your instant induction techniques, and NEVER bring subjects with you.


Be prepared to know what you want in exchange for doing the show. Forget about money, and let them know you want PR – your name, website, phone and/or email put out to the audience. And that for any addition shows you’d like to have them announced in advance.


When doing performances, be sure to pre-hypnotize your subjects so that all you are doing during the show it the therapy section. No long inductions. And it’s important to remember that those who volunteer as subjects are already hypnotized, just like in a stage show. They are open-minded and ready for whatever comes.


Thanks Gibran, we are ready to go out and knock ‘em dead and show the world how hypnosis can help them.


After the presentation, members announced their upcoming events. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Gent, ASPH Secretary




President: Robert O’Connor --

Vice-President: Greg Nielson –

Secretary: Debbie Gent –

Treasurer: Tracy Crouch -

Statutory Agent and Parliamentarian: Carol Adler –


The ASPH Website is our website. If you are a professional practicing hypnotherapist, we welcome your contact information. Kindly email Secretary, Debbie Gent, for the member listing form and we will add your information to our list. Thank you!


Charges for our webmaster adding a new listing or updating your existing information on the ASPH website are $5.00 ~

Please make your check payable to ASPH and bring to the meeting or mail to:

Tracy Crouch · 2805 W. Plum Hollow Dr · Phoenix, AZ 85086



" Notes from the Secretary – Debbie Gent: "


I look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings. If you have any questions about ASPH, please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Also, if you need copies of the ASPH By-Laws, Constitution and Code of Ethics or would like information on the Hypnosis Arizona State Regulations, kindly contact me by email and I will send them as MS Word attachments.


Just a reminder … The cut-off date to add event information to the monthly newsletter is the 14th of the month following the last meeting, or at the mid-point of the month before the next meeting. Please submit your event information on or before then via email to me at


Come on in and pull up a chair!!

Visitors and guests are welcome to attend two meetings free of charge, after which they are invited to join ASPH or have the option of paying a five dollar fee for each month attended thereafter. Spouses and partners of members are considered part of the ASPH and have free meeting privileges.

 ** C.E.U Credits for National Guild of Hypnotist are submitted for Members only.


If you wish to become a member, please contact:

Treasurer – Tracy Crouch –

2805 West Plum Hollow Drive, Anthem, AZ 85086   Tel: 602-348-0477

to receive the Application Form and Fee Sheet.


Please see our website at  or contact Secretary, Debbie Gent,, for copies of the Constitution, By-Laws and Code of Ethics.



Happy Birthday to You


Julius Nester 8/9

Susan Poznanski 8/11

Maggie Hyland 8/17

Debbie Gent 8/21

Helga Faldich 8/24


Although many of you may have sent us your birthday dates in the past, we are now creating a new list. Be sure to add your birth date to the roster when you sign in or send us that information (your name and birthday month and day), so we can celebrate with you!!  J


Member Announcements

Member Newsletter Announcements should be approximately 1/4 page and ready to cut and paste into the newsletter. All newsletter announcements must be directly connected to enhancing hypnosis techniques and therapies or serve as a support to the business and profession of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Thank you from Bette TaylorBette sent us a thank your for the plant that we sent during her recent hospital visit. If you would like to contact her you can send her an email to


$$$ Dues Reminder – ASPH Dues for 2009 are due.

See invoice at the end of your newsletter.  $$$


Member Benefits:


Great Education and CEU’s each month

Monthly Networking Opportunities

Annual Holiday Party

And …

Priceless Friendships and Camaraderie


If you’re not already a member, join us for 2009. You’ll be happy you did!


Monthly Networking Meeting


If you would like to discuss building your practice, or any other hypnosis related topics over dinner, please
plan on arriving at the Home Town Buffet about 6:00pm. Join us in the NW corner of the dining room for a
relaxed, casual, and stimulating dinner conversation of subjects important to us all.


 One of our old time members, Eileen Soland, is struggling with health issues. If you would like to contact Eileen she can be reached at 602-996-4122. She’d love to hear from you.


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The following members are available to easily network among yourselves.  If you would like to have your name, phone number and email address included in this list of ASPH members, please email me ( ) your name, phone number and email address.

Carol Adler 480-897-4452

Sherry Bertram  602-920-3281

Rebekah Costello 602 316-8561

Debbie Gent 602-896-0146

Sandi Graves 480-628-5436

Phil Hamilton 602-330-6886

Alan Handelsman 602-478-8346

Robert (Bob) LaBine,, 480-948-8673

Susan Poznanski 602-843-8835

Martha Reed 623 249-5888

Tina Sacchi,,  623-261-6167

Cheryle Timbrook,, 480-201-7723


Some Links to Professional Association Websites


National Guild of Hypnotists

The International Hypnosis Research Institute

International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
International Association of Counselors & Therapists

International Hypnosis Federation

International Association for Regression Research & Therapies Inc.

American Hypnosis Association - AHA

Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute

Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis (AAEH)



Social & Professional Networking on the Internet:


Hypnosis In The News

Read any good articles about hypnosis in a magazine or on the web lately?
Think it’s one that others in our organization would find interesting?

Email a copy or link to the article to our secretary at to be included in our next newsletter.


Thanks to Dave Harrod for this interesting article.

Brain scans unravel hypnotist’s hand trick

Hypnosis can paralyze a limb by interfering with a region of the brain

The Associated Press

updated 9:11 a.m. MT, Wed., June 24, 2009

How can a hypnotist paralyze your hand just with words? By making a part of your brain butt in on the process that normally makes your hand move, a study says.

So the brain region that's ready to move your hand ignores its usual inputs and listens to this interloper, which says, "Don't even bother," the research concluded.

It's "a kind of reconnection between different brain regions," said Yann Cojan, a researcher at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

He's an author of the study in Thursday's issue of the journal Neuron. It used brain scans to show what happened when 12 volunteers tried to move a hand that had been paralyzed by hypnosis.

Results showed the right motor cortex prepared itself as usual to tell the left hand to move. But the cortex appeared to be ignoring the parts of the brain it normally communicates with in controlling movement. Instead, it acted more in sync than usual with a different brain region called the precuneus. That was a surprise, Cojan said.

The precuneus is involved in mental imagery and memory about oneself. Cojan suggests it was brimming with the metaphors the participants had heard from the hypnotist: Your hand is very heavy, it is stuck on the table, etc. So, he said, it might have been telling the motor cortex, "Oh, but your hand is too heavy, you can't move your hand."

Messages blocked
It's as if the motor cortex "is connected to the idea that it cannot move (the hand) and so ... it doesn't send the message to move," Cojan said.

For the research, 12 participants had their brains scanned while doing a task that required them to push a button with one hand or the other. For some sessions, they were hypnotized and told their left hands were paralyzed. For other sessions, their mental status was normal. For comparison, six other participants simply pretended their left hands were paralyzed.

Dr. Richard Frackowiak, a brain expert at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland who didn't participate in the study, called the new work a "very valuable addition" to research into hypnotic paralysis.

Amir Raz, who studies hypnosis and the brain at McGill University in Montreal, said he found the work interesting. But he wondered if the results might partially reflect general effects of being under hypnosis, rather than the paralysis suggestion itself.

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The Brain under Self-Control: Modulation of Inhibitory and Monitoring Cortical Networks during Hypnotic Paralysis


References and further reading may be available for this article. To view references and further reading you must purchase this article.

Yann Cojan1, 2, Corresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author, Lakshmi Waber3, Sophie Schwartz1, 2, Laurent Rossier5, Alain Forster4 and Patrik Vuilleumier1, 2

1Department of Neuroscience, University Medical School, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

2Center for Neuroscience, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

3Department of Addiction, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

4Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

5Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Accepted 26 May 2009.  Published: June 24, 2009.  Available online 24 June 2009.

(a)       Summary

Brain mechanisms of hypnosis are poorly known. Cognitive accounts proposed that executive attentional systems may cause selective inhibition or disconnection of some mental operations. To assess motor and inhibitory brain circuits during hypnotic paralysis, we designed a go-nogo task while volunteers underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in three conditions: normal state, hypnotic left-hand paralysis, and feigned paralysis. Preparatory activation arose in right motor cortex despite left hypnotic paralysis, indicating preserved motor intentions, but with concomitant increases in precuneus regions that normally mediate imagery and self-awareness. Precuneus also showed enhanced functional connectivity with right motor cortex. Right frontal areas subserving inhibition were activated by nogo trials in normal state and by feigned paralysis, but irrespective of motor blockade or execution during hypnosis. These results suggest that hypnosis may enhance self-monitoring processes to allow internal representations generated by the suggestion to guide behavior but does not act through direct motor inhibition.

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