Donna Kannard, Ph.D.
Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy
My first exposure to hypnosis training was the basic weekend course of the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. Dr. A. M. Krasner’s class was so much fun, while being informative and confidence building. It did what it was intended to do. I was hooked. I had to know more, so I signed up then and there for the Ph.D. program. It introduced me to a new world of concepts, skills and information, not to mention friends and a support network that would inspire me. My first mentors in the early years were Dr. Jane Lake and Dr. Richard Neves. I learned so much from them. I met good friends and travelers on the path in Leticia Montiel-Oliver, and Marjorie Miles, who, to this day, support and encourage me. Dick Sutphen was a powerful influence as I studied his tapes and books, and led workshops on Past Life Regression. Dr. Bruce Lipton presented his research at our ABH conventions and explained the mechanics of how and why hypnosis works. He has since become a well respected best selling author. I was introduced to the world of NLP at that time. While I haven’t studied with Richard Bandler and John Grinder personally, I am so grateful for their work. They may well be the biggest influence in this presentation. I had such wonderful experiences with so many excellent trainers, including Tad James for NLP, Timeline Therapy™ and Ericksonian Hypnosis, Marilyn Sargeant, of NLP COMPREHENSIVE, Jayne Brown of NLPLA, Christina Hall and Gary Boone with NLP of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Michael Grinder, Gerry Schmidt and many of the other trainers from NLP COMPREHENSIVE. I thank my friend Eileen Bertie for her generous spirit and amazing knowledge. She made the drive from Van Nuys to Santa Ana in rush hour traffic for our weekly NLP study group. Michael Watson was so good at creating and teaching wonderfully effective Hypnosis and NLP techniques that I almost forgot I didn't invent them. I was fortunate to be an assistant at many NLP trainings including Core Transformation™, NLP Training Institute of Los Angeles’s and Christina Hall’s certifications, , and Adept International’s NLP Practitioner certifications with Robert Link, Sean Holt and Betty Link. During that time I met Dr. Laurie Nadel, Psychotherapist, NLP MP, and Master Hypnotherapist as well as gifted journalist and author. She became a wonderful source of information and encouragement.
I then was exposed to the incredible world of kinesiology, or energy work. Evelyn Budd-Michaels (a fabulous Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP) was inspiring as she mentored me in that world, along with Gary Boone, and Alex Holub. Wayne Topping, continues to be an inspiration with his many books and trainings, including Brain Gym®, Touch for Health®, and Wellness Kinesiology. Marilyn Lugaro and our Orange County Brain Gym® Network helped with clearings. Gary Craig with his EFT training has led me to create original ways of assisting clients and learn more about myself. Carol Tuttle more recently has given me techniques to break through my resistance to completing this work. Also coaching me was the awesome James Wanless, author of many books and creator of the Voyager Tarot.
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