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Dr. Elaine Kissel Ph.D. – Hypnotherapist

Don Kissel – Office and Business Manager, Technical Director

Dr. Elaine Kissel Ph.D. Hypnotherapist

Dr. Elaine Kissel Ph.D. Hypnotherapist has been in practice since 1977, and since then has become recognized as one of the most successful hypnotherapy practices in the country. Not just for the numbers of clients Elaine Kissel serves, but also for the success rate she achieves for her clients.

Don Kissel, Elaine’s husband and partner, has managed the business and technical aspects of the Center and is usually the first person people meet when calling for Elaine’s help. He has facilitated Elaine’s work and because of his participation and support of all of her endeavors, together they have been called the “dynamic duo.”

Since the Elaine Kissel Hypnosis Center first opened in Southfield, Michigan many innovative programs created by Elaine have been added to the list of her services to help people achieve their goals. With almost 40 years of progressive development, Elaine Kissel’s reputation for innovation and originality has reached far and wide.

When Elaine Kissel set out to help people with hypnosis, she had to overcome the misconceptions that had held it back for more than a century. The popular though erroneous notions about hypnosis gradually succumbed to Elaine’s steadfast determination to educate people with the facts and provide the kind of hypnotherapy best suited to each individual client.

She was the first to be allowed to advertise in the popular press because she made it clear that she was not offering entertainment or instant miracles. She eradicated the nonsensical ideas about hypnosis while she established a new and better reputation for hypnosis with the nature of her practices.

Elaine’s continuing self-education and educating the public about hypnosis paved the way for others to enter the field. She created a huge wave of credibility and acceptance for hypnosis through her commitment to excellence: and with her scientifically controlled study proving blood sugar can be controlled with hypnosis, she won for the profession new positive recognition and acceptance from the medical community.

She was awarded the Hypnologist of the Year in 1981 for her contributions to the art and science of hypnosis. Since then Elaine has continued to make significant contributions to the field. For example, her Whole Mind Hypnotherapy is an approach which employs all levels of consciousness in the hypnotherapeutic process. The creation of the Weight Control Seminar was another innovation.

She and her work have been featured in newspapers and magazines, and she has often been interviewed on radio and television. She is a sought after speaker who imparts her wide range of knowledge in an interesting and entertaining way. She still speaks to numerous groups and continues to prove that hypnosis is a viable methodology when practiced with an understanding of its nature and potential and with respect and integrity of purpose.

Elaine’s mission has always been to help people the most natural, safe, and cost effective way. The success of her clients is her primary concern and she makes a serious genuine commitment to that goal.

About Dr. Elaine Kissel Ph.D.

Elaine was born in London, England, and received the major portion of her education there. Elaine studied psychology, para-psychology, the mind brain sciences and hypnosis for many years before establishing her hypnotherapy practice, which by the early 80’s, was a successful and nationally renowned service. The powerful impact of her pioneering and innovative approach exceeded conventional methodology and was soon universally recognized and held in high esteem. Elaine endeavored to enhance the reputation and application of hypnosis within and outside the profession, developing her Whole Mind Hypnotherapy processes to broaden the scope of how hypnosis could be used to achieve remarkable unparalleled results.

In 1978, the American Association of Professional Hypnologists presented her with the coveted Hypnologist of the Year Award for her innovations and contributions to the art and science of hypnosis. Her scientific study showing that blood sugar could be controlled with hypnosis contributed significantly to the emerging body of knowledge about the potential of hypnosis to treat mainstream health problems.

Elaine studied at the Earnie Pyle Institute of Journalism in New York and has contributed to various local and national publications as a staffer, a freelance writer, and an editor. Her dynamic presentations and workshops have inspired professional and lay people alike. She has led seminars for professional hypnosis organizations and the general public on a variety of issues, such as hypnosis and healing, weight control, depression, addictions and anxiety in which she explored the deeper reasons for persistent behavioral and health problems and how hypnosis can address them. Elaine had her own radio program for a year which drew an audience that put the unknown radio station on the map. She has written for and been written about in many major publications and now publishes a blog in which she offers her unique perspectives and insights pertinent issues.

A wide range of organizations, radio, and TV programs continue to call upon Elaine to share her knowledge and her deep insight to discuss how people can use their minds to become healthier and more fulfilled.

Elaine created Mind Mastery, the celebrated mind training course as a result of her own personal experience rather than institutional or textbook learning. Her book The Mind Is Willing, based on her Mind Mastery course, chronicles her own journey from near death to health without any medical help, and inspires as well as teaches people to take charge of their own lives.

Her continuing search for more effective ways to facilitate people achieving their goals was advanced by her extraordinary intuitive abilities and commitment to excellence. Her work has resulted in a library of resources, including self-development courses, distance learning materials, over fifty recorded lectures and a variety of unique custom seminars to help people discover and actualize their potential.

After more than 38 years of private practice, Elaine continues to help people make positive changes, develop control for themselves, and overcome problems. She also continues to create cutting edge programs for individuals and businesses who wish to grow and excel in their personal and professional lives.