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Anthony M. Davis, Board Certified Hypnotist Featured on CBS Television

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — There are many myths surrounding hypnosis. Some think of it as a form of mind control or that it’s done by staring at a swinging watch until you get sleepy, but those theories are false.

It’s a natural process people go in and out of everyday and it’s being used to heal.

Brittany Casstevens, a survivor of abuse, is sharing her story of how hypnosis brought her back to life.

“I was emotionally numb,” said Casstevens. “If I didn’t leave I could have been killed.”

Casstevens has dealt with the scars of abuse since childhood.

“I was not good at genuinely feeling my smile. I woke up every morning and begged myself to get out of bed, so that I could fake it another day.”

Today there is no faking, her smile is real and she gives all the credit to Board Certified Hypnotist Anthony M. Davis.

“There are some people that come in here and think I have a magic wand,” said Davis. “It doesn’t work that way.”

Davis is one of 140 Board Certified Hypnotists in the world and there’s no wand or fancy tricks. Hypnotism is all about comfort, relaxation and tapping into the subconscious mind. The subconscious is labeled as the protector and stores every single experience a person goes through.

“Because your subconscious mind is there to protect you or take care of you,” said Davis. “When you’re in a state of hypnosis and I’m telling you you’re good, you’re enough and capable of doing what you want, your mind says OK cool, I’ll take it.”

During a session a client sits back, closes their eyes and focuses on the voice of one.

“When they start to focus on what I’m telling them,” said Davis. “They’re not hearing that other tape player that’s going all the time.”

Casstevens was a client for 6 weeks and says what Davis taught will last a life-time.

“He taught me that not only is it OK what I’ve been through and what I’ve dealt with, but the situations that I’ve been through are so common,” said Casstevens. “He taught me not to be ashamed.”

Hypnosis is a holistic approach, there’s no diagnoses given or prescriptions written. It’s teaching a person to positively feed the subconscious mind, while incorporating life coaching and forgiveness, so people like Casstevens come out on top.

She has now graduated the program and is currently writing a book.

Although the bulk of Davis’s clients are women who have suffered long term abuse, he works with first responders, military members and their families. He also works with clients to kick habits such as smoking, over-eating and even extreme couponers.

Hypnosis does NOT cause suicide

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Recently a news article hit the press about a high school principal that hypnotized students…a lot of them… as many as 75 of the students were seen for sports or educational enhancement. Then, three committed suicide.  This happened years ago in 2011.  The reason it is in the press today is because the school settled with each of the surviving families for $200,000 for a total of $600,000.  That’s a lot of money and it’s news.  Yet, the perception is that hypnotism was somehow the cause of each student’s death as if they were given a diabolic suggestion to end it all.  The loss of these young students is a tragic story, as are all suicides.  The grief and guilt left by the living who once shared their sphere of life is painful. I know because I too was left feeling guilty years ago when a friend made that fateful choice that left us all wondering what we missed…what we could have done.

Suicide is a serious issue in our society.  Yet, I am confident when I say that hypnotism was not the cause of these young deaths.  In my hypnosis practice, much of the work I do is to help those who have suffered long term abuse, loss, loneliness or significant self confidence issues.  Many times a person that makes the choice to take their life feels isolated, alone and in their perception, they have no further options.  Sometimes they are in a state that limits their ability to see any hope for happiness in their life.  Sometimes they have embarrassment or regret for actions they took, or perhaps didn’t take in some situation.  Sometimes their confidence is so low that self worth doesn’t measure a penny’s worth in their own perception.  Notice that I mention ‘perception’ because they way we see things are not always true.

This is the work I do with my clients.  I have seen hypnotism absolutely turn around lives once the client has had a glimpse of a brighter future; all by a change of perception.  Granted, if I had a client tell me they were considering suicide I would not leave their side and ensure they get the proper medical care.  I am not a medical provider so I am bound by the National Guild of Hypnotist’s Code of Ethics to operate solely within the scope of my practice.  I will say that with all the abuse and trauma clients I’ve seen, I have always watched lives move toward a positive direction from hypnotism.  A person who wants help and pursues hypnotism as a means to build their confidence and overall outlook leaves at the end of the sessions feeling good about themselves and has a bright outlook on their future.

Now getting back to the high school, there are a number of issues with this case.  According to one article, the principal “Diagnosed” one of the students with anxiety.  I don’t know if he was a member of any governing body like the National Guild of Hypnotists.  My guess is that he was NOT. According to the NGH Code of Ethics, hypnotists cannot (or will not) diagnose any disorder unless they are a licensed medical professional.

Anxiety is medically listed disorder in the DSM-5, the manual that is used by licensed psychologists and psychiatrists.  In my case, I don’t work with “Anxiety” but I can work with fears or worries (something outside a medical disorder).

It’s important for a hypnotist to operate within the scope of their practice. He apparently did not have a medical license since he was also charged with not having one as a requirement of his state.

Being that the students were minors, he should not have been doing hypnosis work without parental permission.  And then, even with permission if a person came to him that was “diagnosed with a disorder”, he should have gotten a medical referral first.

A person is always in control during hypnosis and would not do anything or say anything that they don’t want to do.  Of all my clients that I’ve seen for confidence or the need to begin living beyond tragic incidents, I have never had a client tell me they are worse and now feel as though they want to kill themselves. In my experience, hypnotism always helps the client move forward and they have a renewed, positive outlook on life afterwards.

In the case of these students, their suicide cannot be tied to hypnosis.  This guy went beyond the scope of his educational position as a principal. The likelihood of the suicides being linked to hypnosis is an easy blame just by the quantity of those he hypnotized. If he had not hypnotized any student at all and they still committed suicide, then the school would be looking at other issues like bullying, drug use or some other factor.

Because he went beyond his job, it’s an easy blame for hypnosis and they filed a suit. The school likely settled because there was a conflict of interest and misuse in his position as a principal, and operating outside the legal and ethical realm of a hypnotist.

It’s one thing if he wanted to do hypnosis as a part time thing, but he blurred the lines by including it as something he does as a principal and clearly strayed outside the scope of his practice.

Hypnotism is and continues to be a safe resource for people seeking life change, gaining control of habits, enhancing educational or sports skills, or to build a stronger sense of confidence, allowing them to live a happier, healthier life.  With a proper medical referral, hypnotism can be a healthy, drug-free way to compliment ongoing medical or dental care.  As you seek a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, it is important to ensure they are properly trained and operate within moral and ethical guidelines of a professional organization like the National Guild of Hypnotist’s.

I don’t believe hypnosis had anything to do with it.

Anthony M. Davis, CCH
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Podcast 4 – Senior Leadership

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In our earlier podcast, we talked about how Transformative Life Centering is an awesome process for couples preparing for marriage.  In this podcast we’re going to look at how Transformative Life Centering can make a huge difference with senior and executive leadership.  

I’ve witnessed over and over again people in these positions. They are charged with leading organizations and their lives are a mess.  Sure they make the big bucks, but if they really allowed themselves to see where they are, they have fears for the future and sometimes they are afraid of making a decision because of the “what-if it doesn’t turn out so well” syndrome.  

Senior BusinesswomanAdd to that the junk they’ve been carrying around for decades. In some organizations they faced deep angers from the inherent mistrust and competition from their peers.  

Now image what would happen if these men and women had a reset button. They could take their talents and experience and apply it from a new centered position. A place where they are in control of their thoughts and feelings.

You don’t have to look too hard to find people that are disappointed with various leadership structures in our nation.  There are good organizations that bring value to their corporations and their people, but I venture to say that’s a minority and it doesn’t have to be that way.

As a nation and as an economic leader in the world. We are capable to reach higher…lead stronger…and be an example of success…

If only our leaders would only allow this whole-life makeover from Transformative Life Centering. The reality is that these leaders would benefit exponentially if they would pay for their secretaries and administrative assistants to experience this process. They would enjoy happy, engaged and successful employees for the long haul. These lower paid professionals are often the backbone of leadership, logistics and effective organizations.

This is just a small snippet where Transformative Life Centering can be an effective life changing experience.  In the days to come, we’ll look at other examples where you have the ability to bring positive change to your life if you choose to.

If you’d like to talk with me about how this process can establish a new future for you, leave me a note on the Contact Form and I’ll be sure to get back with you soon.

I watch lives change in front of me and this is why I do what I do.

Anthony M. Davis, CCH

…Empowering People to Reach Their Goals.

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