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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.

About Dr. Elaine Kissel

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 she was trained as a hypnotherapist by hypno-psychoanalyst Carolyn Sall MD; she spent nearly two years as the Dr’s apprentice while also doing research and psychic experiments with hypnosis together.

By the early 80’s Elaine’s successful practice was well established and nationally renowned. 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. Her dynamic presentations and workshops have inspired professional and lay people alike. She leads seminars for professional hypnosis organizations and the general public on a variety of issues, such as hypnosis and healing, weight control, depression,addictions, phobias, PTSD, and anxiety in which she explored the deeper reasons for persistent behavioral, emotional and health problems and how hypnosis can address them.

Elaine hosted her own radio program for a year which drew an audience that put the unknown radio station on the map.

Elaine studied at the Ernie 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. She has written for and been written about in many major publications and now publishes a blog (readable on this site) in which she offers her unique perspectives and insights to pertinent life 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.

When the American Institute of Hypnotherapy (AIH) was authorized by the State of California to offer the first ever post graduate award in hypnotherapy, they invited Elaine to register as a PhD student to help them set the standard for this new qualification, which she was duly awarded in 1986. Nine years later the AIH was taken’ over when the eminent Dr. Krasner transferred ownership and subsequently the AIH was closed without finding an appropriate qualified body to provide for the PhD students. As a result of this the award no longer appears on any national registers. Graduate- and postgraduate degrees run by universities do not offer comprehensive teaching in the use-of hypnosis as a specialist therapy. For this reason Elaine says it is particularly regrettable-that the AIH is no longer in business and that its founder Doctor Krasner and his associates were no longer able to continue their work

Early in her career 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, and a companion to the 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 45 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.

She has produced a variety of self help products available on this site, and offers courses in hypnotherapy to qualified individuals who wish to progress from the standardized training given elsewhere. See Training tab

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.