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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What is hypnosis?


What is hypnosis really? Few therapeutic procedures are less understood, or more plagued by misconceptions and misunderstandings than hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Before considering what hypnosis is, perhaps it would be appropriate to establish what it is not! Hypnosis is not sleep, magic or mental surrender. A person cannot be made to do something that is against their integrity in hypnosis. Most hypnotherapists, on interviewing a new client, will ask such client what he or she thinks hypnosis is. Replies range from sleep, to unconsciousness, to surrender of mental powers and control, to magic, to voodoo. All are wrong! First, hypnosis cannot be sleep. In most cases the subject is fully aware of communication and is able to respond on request either verbally or by signal. Neither is unconsciousness involved. A subject asked to make a specific movement will comply with the request unless it is objectionable, in which case there will be a refusal. Also, there is no surrender of mind or control. A person who does not want to be hypnotized cannot be hypnotized or be induced to do or say anything which violates personal standards of behavior or integrity. And while stage shows may seem like voodoo magic to many people, but any hypnotherapist can explain the actions or behaviors seen in stage, film or television shows, where the subject seems to follow directions mindlessly. Actually, hypnosis is better described than defined. It is often considered an altered state of consciousness featuring “selective perception”, a process in which the subject (who is in control) chooses to see only what is relevant to his task, blocking out everything else. Hypnosis involves guided concentration. The guidance, however, may be provided by a qualified practitioner or, in the case of self-hypnosis, by the individual subject.

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