About Barbara Jo Hawkins

Barbara Hawkins specializes in the use of NLP techniques for post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, grief resolution, and regression therapy. In 2003 Barbara became a Certified Hypnosis Instructor and has received nothing but praise from those attending her classes.

"After 18 years' experience as a Hypnotist and 20 years as an Instructor in self-hypnosis (The Silva Method) I can truly say that my life has been, and continues to be, tremendously improved and enriched by using the same tools I use with my clients.  It thrills me to share these hypnosis techniques with students who take the Hypnosis Certification Training – the cream of Hypnosis, NLP and Applied Kinesiology presented in a practical format."

One of the perks of taking your Hypnosis Certification Training with Barbara are the before and after class activities which help you get the most out of the training.

In Barbara's hypnosis practice and in the course, she emphasizes “getting to the cause” rather than attempting to change things by just adding new suggestions. (By the way, the course is for lay people and professionals alike.) "Graduates often call or email to tell me about fabulous experiences they've had – personally or with a client – and I ‘walk on air’ for days. And I love the stories I hear from my clients!"

"I use a lot of humor as we go along because that allows students to expand their viewpoint, to see the possibilities. As the class progresses, we support each other as we envision using our hypnosis tools. It’s so cool when students understand their life can be different – their problems and challenges can become opportunities and adventures."

Because Barbara has personal experience as a hypnosis practitioner and an instructor, she can answer a multitude of questions and help people envision specific ways to use the tools – all of which helps them to achieve their desires.

In addition to hypnosis, Barbara teaches The Silva Life System and The Silva Intuition System as well as other workshops such as ‘In Touch With Your Life Plan & Your Future’ and ‘Making the Law of Attraction Work for You’.

Reading and studying extensively in the fields of hypnotherapy and human potential, Barbara continues to add to her repertoire of techniques and approaches so that she may help her clients achieve their stated goals in the most efficacious manner.

Barbara's formal education was at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and at The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

In addition to her Hypnosis Certification and Silva Instructor / Coach Certification, Barbara is an ordained Minister; is a certified Reiki Master; is a certified Energy Restoration practitioner; is certified in The ReConnection™ energy healing; and she is certified to do the actual ReConnection™ and she has some training in Comfort Touch. Barbara has done Shamanic Training with Hank Wesselman and has attended 8 programs at The Monroe Institute 

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Goal Setting Problems


Goal setting problems plague all of us at one time or another. Most people have dreams – of success, wealth, love, career advancement, resolution of problems or whatever. Few carry them through planning to achievement. Learning special techniques under the retention power of hypnosis can help in the achievement of dreams. One of the major goal setting problems has been described as the “Playpen Syndrome”. It begins virtually at birth, when young children are naturally very suggestible. They want to be liked. They learn from parents, teachers and authority figures that if they do what they are told, they will be liked. If they create problems, they won’t be liked. Young children are placed by parents in a playpen where they are considered safe and out of trouble. They become comfortable in that environment. They are out of the way, they are fed, changed, watched – taken care of. And they are liked because they do not create problems. They are left in the playpen where their needs are met, they don’t get into trouble, and they are liked. But they are not encouraged to learn or advance. Many children grow up in a playpen. In sports they are allowed to play on teams regardless of their proficiency at the sport, without real motivation to improve. Later in a working environment Unions cater to their needs, save their jobs regardless of their skills or lack thereof, determine their wages, benefits, fight their battles, etc. And the government itself provides the biggest playpen of all, attempting to meet needs and plan the future, without any incentive to become self-sufficient. The playpen syndrome fosters mediocrity, and it is promoted by people and agencies who want to avoid being bothered by ambition, creativity, new ideas or progress.

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