Would you be surprised to learn that mindfulness and hypnosis are deeply related in both form and function?

And that the structure and language of hypnosis can amplify your clinical results with mindfulness?

It would be an enormous understatement to say that mindfulness approaches have become popular in psychotherapy. But has Mindfulness lived up it's potential in your practice? Are you using your other therapeutic skill sets to amplify your results with mindfulness strategies?

Join us for this brief, high-impact conference on Mindfulness in Psychotherapy and get ideas and strategies that you can put to use in your practice right away. Increase your success rate and your results. More importantly - find out how to more effectively use what you already know!

Integrate your other skills such as hypnosis, cognitive therapy and brief psychology to AMPLIFY your results.

Discover and utilize some elements of experiential learning that are common to mindfulness and hypnosis.

Dramatically amplify your mindfulness interventions using key hypnotic language and expert framing.

Explore common patterns of mindfulness, hypnosis and psychology that will allow you to use ALL more effectively.

Discover (or Re-Affirm) that one does not have to believe in god or Buddhism to benefit from mindfulness.

Learn critical differences between mindfulness as a therapy and as a Buddhist practice.


Join us for this event and you will have access to all of the mindfulness presentations that you can then listen to online as well as download for later use. All presentations have transcripts that you can use for ease of retention and work with your own clients.

How does this work?

After you click the red "Start Now" button and pay, an email with conference access instructions is sent within seconds of your purchase (if you do not see anything, please check your spam folder). Once you have that info you login and enjoy the presentations in your own time and your own way. Listen online or download and listen on a computer, iPod or other mp3 player. And - as always, if you have any problems, we (Ryan Nagy and Rob McNeilly) are here to help: enroll@psychotherapyconferences.com.

Here's What You Will Get

Dr. Michael Yapko, PhD Psychology

"Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience"

Michael Yapko, PhD.

This presentation based on Michael's book of the same name is a breathtaking overview of the similarities and differences between mindfulness and hypnosis and how you can (if you chose) use one to amplify these other. Just a sample of what Michael covers in his presentation

1) How mindfulness and hypnosis are related in both form and function

2) Hypnosis and the basis of experiential learning that applies to mindfulness

3) How to approach Mindfulness in clinical practice, as opposed to spiritual practice.

4) The importance of addressing sleep disturbances, the most common symptom of anxiety disorders.

5) Some of the critical dynamics of employing guided mindfulness mediations in treatment.

6) Analysis is on the language of mindfulness and how to use language for maximum impact.

Michael Yapko is both a visionary and pioneer in the teaching of hypnosis and of its use in many areas. Michael is not only a clinician with over 30 years practice but also an author who has written over a dozen highly-acclaimed books, including his latest, Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience.

Dr. Yapko is a member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has written and edited thirteen books, including Breaking the Patterns of Depression, Treating Depression with Hypnosis, and Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families. His newest book, Depression is Contagious, was just released in September (2009) from The Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster. His works have been published in nine languages.

Douglas Flemons PhD

Mindfulness, Mind and "I"

Douglas Flemons, PhD.

In this far-reaching interview, Douglas speaks to the limitations of consciousness, rationality and "insight" as well as to many of the relational aspects and communicational aspects of mindfulness and hypnosis, including:

1) Finding the flow of experience (whether hypnotically or through a mindful strategy)

2) Relaxing the boundary between "you" and your "experience"

3) Synchronizing mind and body

4) Making boundaries selectively irrelevant to open space for change and new possibilities

5) And much more...

Douglas Flemons Ph.D. is Professor of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, where he provides live supervision of family therapy cases and teaches courses on hypnosis, meditation, and brief therapy; systemic theory (focused on the work of Gregory Bateson); and sex therapy. He is also Co-Director, with his wife and colleague, Dr. Shelley Green, of Context Consultants (www.contextconsultants.com) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From 2002-2010, he developed and directed two psychotherapy clinics founded on brief-therapy principles.

Dr. Flemons has been practicing tai chi and other forms of meditation since 1979 and has been practicing hypnotherapy since 1985. He is the author of books on hypnosis and therapy (Of One Mind); family therapy and Eastern philosophy (Completing Distinctions); composition (Writing Between the Lines); and suicide assessment (the forthcoming co-authored Therapeutic Suicide Assessment). He is also co-editor (with Dr. Green) of a book on brief sex therapy (Quickies). Dr. Flemons presents nationally and internationally on hypnosis, psychotherapy, sexuality, suicide, and other topics. Once a year in Florida he offers a 50-hour (7-day) intensive hypnosis training.

Ivan Milton, PhD

"Mindfulness and Psychology: Interview with Ordained Buddhist Monk and Psychologist Ivan Milton"

Ivan Milton, PhD

In this interview by Rob McNeilly, Ivan speaks to a variety of topics encompassing his career as a psychologist, Buddhist monk and someone who has trained in and uses hypnosis. You will learn:

1) Key distinctions between mindfulness as therapy and spiritual practice.

2) Whether mindfulness can benefit everyone.

3) If you need to have a mindfulness practice to teach it to others.

4) Benefits of mindfulness and where it can lead a client and yourself.

Ivan Milton (Ven Thupten Lekshe) is a clinical psychologist with wide ranging experience in psychiatry, tertiary education and private practice. With a longstanding interest in Buddhist meditation, Ivan has developed special expertise in the use of mindfulness practice in mental health treatment. Ivan has been a Tibetan Buddhist for many years and was ordained a monk in 2000. Ivan continues to run a private practice as a clinical psychologist from his home base in Melbourne.

Rob McNeilly, MD

"Mindfulness, Hypnosis and Change: Some Observations and Directions"

Rob McNeilly, MD

Rob McNeilly, MD

In this presentation, Rob brings together many of his areas of expertise and knowledge and invites you to consider some of the contexts and processes of both mindfulness and hypnosis and how you can use them with yourself and your clients.

1) What hypnosis and mindfulness consist of from an experiential level

2) Communicational and self-relational aspects of both areas.

3) Using mindfulness as a socially acceptable way to introduce hypnosis...

4) Different forms of hypnosis and mindfulness meditations including, suggestional, invitational, guided and scripted.

5) Discovering which of the above will be most beneficial for a particular client and how to frame interventions accordingly.

Rob offers a number of clinical examples to allow an easy translation of the talk into clinical practice.

Rob McNeilly is known for providing experiential learning which is practical, relevant and down to earth, Rob has the ability to teach immediately useful skills to therapists and the public. A former licensed medical doctor, Rob now focus exclusively on teaching and training. Widely known throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Rob is the author and co-author of several books and DVD's series on empirically based methods for learning effectiveness in therapy. In this practical and immediately useful presentation Rob will not only share his theories and ideas for looking past anxiety and seeing the whole person, but also lead you through some gentle yet effective experiences that will give you first-hand knowledge of processes that can help cure a person of anxious thoughts and feelings.

Ryan C. Nagy, MA

"Feldenkrais and Mindfulness: How Much Of Yourself is Breathing?"

Ryan C. Nagy, M.A.

In his presentation and experiential exercise, Ryan brings together his teaching in the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and experience with Ericksonian hypnosis and meditation to share a unique mindful meditation process. Ryan's invites you to create deep states of somatic (body) experience and notice how they can shift your experience of "You" and your actions in the world.

1) Experience Feldenkrais, hypnosis and mindfulness in a deeply satisfying way.

2) Engage your parasympathetic nervous system to relax deeply.

3) Move and act with greater awareness and ease.

4) Add YOUR unique outcome here! What will it be?

Ryan shares not only a presentation but also a guided movement meditation (that you can do while sitting) as well as several Feldenkrais-based movement sessions that you can use for greater ease and comfort while sitting and working (The sessions can have the side of effect of eliminating back pain and strain if you have any as well as making it easier to sit and concentrate)

Ryan Nagy MA has created several top selling Feldenkrais programs which he sells on his websites and via iTunes and Amazon. A Feldenkrais Practitioner as well as a former early childhood educator and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Ryan has unique perspectives on learning, development and change. Through his Feldenkrais blog and podcast Ryan has touched the lives of tens of thousands of Feldenkrais practitioners, students, trainers and other interested in the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.

Consuelo Casula, Lic Pysch

Mindfulness and Hypnosis.


With ourselves and our clients, the integration between mindfulness and hypnosis offers unique opportunities to enhance creative collaboration between conscious awareness and unconscious intuition and creativity.  The aim of Mindfulness is to evoke in the subject a non-judgmental posture of acceptance of what happens moment by moment. The aim of hypnosis is to evoke from subjects the embedded resources to give them back their natural resilience and their drive to change.

The complimentary outcomes are reached involving and integrating patients’ conscious and unconscious. Integrating the mindfullness and hypnosis can help you to calibrate the technology of radical acceptance with the technology of change. This integration invites invites you to talk to the conscious as well to the unconscious, and to awaken in your client the natural wisdom that knows that before any change is necessary to accept one’s own imperfection and the awaken creativity and emotional intelligence.

During this workshop, you will have the chance to practice some exercises of mindfulness proposed in a hypnotic way.

You will learn:

  • You will be able to describe at least 3 differences and similarities between mindfulness and hypnosis.  
  • You will be able to use 3 or more hypnositic language patterns to increase the effectiveness of mindfulness practices.

Consuelo C. Casula is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Milan, Italy, and trainer for hypnosis and psychotherapy at the Scuola Italiana di Ipnosi e Psicoterapia Ericksoniana and at other schools of psychotherapy. She is the President-Elect of ESH (2011-2014) and Secretary/treasurer of ISH (2009-2012). She has presented papers and conducted workshops at national and international congresses, and also in Japan, Mexico, and Brazil, on Ericksonian hypnotherapy, metaphors, happiness, resilience, philosophy and hypnosis, and women development. She was invited to present at the 10th and at the 11th International congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. She has written articles and books on communication skills, leading groups, metaphors, women development and resilience. The book on metaphor has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Kay Colbert, LCSW & Roxanna Erickson-Klein, PhD

The Intersection of Mindfulness and Hypnosis

kolberkleinA video conversation between two clinicians that considers the similarities and differences of Mindfulness and Hypnosis. Each presenter comes with a combination of formal training, extensive self-applications and clinical experiences. This presentation will explore the philosophical orientations of the Mindfulness and Ericksonian approaches, and discuss the benefits, limitations and clinical applications of these two strategies.

At the conclusion of this presentation, you will:

      • Be familiar with the development of Mindfulness-based approaches.
      • Identify how Mindfulness approaches can be used to teach effective stress reduction, pain management, depression management and relapse prevention.
      • Have an understanding of the use of hypnosis as integral to Ericksonian approaches.
      • Identify how Ericksonian approaches can be used for problem solving and improving every day living.
      • You will have tools from each modality that can be used to enhance your personal and professional life journey.
      • You will have resources to consult for further training.

Kay Colbert, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in addiction and trauma. She has worked in both non-profit and private settings. She has extensive professional training in Mindfulness interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.

Roxanna Erickson-Klein, PhD is a daughter of Milton Erickson, whose impact on psychotherapy work this entire congress reflects. Roxanna was trained in hypnosis both formally and informally, and her life experiences have been interwoven with practical and every day applications of Ericksonian approaches. Roxanna is licensed and practicing Registered Nurse as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kay and Roxanna work together in clinical settings, and share an office for their private practices in Texas. They have recently co-authored a book Engage the Group: Engage the Brain, which presents a series of group exercises adapted for use with recovery from substance abuse.

Lilian Borges, MA, LPC

Mindfulness and Hypnosis in Action

bzeigIn this presentation, you will learn similarities and differences between Mindfulness and Hypnosis, their use in psychotherapy, and how to integrate them. A case will be discussed and a exercise will be demonstrated.

You will learn:

    •  Experience a combined Mindfulness and Hypnosis session.
    •  Describe 3 ways to amplify Mindfulness with hypnosis.
    •  Describe 3 ways in which MF can be enhanced with hypnotic techniques

Lilian Borges Zeig, MA, LPC, A native of Brazil and a licensed psychotherapist both in Brazil and the US, Lilian calls forth on her background to help multicultural patients. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese. She currently teaches hypnosis and brief therapy around the world, conducting various seminars in countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain, Viena, Canada, Brazil, Italy and Mexico.

Conference Extras And Bonuses

Transcripts and Follow-Up Interviews

After pulling the conference together we (Ryan Nagy and Rob McNeilly) decided to add some bonus materials so that you can get the most from your experience. We created transcripts of the conference presentations as well as follow-up interviews with several our presenters. Ryan will be sharing several full length Feldenkrais sessions related to breathing and sitting in comfort.

Ivan Milton, PhD Follow Up Interview: Putting MF into Practice.

Dr. Michael Yapko, Follow-Up Interview: Contextualizing Hypnosis and Mindfulness practice.


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9 Responses to Home

  1. Lorrie Starr, Ph.D. says:

    The content looks quite interesting. Will there be continuing education credits available? Thanks, I am really glad this is being offered.


  2. bonnie angelie says:

    i wish i could, ryan, bu i’ve just returned from firenze where i did an advanced training with olena nitefor and beatriz waterspiel. it was off the charts…so terrific. and of course i had to enjoy the city and then travel by bullet train to paris for a few days. i give myself a phD in life for travelling successfully solo in foreign countries. i wouldn’t have missed it for the world! but the final result is i’m seriously broke and must live on bread and oil for a few months. sorry to miss this series. pls keep me on your mailing list.
    warmest wishes,

    • ryannagy says:

      Hi Bonnie – Great to see your comment. I have heard great things about Olena and Beatriz´s workshops. Perhaps we will see you in another conference. You live in the U.S. right?

      – Ryan

  3. Is this live and interactive?

  4. RB says:

    Yes, I am interested! And certainly if CEU credit is available for California licensed counselors. The presenters listing looks excellent.

    • ryannagy says:

      Ray – Thanks for the conference. I am confident that we will get the conference approved for CEU’s but I have not yet found a provider. Give me a week and I should have someone.


  5. I have noticed that Mindfulness is on the Mind of many Psychologists. They should embrace this new book, and hope you will share this.

    Inna Khazan, PhD Clinical Psychologist Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School book:
    “The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide for Training and Practice with Mindfulness”
    A practical guide to the clinical use of biofeedback, integrating powerful mindfulness techniques.
    * A definitive desk reference for the use of peripheral biofeedback techniques in psychotherapeutic settings, backed by a wealth of clinical research
    * Introduces mindfulness and acceptance techniques and shows how these methods can be incorporated into biofeedback practice
    * Step-by-step instructions provide everything a clinician needs to integrate biofeedback and mindfulness including protocols, exemplar logs for tracking symptoms, and sample scripts for mindfulness exercises
    * Includes scientifically robust treatment protocols for a range of common problems including headaches, hypertension and chronic pain

    Inna will teach at the Biofeedback Federation of Europe in Venice in February a 2-day Workshop: Mindfulness and Acceptance Approach to Biofeedback
    Invited Talk: Meditation and Biofeedback: Combining Eastern Traditions with Western Gadgets

    Take note that I am neither a beneficiary of Harvard Medical School nor Wiley Publishers

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