Credentials & Experience

Be aware that there are enormous numbers of organizations that provide a variety of hypnosis credentials that lack substance or significance.  So, how does one go about finding a credible, trustworthy clinical hypnotist? The answer is to ALWAYS check the hypnotist’s credentials and evidence of:  1) a license to practice medical and/or mental heath in your state, 2) higher education with a Master’s Degree and above (MSW, PhD, MD, DDS, etc.) in health, mental health, and comparable professions, 3) achievement of hypnosis credentialing through an organization with high hypnosis education standards, such as the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), or the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH).  See Hypnosis Society Links for more societies.


Master’s Social Work: St. Louis University School of Social Service-St. Louis, MO  1994

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology:  Webster University-St. Louis, MO  1991

post-graduate education:  

Michael D. Yapko, PhD.:  100-Hour Comprehensive Training in Applying Clinical Hypnosis in Strategic Psychotherapy utilizing Erickson Hypnosis.

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis:  Certified in Clinical Hypnosis and Approved Consultant – 300+ ce hours

Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis:  34 ce hours

Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis:  30 ce hours

National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute:  42 ce hours

Somatic Experiencing:  Beginning Level – knowledge and skills in the SE biophysiological model for the resolution of trauma:  35 ce hours.

The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc.:   Full IntensiveTraining in Erickson Approaches to Hypnosis: 90 ce hours;

National Institute of Application of Behavior Medicine:  Mind/Body Medicine – 72 ce hours

American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association:  Medical/Analytical Hypnosis – 54 ce hours

Tobacco Addiction Specialty Credentialing Program:  Specialization in tobacco addiction and dependence – 85 ce hours

Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program:  Two-year program in adult psychotherapy program; classroom instruction with twice weekly supervision with psychoanalysts

licensure:   –  Clinical Social Work SW004977

professional organizations:  

Advanced Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy Association

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical Social Work Association

International Association for the Study of Pain

International Network of Women Against Tobacco

Missouri Society Clinical Social Work

National Association of Social Work

National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute

Society of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis

work background:

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Webster University, then attended St. Louis University School of Social Service where I earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work ( MSW).

Since graduating with my MSW, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children populations in various settings, including hospice, chemical dependency and dual diagnosis, and as lead psychotherapist in a clinic setting.

I have worked for 17 years now, of which I maintained a private practice 15 years, beginning part- then full-time in 2002.  Personally, for me, I have found the private practice setting to be well-suited with my progressive, innovative style for providing the work I enjoy most:  helping people learn how to self-heal by tapping into their own inner resources.