James M. Hislop, LCSW, BCH, Certified Instructor of Hypnosis
6 Executive Park Dr.
Albany, NY 12203

"It is by no means certain that our individual personality
is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames.
We all do things, both awake and asleep, which surprise us.
Perhaps we have co-tenants in this house we live in,"
Oliver Wendell Holmes, quoted in The Myth of Sanity, by Martha Stout, PhD

"We humans are anatomically and behaviorally two different people, in constant conflict...."
John Sarno,
The Divided Mind

Ask yourself, “What would it feel like, if I didn't feel so afraid, or angry, or
discouraged.  What would I be doing?”   Perhaps the medication that seemed to be
helpful before has grown tired, and that the old therapy hours of talking
about  the
feeling haven’t recently improved anything.  It’s even hard to identify that lousy
feeling, but it continues to return the more you try to fight it.  The past is still
controlling the present.  It feels like you are running from yourself.  The old
distractions have stopped working.  What would it be like, instead, to be fearless
about this unwanted feeling, to say,” Bring it on”, and resolve the feeling every
time like defeating an old bully.  
What is it that people like me do that’s called ‘’psychotherapy’’, ‘’hypnotherapy”?     
There are many goals, types and purposes of therapy, and many types of
practitioners.   Most of psychotherapy is teaching, no more special than a school
teacher or a music teacher.   We often teach;
Mood management; how to identify changes of mood as they arise and to have
more choice on what to feel, more choice of what thoughts to follow, and detective
work, to identify the origin and apply the remedy for an old trauma, incident, or ‘’
‘’Family of origin work’’, to separate and individuate from old obsolete parental
influences while keeping the positives as resources, then
To settle old grudges with people from the past, even dead people, who live on in
the mind.  
To teach how to grieve, to emotionally ‘’say good-bye’’ to the lingering sense of
loss and abandonment when someone dies, leaves or changes, relationship work.
To have more choice in negotiating satisfaction from the people who matter, and
still keeping what is valuable, managing the risk in all choices,
And there’s  ‘’attention training’’, learning how to focus better, join the study of
being more present, to be and feel more authentic, more like a whole person.  
For enhanced experience of well-being, to identify and experience pleasure in a
more integrated way, gratitude for the enjoyment in almost every moment.  
Enriched behavioral responses and choice to any challenge or fear.     
There’s management of sensation in the body, sensitizing and desensitizing.  
Last but not least, preparation for death, ‘’bucket list’’ development, consciousness
of limits of life, of ending.    Still curious?   
Most local insurance plans are accepted.  My office address is door letter “F”,
Building 6, Executive Park Drive in Albany, which is easily accessible from Fuller
Road and/or behind Stuyvesant Plaza Shopping Center.   Office hours often vary
with the school calendar.  Out of courtesy for others, any cancellations must be 24
hours before the appointment.  ........
Different clients start from different
places. For some,  medication
dulling the feeling is sufficient.
No curiosity.
Others are willing to inquire into the
present feeling to identify the old
mis-perceptions that maintain the
Still others are willing to identify the
source of the feeling, and correct
the original disillusionment or
trauma.  The job is to experience
emotions now that were not allowed
We may find yet another feeling,
from yet another experience, that
also is appropriate to address.  
Ultimately, the healing and growth
process is to
cycle deeper and
deeper into a given issue,
sometimes now, sometimes later,
with the same or sometimes
different therapist.   We're done
when there's an experience of
acceptance and peace.
James M. Hislop, LCSW, BCH
Certified Instructor
2002.  BOARD
".... To put the matter metaphorically, as long as your attitude is one of actively trying to get rid of an anxiety-provoking
feeling, you are seeing  only its dark emotional surface.  At that level of awareness, the emotion looks like dirty bath
water.  You can't see through the anxiety, guilt or shame that it stirs up.  As you let yourself
have the feeling....experience
the emotion fully....your attentiveness deepens, and you begin to notice the baby in the bathwater, the previously
disowned awareness that has been there all along, obscured by the inner conflict that it provoked.  The process is a
subtle but also a very natural one.  Whether you prefer to think of it simply as getting in touch with a feeling, or more
profoundly, as listening to the soul, you will realize once you experience it that you have always known how to do it."
Elio Frattaroli, MD,
Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World,
".......If we're committed to
comfort at any cost, as soon as
we come up to the least edge of
pain, we're going to run; we'll
never know what's behind that
particular barrier or wall or fearful
Pema Chodron,
Loving Kindness
This is the exterior
door on the north
side of Building 6
on Executive Park
Drive, Albany
Plenty of parking
right across from
the door
Please arrive just before the
appointed time.  I do my best to
begin on time, and schedule
sessions at 60 minute
intervals.   My weekly schedule
often changes with the schools
vacation and holidays.
Thank-you for visiting my website.  There's lots of information about psychotherapy, counseling, and hypnotherapy for your here.  For the For the most influential books on my work
and information for students and hypnotists, visit my
Bibliography page.  Listed are several dozen of the most informative books on hypnosis, trauma, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy,
family therapy, and spiritual matters.  The page on my
Alcohol Course describes an informative, healing based educational course applicable to compulsions of all kinds, with or without substances.    Our family's history, going back
generations to the behavior of people we never knew, often has a powerful current effect, living on unhealed in our reactions, dreams, emotions and influencing our choices.  The
Family Tree, or Genogram diagram is like a road map back into history.           On the Frequently asked questions page, I answer several important questions distinguishing
hypnotherapy from psychotherapy.  Several prominent  researchers and theorists,
Peter Levine, PhD. and Marianne Eckberg, PhD. have described Grounding, Centering and
exercises to calm intense anxiety and emotional overwhelm.  
Lectures and demonstrations, I am available to speak to any appropriate group as described on the corresponding page.  Links are provided to the sites of my most recent
teachers and mentors, providing additional information on psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.  
Thank-you page acknowledges some of my most influential teachers and mentors with gratitude.
For my related education, training, experience and qualifications, visit my
Resume page.  
Distinct from abuse,
Neglect is uncountable, subtle, subconscious, and lives on long after that period of life has passed, yet is especially hard to identify.  
The Pain Page; Pain is often very responsive to hypnotherapy, especially when the subconscious emotions beneath the pain can be identified.  The work of John Sarno, MD. is
especially relevant and valuable here.  Finally, my
Hypnosis page describes the process of healing through the evolution of modern techniques from the original masters.  
OnFathering reflects the observations of several authors and my own findings on the tragic absence of the essential fatherly influence on growing boys and girls in our culture.  For
suggests referring psychotherapy clients who seem bogged down and would benefit from a precise identification and resolution of the subconscious origin of the
impediment as a supplement.  
Not Good Enough specifies the childhood misconceptions and shame is actually a powerful post-hypnotic suggestion. The Anxiety Page describes
how one of our most difficult feelings is actually a
signal of obsolete danger, but from within.
Waiting room inside
on the right
JMH '03
Albany hypnosis counseling, therapy marriage counseling family therapy psychotherapy past life regression hypnotherapy hypnosis, mental health, alcoholism, substance abuse, upstate, NY, new york saratoga springs, clifton park, ballston spa, albany albany
.:The job of the hypnotist was
no longer to induce a trance,
but rather to dehypnotize the
individual out of the trance
he/she was already
experiencing...."  Stephen
Wolinsky, PhD.,
People Live
Become a Professional
Hypnotist or
An amazing career awaits
you when you learn the
ethical theory and practice of
hypnotism.  Not just a clinical
[quit smoking, weight loss
and stress],
but sales, teaching, ministry,
customer service, coaching,
bodywork, criminal law,
advertising, the arts,
psychology, psychosomatic
medicine, politics, and the
cultivation of pleasure in
intimate relationships.   
Hypnosis is an influence
technology that affects
anything to do with people,
communication, ideas and
See the ''For Therapists''
page for details
Professional Hypnosis Instruction and Certification
The National Guild of Hypnotists
    Once a year, I offer professional certification hypnotist training, legal for New York State, for non-licensed hypnosis students,
titled ‘’consulting hypnotists’’, and licensed therapists, titled “hypnotherapists’’.   Both titles may use hypnosis theory and
techniques in their practice.  
   Consulting hypnotists offer important client services, including smoking cessation, weight management, and stress reduction
to individuals and groups.   Many other services include attention training, self-hypnosis, Gestalt and theatre techniques,
confidence building with public speaking and other challenges.  
   Hypnotherapists, as licensed therapists, [MD, PhD, LCSW, RN, and others]  may use the same hypnosis theory and
techniques, offer the same services, and are often on health insurance panels as their license allows.  Hypnotherapists add a
mental health dimension to diagnose and treat mental disorders using hypnosis techniques when indicated.      
  Upon completion of hypnosis training, both consulting hypnotists and hypnotherapists are National Guild of Hypnotists
members and will receive the certification certificate, the NGH membership card, the quarterly Journal of Hypnotism, the
HypnoGram, and many additional resources that go with Guild membership.   
  The 2015 professional training is scheduled for 5 specific weekends in September, October, November and December.  The
basic course requires 100 hours when well-completed.    
  Any interested or prospective student should call me at 518-577-8367 or call the office at 518-482-6160 for an interview,
costs and dates.  I require an individual meeting with each possible applicant.