Arizona Society For Professional Hypnosis




Next Meeting

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

7:00 p.m. SHARP


Topic: Hypnosis for Food Addiction

Presenter: Dr. Ilana H. Oren



HomeTown Buffet


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

Please no dining during the meeting.



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Hypnosis for Food Addiction

Dr. Ilana H. Oren (Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting)


Dr. Oren’s presentation will explore the following topics:


a.     What is Hypnosis?

b.    What happens during the hypnotic experience?

c.      Common misconceptions about hypnosis.

d.    Characteristic of the conscious and subconscious mind

e.      The game of compulsive eating and the 6 saboteurs

f.      What is an addiction to food and the recovery process


Dr. Oren will begin the presentation with a group hypnotic induction.


Dr. Ilana H. Oren is internationally recognized as an expert in Hypnosis. She has presented for international conferences on the subject of hypnosis and the use of hypnosis in the treatment of food addiction and drug addiction. Dr. Oren has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1976, providing counseling services to individuals couples and groups. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist and has successfully used hypnosis in the treatment of depression, anxiety eating disorders nicotine and drug addiction.


Dr. Oren is in private practice in Gilbert, AZ.


Her website is:






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)





November – Officer Nominations and a short presentation by Lindsay Brady


December – Holiday Party Time!


January 2010 – Topic to be announced



Meeting Minutes

September 1, 2009


Minutes from the September 1, 2009 ASPH Meeting.


President Robert J. O’Connor called the meeting to order at 7:10. He introduced himself, and the other ASPH officers, including newly appointed Secretary, Tim Paulson, CHt, who will fill the seat recently vacated by Debbie Gent. Robert then asked ASPH Statutory Agent Carol Adler to make a few announcements.


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After member introductions, Robert asked for any announcements. Don Rice spoke briefly about the recent National Guild convention. Thoughts had been that due to the economy, this year’s convention would be much smaller, bit it still turned out to be as large as previous meetings, with 35 to 40 countries represented. Sandy Graves spoke about being a presenter at the convention. She was the first person that has ever been invited to give a talk after only one year in business, and her talk, titled “Calling All Newbies”, was about getting started. Her business is flourishing, having just opened a second office in Payson, where she volunteered her services in stress relief for evacuees and fire fighters after recent forest fires.


At this time, Robert introduced the speaker for the evening, Linda Bennett.

Linda is a Life Coach, Certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Board Certified Hypnotherapy Instructor as well as a member of the International Association for Regression Research & Therapies. In addition to her private practice, Linda is Director of Education for the award- winning Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She has over 15 years and thousands of hours of clinical experience along with over twenty years in the field of training and development. Linda stresses that no type of therapy has all the answers. However, following in the footsteps of pioneers in this field from Edgar Cayce to Dr. Brian Weiss, she believes that regression therapy is the gateway to tremendous healing opportunities. She spoke on the topics of Past Life regression, and a closely related but separate therapy, Spirit Releasement. She finds Past Life Therapy and Soul Retrieval as established therapies, are often usefully combined with Spirit Releasement Therapy. Regression therapy is the ability to go back in time to a previous event and discover its current impact on our lives… going back in time can be 5 minutes ago, 5 months ago, 5 years ago, 55 years ago, or even 5 centuries ago. 


There are differing views on exactly what constitutes the phenomenon we label past lives: in linear time they are actually lives lived previously, or the possibility exists that there are multiple lives being lived simultaneously, or it’s possibly even shared common memories. Linda shared that she is often asked if past lives are ‘True’. She answers that it doesn’t really matter, in fact she doesn’t really care. If the therapy leads to healing, what difference does it really make? That doesn’t mean she takes her work lightly. She has a high regard and respect for the work she does, and feels honored and gifted to be part of this healing process


Linda joked that the cyclical nature of past lives is just God’s way of recycling. But she stressed that it doesn’t matter if the client believes in the idea, or even if the therapist believes it or not. As a therapist, it’s important to follow the client, and allow the healing to happen. As an example, she mentioned a man who was working on weight issues, and in a past life saw himself starving in a concentration camp. During this ordeal, he vowed he would “Never go hungry again”. Was this ‘real’? Maybe, or maybe not. It may just be a way for him to work through issues around his struggle with weight, but if it helps him achieve his goals, then does it matter if the experience actually happened or not? Clients may fear they’re just ‘making it all up’, but if it helps them heal, then it’s still valid. This work is simply a way to access information that already exists in some form. Even if the client sees themselves in a horrible situation, or as a horrible person, it offers the opportunity to view life from both sides of the coin. She also discussed the ability to work through fears people may carry around death & dying by allowing clients to experience a past life. For many people it allows them to live much more fully in the present.


The other portion of Linda’s presentation centered on a complementary therapy called Spirit Releasement or Spirit Attachment. Sometimes, when a person dies, they may not go where they are supposed to go, instead they will attach themselves to a living person. And the practice of Spirit Releasement should be seen as a therapy, not a rite. Unlike exorcism, it comes from a position of compassion, not confrontation. Spirit Releasement aims both to free the client and to assist the attached spirit to continue its evolutionary journey. As in past life therapy, spirit attachment could be real, or could simply be a metaphor for something the client is dealing with.


The spirit many times is from someone experiencing depression, as could be seen in suicide or drug use, and it will attach itself to a similarly depressed person, and may create many negative experiences for that individual. Indications may be a client saying things such as: “Something’s just not right”, “I’m not myself today”, or It’s not like me to do that”. Locations that are more common for spirit attachment include hospitals, mortuaries, and even in war zones. Linda mentioned that many cases in which war veterans struggle with PTSD could actually be attachments they have from buddies that died in battle, and cited a recent study from Colorado State University showing research they had done on the subject. If an attachment is suspected, have the client do a body scan, find an area where light will  not pass through, and bring that out and work with it. In working with the attached spirit, the therapy includes asking when they were last in physical form. Ask them ‘What was the benefit, why did they attach’? Then take the spirit through their death experience, and move them on into the light.


For more information, Linda mentioned a few books on the subject: “Unquiet Dead” by Edith Fiore, “Remarkable Healings” by Shakuntala Modi, and “Spirit Releasement Therapy” by William J. Baldwin. SWIHA will also be offering a class on Spirit Releasement the weekend of October 9 & 10, which Linda will be teaching.


Linda closed her talk by leading the group through an exercise in past life. We were asked to break up into pairs, with one person acting as the client, the other as the therapist. The ‘client’ was then asked to make up a story, to pick a time or place they would like to live, or possibly a time they would not want to have lived, and then relate that to the therapist. For many this was very insightful, and some found it led them to a detailed story concerning their chosen time. Is it real, or just a metaphor?


Robert then asked for members for any recent experiences they would like to share. Don Rice gave some very helpful advice on altering marketing ideas to keep up with the current economic conditions, and perceptions that people may be holding. He has recently changed his cards to read ‘Affordable Hypnosis’, and he spoke about and example to Save on Stop Smoking, by giving comparisons as to what smoking costs in real dollars, such as a pack of cigarettes a day x 365 days a year.


Robert then called for a motion to adjourn, and the meeting ended at 9:00 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Tim Paulson, CHt.

ASPH Secretary





President: Robert O’Connor --

Vice-President: Greg Nielson –

Secretary: Tim Paulson –

Treasurer: Tracy Crouch -

Statutory Agent and Parliamentarian: Carol Adler –



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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: "


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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.


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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 – Tracy Crouch –

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

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 Secretary Pro-Temp, Carol Adler,, for copies of the Constitution, By-Laws and Code of Ethics.




Happy Birthday to You




Dolores Proiette

Ellen Gennaro

Maria Jose Silva

Pratibha Noggle



And we apologize for September birthdays we left out of last month’s Newsletter by mistake


Happy Belated Birthday to You



Nan Webster-Purcell

Robert La Bine

Gwen Worthington

Martha Reed



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.





There are no announcements for the month of October



$$$ 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.


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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:


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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.



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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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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.