- More than 45 years of clinical experience
- Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
- Additional nine years of graduate studies
- Private practice in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle, and on Bainbridge Island since 1997 – 2018
- Now located at Palm Desert Hypnosis
- Online worldwide since 2005
- Certified Counselor and Registered Hypnotherapist in the State of Washington
- IMDHA 2009 recipient of the Pen & Quill Award for my book, Becoming Slender For Life
- IMDHA approved hypnosis instructor
- Approved ICBCH hypnosis instruction and provider
- Recipient of the ICBCH Life-time Achievement Award
- Author, Becoming the Greatest Expression of You
- Recipient of the IMDHA Life Fellow in Hypnotherapy Award
Healthcare professionals across the U.S. and in several countries refer their patients to me.
I’m known for offering a safe, supportive environment where you feel heard and find hope.
I teach you mindfulness-based tools that can lead you toward healing and growth.
Medical Hypnosis and Relationship Counseling
Since 1997 I’ve specialized in Medical Hypnosis and have witnessed the power of the unconscious mind to make healthy changes.
Medical Doctors, cancer treatment centers and other healthcare providers from across the U.S. and worldwide refer their patients to me for Medical Hypnosis.
Medical hypnosis is not an alternative to or replacement for professional medical care. Be sure to consult with your physician and continue medical treatment. Medical hypnosis is used in cooperation with your professional medical treatment.
Individual and Relationship Counseling
I have a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and countless hours of continuing education since 1997.
I offer a client-centered approach helping you to develop the resources within you to effectively deal with your situation. My goal is to empower you with the skills to make the healthy changes you desire.
I have often been referred to as the “therapist’s therapist”. Over the years, many of my clients have been other mental health counselors, clergy of many faiths, medical doctors and other healthcare professionals.
In high school I worked weekend nights on drug crisis hotline. People who were having a bad drug experience, or were suicidal or just needed someone in the middle of the night to talk to called in. My job was to listen and be with them until sunrise and they lived to experience another day.
As an undergraduate, I began working with children who were developmentally disabled. I became Executive Director of Forestview Community Homes, Inc. in Minnesota which provided residential programs to children and adults who were developmentally disabled.
While attending Graduate School I was Vice President of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California directing the emergency services, hot meal programs, and senior services in Orange & San Diego Counties and created the counseling program throughout southern California.
While in grad school, I completed my 3,000 hours of counseling internship and became a Certified Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner.
I consider myself to be a life-long learner and I continue to grow in my own knowledge and experience.
Today, I am active in the Medical Hypnosis profession, I teach Advanced Medical Hypnosis to health and wellness professionals and I am active in my home community.
I have served on various boards, volunteered in organizations and I was the sports psychologist for the Bainbridge Boys Lacrosse team on Bainbridge Island, WA.
I love it when young men stop me on the ferry or on the street to share with me how they have used the hypnosis skills that I taught them when they were playing Lacrosse.
They tell me that hypnosis helped get them through college and land their first professional job. Others tell me how they use their hypnosis skills in relationship and parenthood.
These are the stories that fill my heart and make it all worthwhile!
I Live an Active Life
Much of my life I was an overweight (frequently obese) couch potato. Hypnosis for weight loss saved my life. In 1995, I had high blood pressure and was borderline diabetic. The following year, using hypnosis I made huge lifestyle changes in and lost 115 pounds. Now I live a vibrant, healthy life.
I’ve completed five marathons, and since 2005 I’m an avid road bike cyclist.
Twice I’ve ridden the STP (Seattle to Portland) bike ride–first in two days and then all 204 miles in one day. Each year I ride in several century (100 mile) rides, and I try to get on the road several times each week, plus I attend at least two spin classes each week.
In addition I lift weights and love to hike in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. There is no doubt that hypnosis changed my life.
Today, I am thankful for my slender healthy, strong body. My young medical doctor just looks at my lab results, shakes his head and giggles.
As a grandfather of 5 awesome granddaughters, I’m thrilled that I need no medications.
I share this with you because I believe it’ a testament to the power of self-hypnosis. Previously I was unhealthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Self-hypnosis changed my life–and it just might change yours too.
Because of my own experience I’m passionate about helping others make healthy changes in their own lives.
2018 Tour de Palm Springs
IMDHA Pen & Quill Award 2008
Becoming Slender For Life
ICBCH Outstanding Instructor Award
ICBCH Lifetime Achievement Award
February 17, 2020
IMDHA Life Fellow in Hypnotherapy