Arizona Society For Professional Hypnosis




Next Meeting

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

7:00 p.m. SHARP


Topic: Pump Up Your Practice… NOW!!

Presenter: Sandi Graves, CH



HomeTown Buffet


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

Please no dining during the meeting.



 Click here for driving directions

We’ll save you a seat!!




Sandi Graves, CH



Pump Up Your Practice… NOW!


Give yourself a FREE New Year’s Gift!


TIME and ENERGY really are FREE… when you know how to make them work for you.


Learn how to enhance your client base without draining your pocketbook or your energy. No matter how long you have been at it…


It might be time for you to add some pizzaz and energy to your business or personal life. 


Sandi Graves, CH, created a profitable and successful hypnotism practice in just a couple of months and she is excited to share some of her techniques and tricks with you.


From Sandi:

Has your business slowed down… or are you not making the kind of money that you want?  I’m going to show you how you can do both, and for FREE or very little money, get your business running in the black. 


Many hypnotists have said the recession has slowed down their business.  If that’s true, then you now have more time and energy to spend on fine tuning the business side of your practice.  Even if you’ve been in the business for a long time, you just might pick up on one fresh new idea and ultimately pick up the pace in your business and bring in more money in 2010. 


You can expand your practice by following just one or two of the ideas I will present at the ASPH January 5, 2010 meeting.


Sandi’s presentation will include the following Tips & Techniques:


·         Opening a second office (how I did it for FREE)

·          Using synergy to increase your client base.

·         Understanding “presence” for creating riveting marketing ideas.

·         Providing simple, inexpensive business packet ideas.

·         Delivering office information.

·         Getting customers thru the door.

·         Increasing self-motivation.


One lucky person will receive a FREE PRIZE!





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)





February 2010 – To Be Announced

March 2010 – To Be Announced




Meeting Minutes

December 1, 2009


Minutes from the December 1, 2009 Meeting/Holiday Party


Since this was the ASPH Holiday Party meeting, members and their guests gathered at the Home Town Buffet restaurant an hour earlier than usual, at 6 PM.


After dinner, President Robert J. O’Connor wished everyone a very happy holiday season and announced the new slate of officers for 2010:


President                     Robert O’Connor

Vice-President                        Sandi Graves

Secretary                     Tim Paulson

Treasurer                     Sylvia Shelton

Statutory Agent*        Carol Adler


*Permanent position  

Robert expressed the regrets of both Tim Paulson and Sylvia Shelton that they were unable to attend the party because of business and family obligations, respectively.


On behalf of ASPH, Robert expressed his deepest gratitude to Tracy Crouch, 2008-9 Treasurer, and Greg Nielson, 2008-9 Vice-President, for their loyal service to ASPH. Duties of ASPH officers require time, effort and expertise. He presented each of the outgoing officers with citation plaques.


The meeting proceeded with the annual holiday gift-giving “Purple Elephant” exchange with ASPH member and past president, Alan Handelsman serving as master of ceremonies. As always, it was a hilarious and highly enjoyable celebration.


Before the conclusion of the meeting, Robert announced that the January 5, 2010 meeting presenter will be Sandi Graves, CHt, who will “move us into the New Year with new energy and lots of ideas for revving up our practices.”


The meeting/ party ended at 8:30 PM.






President: Robert O’Connor --

Vice-President: Sandi Graves –

Secretary: Tim Paulson –

Treasurer: Sylvia Shelton -

Statutory Agent and Parliamentarian: Carol Adler –



The ASPH Website  is the domain for Arizona Society for Professional Hypnosis.


Attention All Practicing Hypnotherapists:


If you wish to have your contact information listed on the ASPH website followed by a brief paragraph, 300 words maximum, kindly send this written information (MS Word Document) to Tim Paulson, ASPH Secretary, by email at as soon as possible.


Thank you!





" Notes from the Statutory Agent: Carol Adler: "


We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings. If you have any questions about ASPH, please don’t hesitate to contact us 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 us by email and we will send them as MS Word attachments.


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 that date via email to


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. They also have the option of paying a $5.00 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 Hypnotists are submitted for Members only.


If you wish to become a member, please contact:

Treasurer – Sylvia Shelton


Tracy will send you the ASPH Application Form and Fee Sheet.  This information is also available on the ASPH website, .


Please see our website at  or contact Statutory Agent, Carol Adler,, for copies of the Constitution, By-Laws and Code of Ethics.




Happy Birthday to You




William Pearlman

Julie Jones

Dewayne Shelton

Jannette Edwards



If you would like to have your birthday date added to the ASPH list, please 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.




Would like to make an announcement and cordially invite you all to come listen to Dick Sutphen CHt...

as a guest on my radio show, coming up on January 11th. 

Will be streamed live at  The show is called Our Worlds. 

 We will be on the air from 3-5 Pacific Time. 
We will be taking calls and chatting with Dick about his practice and his books.
Call in number will be 602-910-4492.
Look forward to having you come and visit with us!
Elizabeth Dye CHt




Need More Income?

Want More Fun in Your Life ?


           Become a Stage Hypnotist

Crystal Ball Full Body_Trans.pngNon Hypnotists and Hypnotists Welcome


This annual seminar is presented by Donald H. Rice with over twenty years of professional stage experience and willing to share everything he knows with you   View his web site at                   

Many professional, working stage performers of today

learned from Don Rice in this seminar .


January 9th and 10th in Phoenix 

8:00 am until 5:00 pm each day.

Register by Dec. 18th with a small deposit of only $200

and pay the small balance of $250 at the door.

Or register after Dec. 18th with full, small payment of only $499. Register on line at or call (480) 893-9685.


                           We welcome visa/mc/checks/cash.

                                  You Can Make $3,500.00 per show.



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.


Credit Card Processing Solutions for Your Business

This company is a preferred vendor of The National Guild of Hypnotists and their members.


Accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, ATM, debit cards, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT cards), electronic gift and loyalty cards as well as a variety of private label and smart card technologies. Whether you're a retail store, restaurant, supermarket, gas station or lodging merchant, we have the transaction processing solution that's right for you. We also offer solutions for mail order and telephone order, e-Commerce, Internet and home-based businesses.

Contact Linda Monico

New England Payment Systems


603.475.9345 Cell      1.866.236.5424 Fax




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


Carol Adler 480-452-9183

Sherry Bertram  602-920-3281

Rebekah Costello 602 316-8561

Sandi Graves 480-628-5436

Phil Hamilton 602-330-6886

Alan Handelsman 602-478-8346

Robert (Bob) LaBine 480-948-8673

Robert J. O’Connor 602-593-4006

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:


Create your own free hypnosis “lenses” at Squidoo!


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.


Here’s a great article from Ode Magazine provided by Carol Adler:


Replacing Pain Killers With Hypnosis

By Ursula Sautter, Ode Magazine


Alexis Makris, a 19-year-old hairdresser’s apprentice from Stuttgart, Germany, is jogging along a sunny beach in Greece. He’s not interested in the cold steel hook poking around in his upper left jaw, or the latex-covered fingers of the dentist wielding the instrument in his mouth. He’s too occupied with the smell of the salt sea air and the feel of the warm sand on his feet. When the tug of the wisdom tooth being pulled from his mouth becomes a little too insistent, he picks up his pace. As the tooth is finally yanked out, accompanied by a small gush of bright red blood, Makris is still running, oblivious to any pain.


Of course, Makris is jogging down that sandy strand only in his mind. His body is stretched out on a reclining chair in the Stuttgart office of dentist Albrecht Schmierer, who has just extracted Makris’ wisdom tooth because it was crowding out its neighbors. No anesthetic was used to make the procedure bearable. Instead, Makris was induced by hypnosis to concentrate on his favorite place (that Greek beach) and his favorite sport (running). While under hypnosis, he heard everything that was happening and felt the pressure and ache in his jaw but, in his words, he didn’t pay any attention to it. I was there but I wasn’t there. And I didn’t even notice when the tooth was actually pulled. It was awesome.


Increasingly, dentists, physicians and surgeons are using hypnosis to replace, or at least reduce, the use of painkillers as well as general and local anesthetics. Hypnosis may not be the method of choice for major operations, but for a growing number of procedures ranging from kidney stone fragmentation to minor surgery to childbirth it has proved an effective alternative to conventional sedatives and analgesics. Hypnosis is real, says psychiatrist David Spiegel, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. It’s no less palpable an analgesic than medication.


Many people are allergic to painkillers and anesthetics, so hypnosis is a crucial option for them. But hypnosis can also help prevent or reduce unwanted side effects. Makris, for example, doesn’t have a numb or swollen cheek. It’s the injection of anesthetics itself that disturbs the circulation and causes the tissue to swell, explains Schmierer, president of the German Society for Dental Hypnosis. People plagued by fear of needles or fear of going to the dentist also benefit from hypnotherapy, he adds.


Studies have confirmed these and other effects. Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville, an anesthetist at Leige University Hospital in Belgium, has used hypnosis during dozens of thyroidectomies, surgical removal of the thyroid gland. All her patients not only reported a very pleasant experience but had significantly less post-operative pain. They were also able to leave the hospital sooner and return to work faster than patients who received standard sedation for the same surgery, resulting in cost savings for hospitals and health-care insurers.


Hypnosis from the Greek word hypnos, meaning sleep was used as medical treatment as far back as the ancient Greeks. In mid-19th-century India, British physician James Esdaile first employed it during surgery. But after ether, chloroform and laughing gas were introduced, the practice was forgotten. In following decades, hypnosis largely fell into disuse, acquiring connotations of quackery and stage trickery. Only after American psychiatrist Milton Erickson rediscovered the technique in the 1950s did hypnosis become accepted again as a means of medical, dental and psycho-therapeutic practice.


Contrary to popular belief, people under hypnosis can’t be made to do things they wouldn’t normally do. They are simply in a state of highly focused attention, with a constriction in peripheral awareness and heightened responsiveness to social cues, Stanford School of Medicine’s Spiegel explains. It is most similar to the everyday state of becoming so absorbed in a good movie or a novel that one enters the imagined world and suspends awareness of the usual one. While this condition lasts, a patient may feel distanced from his surroundings but can still actively cancel the trance at all times if conditions make that seem necessary, Schmierer says.


So how do you put someone in such a state of mind? In Makris’ case, he lays down on the reclining chair and Schmierer starts with gentle conversation about how he feels slightly nervous and how he slept the previous night quite well, thank you. Then Schmierer raises his finger and asks Makris to focus on it while he breathes slowly. Once his finger touches Makris’ forehead, Schmierer says, you will be in hypnosis.


Then the dentist and his wife, Gudrun, a psychologist who sits next to Makris during the procedure, weave a gentle web of suggestions. Raise your left hand, they say in slow, low voices. It will become cool and numb, just like your jaw. Imagine your right arm is a lightning rod and send all negative sensations out through its fingertips. Your mouth now feels like it’s filled with ice cubes. You’re moving farther and farther away from all this, out of this room, out of this moment, to a wonderful place where you do what you want to do.


Makris’ eyes close, his breathing slows and his muscles relax. When he opens his mouth, the 10-minute extraction procedure begins. All the while, Schmierer and his wife continue to talk, commenting on the sounds that come and go and sensations like the prick of the dental implement that simply feels like a toothpick. When Makris appears distressed by the pressure of the forceps used to pull out his tooth they urge him to go into a deeper trance. And he does because, he says, I wanted to get away from it all. After the tooth is out, Schmierer finishes with several useful suggestions to improve the healing process, and the awakening phase begins.


New imaging techniques have recently started to reveal what occurs under hypnosis, and why pain that would otherwise lead to severe discomfort becomes bearable. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans, Sebastian Schulz-Stubner and his team at Aachen University in Germany measured the brain activity of 12 healthy volunteers who received repeated heat stimulation to their skin. The researchers found that hypnosis interrupted the pain signals that normally travel from the nerve cells to the primary somatosensory cortex, where the sensation of pain is elicited. Instead, the signals fizzled out in the subcortical region, failing to produce the normal ouch effect.


Not everybody can profit from medical hypnosis, however. As a general rule, Schmierer cautions, hypnosis shouldn’t be used with people suffering from severe depression or psychiatric disorders, since they may be less able to differentiate between reality and hypnotic suggestion. Hypnosis isn’t recommended for people under the influence of alcohol either, or in cases where there hasn’t been a proper medical diagnosis. And then there’s the roughly 5 to 10 percent of the population that can only be hypnotized with great difficulty, Schmierer says, because of a lack of imagination and an inability to concentrate or plain suspicion of the procedure.


Although the number of dentists, physicians and psychotherapists who employ hypnosis is growing, it will take quite some time before the technique goes mainstream, according to Eric Vermetten, president of the Netherlands-based International Society of Hypnosis. What we need is for it to become a part of the medical curriculum, he argues, and for such bodies as the World Health Organization to recognize its use for certain indications. Until that happens, the circle of patients who, like Makris, can profit from hypnosis will remain comparatively small. It’s sad, says Vermetten. Hypnosis can do so much good with so little.