Arizona Society For Professional Hypnosis



Next Meeting

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

7:00 p.m. SHARP


Topic: Let’s Clear The Air: Working with Smokers Can Be Fun!

Presenter: Alan Handelsman



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(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
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Minutes from last month


Topic: Let’s Clear The Air: Working with Smokers Can Be Fun!

Presenter: Alan Handelsman


There is a rumor going around that many hypnotherapists do not like working with smoking cessation clients. These people, however, need our help, and can be the best source of referrals. After all, smoking cessation is one of the quickest and most visible results we get with hypnosis. An ex-smoker’s smoking friends immediately notice a difference, and ask, “How did you do it?” And sometimes, just like that, we get more business.

This presentation, however, will not focus on business. It will focus on a very easy way to help smokers quit smoking. A method that has many advantages:

∑ It is simple.
∑ It will help you sharpen your hypnotherapy skills, no matter the issue.
∑ You can use the same method for many other issues, either alone, or in combination with the methods you now use.
∑ It is easy, mainly because the client does most of the work.
∑ During the entire process, you need only mention smoking once or twice.

Sound like fun? It can be.

After more than nine years as a hypnotherapist, the one thing that has become most obvious to Alan is that he has aged almost 10 years. This means that he has reached an age where he has learned to rely on the client’s power and effort more than his own. He has learned that he doesn’t have to prove himself with each client. He has reached an age where he knows what works for him; he can express it and teach it. He has reached an age where he has learned that it is not always necessary to take some things quite so seriously. And that sometimes, taking things less seriously can make those things easier, more fun, more satisfying, and very, very, effective.

Alan will be doing a demonstration as part of the presentation. You don’t have to be a smoker to participate. He can adapt the demo for any problem or habit you’d like to address. It won’t even be necessary to make that problem public. Or maybe you know someone who has talked about quitting smoking, or some other habit. If you or someone you know would like to participate in Alan demonstration, please call him at 602-478-8346. As a thank you for volunteering, you or your friend will receive two free follow-up private sessions.

Alan's Bio

    After graduating in 1972 from Northeast High School in Philadelphia near the top of his class, but a good 15 to 20 places below Lewis Heller (it depends on who you talk to – Alan or Lewis), Alan finished his academic career by enrolling at West Chester State College as a music major receiving his B.S. (It’s not what you think.) degree in 1977. Always on the fast track, Alan earned his Master’s Degree in Music performance twelve years later, in 1989.

    In his long career as a musician, he was putting people to sleep on a regular basis, so his switch to hypnosis was a natural progression. The other reason for his entrance into the field of hypnotherapy was that he needed so much help with his stage fright and depression, he was hoping to get a professional discount.

    Whether as a musician, developer of the Resonance Tuner™, public speaker, or hypnotherapist, Alan has come to be very widely known in very small circles.
    Now semi-retired, he lives a life of relative seclusion at an undisclosed location in south Scottsdale at 6112 E. Vernon Ave. (85257) He lives with his wife Anita (the one with the real sense of humor), and their male bunny-rabbit — named Precious — who obviously has some issues of his own to work out.




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)




June – We are finalizing our topic with special June’s presenter – We will announce the presentation as soon as possible.


July – Using the Media to Expand Your Practice – Presenter - Gibran Sepulveda


August – Topic: TBA – Presenter: Bill Regner


September – TBA


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


November – Officer Nominations


December – Holiday Party Time!



Meeting Minutes

April 7, 2009


Prior to tonight’s meeting, the Board met with our Webmaster, Don Beckett to discuss some changes to the website. We will be making a few changes in the next few months. Some will be minor, but important changes, like adding the presentation calendar and including the membership forms in the website. We will also be making some big changes to the listing page for our members who wish to be listed on the website. Don was leaving for an extended trip and we will begin to make these changes after his return. We will announce more about the listings at the upcoming meetings and in the newsletter.


President, Robert J. O’Connor called the meeting to order at 7 PM.  Everyone introduced themselves and shared why they attended the meeting. During the announcements, we discussed some issues we are having with people who use Cox for their emails. It seems that sometimes our emails get through and sometimes they don’t. We generally send out two emails a month, one around the 18-20th and one on the weekend before the meeting. If you are on Cox and not regularly receiving these emails please check your security settings on Cox. If they are too high we are being blocked. Or, if you have an alternative email we can use, please let me know by popping me an email at or giving me a call at 602-896-0146. Carol Adler also suggested setting up a free G-mail account through Google as this has been the most reliable work around Cox she has found.


Our presenter for the evening was Debbie Peacock talking about her hypnosis practice dealing with women with sever emotional and physical traumas. First we want to thank Debbie for bringing to us this extremely important topic and to thank her friend Terry for her courage to come in front of the group to talk to us and be a part of Debbie’s demonstration that evening.


Debbie has been working for many years with women who suffer from sever issues as a result of tremendous physical and emotional traumas. These issues range from deep seated anger, fear, low self esteem, and relationship and sexual issues. Throughout her presentation, she stressed the importance of two things – listening and non-judgment.  Debbie stressed how important the pre-talk was in working with people with PTSD, how important it is to listen to what they say, not what we are thinking. Often times this you will be the first person to really listen to them and hear their deeper story. It is also extremely important (and often difficult) not to show any shock in response to their story. Truly the key to working with people with severe traumas is to listen to their story in a non-judgmental way and providing hypnosis techniques that fit the layer of emotion or release they are currently working on.


Throughout the evening Debbie offered us a few techniques to assist with specific issues. She suggested the use of part’s therapy for the deep seated anger that accompanies physical or emotional abuse. She also recommended a technique where the person visualized their abuser shrinking and being made to disappear. People who have been so deeply wounded also experience major issues with self-esteem. Debbie’s demonstration for the evening offered us a wonderful example of using hypnosis to help our clients to recover their personal power by removing the obstacles they see that keep them separated from their own power.


This was a very powerful presentation that reminded us all how important our work as hypnotists is in helping clients to heal on the deepest levels.


Following the presentation, members announced their upcoming events. The meeting was adjourned at 9 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, and we will add your information to our list. Thank you!


Charges for our webmaster updating your 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



Anyone born in May??? Let us know!


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.


$$$ 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.


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.


 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

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:




Arizona Society for

Professional Hypnosis



2009 Membership Form

Annual Renewal Dues:     $35.00 (Postal Mailing List Members add - $15.00)

New Members:                  $85.00



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Email   _______________________URL_____________________


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Membership Classification (Please Check Box)

1Certified Professional    1 Associate Member    1Mailing List Only

Certificate Requested?  1 Yes    1 No


Please make out a check or money order to ASPH and mail to:


                   Tracy Crouch, Treasurer

                  2805 West Plum Hollow Drive

                  Anthem, AZ 85086

                  Phone:  602-348-0477




If you wish to join ASPH, please contact Tracy Crouch, Treasurer.