Carly and Dr. Newton

Hypnotherapy Training Institute 2007

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Carly Ptak, CHt

Hypnotherapy Training

In 2007 I received my Master Hypnotist and Hypnotherapy certification through the Hypnotherapy Training Institute (HTI) in California. HTI was founded in 1978 as the first state certified and licensed hypnotherapy program in the country. HTI is located California, which, unlike most other states including Maryland, has a minimum number of hours of training to receive certification. I was thoroughly trained in the techniques of Regression, Dreamwork, and Parts Therapy by Randall Churchill and Marleen Mulder, both highly respected hypnotherapists. During my training I also learned how to make effective change responsibly using tools beyond hypnosis such as Gestalt techniques, Psychosynthesis and EFT.

I am certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (A.C.H.E.) which is the only major Hypnosis Certification organization in the US to require it's schools to have the necessary state licensing.

I am also certified by The Newton Institute to facilitate the unique Life Between Lives Spiritual Regression process. Michael Newton was actually at the training and took part in the lectures giving us insight into his years of experience. LBL is a unique process that very few hypnotherapists are trained for, and I am honored to be able to offer these sessions.


I received a degree in Pscyhology and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan in 1996. During my time at U of M I was very inspired to be a therapist but was always waiting for my classes to get to "the good stuff." Sadly it felt like that never happened; most classes focused on analyzing separate parts of a person rather than learning how to create a sense of wholeness. I became disillusioned with the field of psychology and the treatment paradigms it encompassed. Upon graduation I decided to hold off on graduate school and to follow my heart as an artist and musician.

Since then I have spent many years travelling the world and exchanging ideas with a vibrant community of forward thinking people. As I developed my own expression I became more and more interested in transporting myself and the audience into a trance state provoking change. I found mentors such as Duncan Laurie and Tao Semko who taught me about subtle energies and the responsibilities involved in applying these learnings in everyday life. I also discovered Qi Gong as personal practice helping me to develop discipline and patience. After years of performing I recognized hypnosis as a tool that encompassed many of the ideas I was already involved with as well as providing a more direct relationship with motivated people. I felt that I finally found the imaginative and effective therapy that I had dreamed of since I was young. Becoming a hypnotherapist was the natural next step in my genesis as both an artist and a person motivated to help others explore their own reality.