Images of michele’s exquisite eye for beauty capture my favorite form of art, realism. From her show at Cocco and Salem, I became enraptured first with her eye on the monstera deliciosa. Then the clitoria. After meditating on this brilliant color spectrum of a blessed holy tree, what captured my imagination as a therapist was the mythology of the trinity of the lignum vitae; flower / green pod / fresh seed, the cycle of birth / growth / death / rebirth. Maiden / mother / crone, all in one image of a holy tree. Lignum vitae, tree of life, who is reported to have healing qualities for those who approach the tree at chest height, and rest themselves in this crook of the tree. The tree is said to diffuse all negativity. The use of its heavy wood during WWII reduced its wild population. Sprouting takes scarification of the shell. (like the rest of us)

I imaged the lignum vitae print framed in different colors to draw out the different aspects of the internal image which has a realism of its own that cannot be refuted by argument, logic or debate. The background is the context within which the foreground is embedded. What is foreground? What is background? What is relevant, what is irrelevant? For an individual to have a strong sense of self, meaning and value, the essential cannot be left in the non-essential category/marginalized and the non-essential cannot be centralized. The lignum vitae image was a fine gestalt to play with as a teaching tool in how the frame of reference we give to the emergent realism of living allows us to form mood, ideas, and inevitably behavior. I spent an hour with the framer looking at the different aspects, selecting the green frame in the center as my first reframe.

Once the reframe was hanging beside the original image in contrast with its simple black frame and white matting, two more quickly joined it to become a visual teaching tale in the office. Each of the frames draw the eye to different aspects of this same image. Frame, reframe, reframe again. Different emergent impressions and the options continued to unfold, opportunities/possibilities. This is also how I do therapy. We have a common impression, a shared realism. It is framed in black and white. The facts, just the facts ma'am. Then there is the meaning, the emotional load that we give to the world, or that the world teaches us. Each reframe stretches the imagination to see more specifically or broadly, chunking down into a more detailed data awareness or chunking up into a more connected/holistic data awareness.

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." (Aldous Huxley)

In changing human mood/thought/behavior, we begin with a change of awareness. Mindfulness to self and relational activities results in previously unobserved or ignored feelings/thoughts/behaviors becoming self apparent. This insight orientation ideally unfolds with spontaneous change of decision, or multiple decisions, and then there is a corresponding change of behavior because the eye is seeing clearly, the ear is hearing more accurately, the feelings have been harnessed for positive outcomes, self defined objectives, the aim of the mind can be more concisely targeted, the behavior can achieve the desired outcomes. This is achieved by clear perception and awareness of choices/options/decisions and desired outcomes. That which is perceived is achieved.

The pleasure of observing Michele stalk the yard leads to my own yearning to capture images of her engaged in her work. She has gifted me with a camera, and I must now extend my learning, growth, development and understanding into a digital world.

Hypnosis Classes


These programs were originally provided quarterly to raise funds and recruit members for the Key West Jaycees, a 501 (c) three non-profit corporation consisting of volunteers. The purpose of the Jaycees is to provide leadership training through service to the community.

The programs offered on this website do not offer CEUs, they are intended for personal development and life enrichment.

Use of these programs, the weekly support groups, and individual sessions with educators or students of these programs for the therapeutic purposes require the referral or prescription of a member of the healing arts in the State of Florida.  The services provided are not intended to replace proper medical, psychological, counseling, or psychiatric care.

These programs are education, not anonymous or confidential.

The Backroom Jam Sessions were open to the general public, as were the Friday evenings of each of the quarterly intensives.

A limited number of apprenticeships / work scholarships are available each year.


Affiliated with the hypnosis alliance comprised of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) hypnosisalliance.com


Basic Hypnosis (HYP100)

(Click here for a free download of the Basic Hypnosis Manual)

Hypnotherapy (HYP200)

"To every problem there is already a solution whether you know it or not." - Glenville Kleiser

Advanced Hypnotherapy (HYP301 & HYP302)

Hypoanalysis (HYP400)

Additional Information

Florida law requires that all therapeutic applications for Hypnotherapy be done under the supervision, direction, and prescription of a member of the healing arts (Chapter 485: Hypnosis). A copy of the Florida law regarding the use and practice of hypnosis is available online through Florida Statues.  

If you are seeking hypnosis for therapeutic purposes, make an appointment with your health care provider and obtain a prescription for hypnosis to treat your specific issue before initiating any treatment in these or other hypnosis programs.

If you are planning to study hypnosis for professional use with others, be sure to familiarize yourself and comply with the laws governing the use of hypnosis in your State.  There is no national law, organization, or licensing body governing the use of hypnosis in the United States, the laws vary from State to State.

The programs listed on this website do not provide CEUs, they are intended for personal development, life enrichment, life enrichment, and provide training for the volunteers who provide low cost / no cost hypnosis and hypnotherapy services for residents of Key West and the Florida Keys.

Click here to review the Florida Statues


Type in the keyword "hypnosis" and you will find specific links to:

464.012     Certification of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners; Fees

485.001     Short Title

485.003     Definitions

485.002     Legislative Intent

485.004     When Practice of Hypnosis Prohibited

491.0141   Practice of Hypnosis

490.003     Definitions