ASMW Faculty

Need more information?  Contact us at education@asch.net.

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

Opening Plenary Session

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice residing near San Diego. Michael is the author of sixteen books, including the leading hypnosis text, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (5th ed.) as well as The Discriminating Therapist and Mindfulness and Hypnosis.

David Patterson, Ph.D., ABPH

David Patterson, Ph.D., ABPH

Closing Plenary Session

David Patterson, Ph.D., ABPH, is a psychologist from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he has practiced hypnosis and experimental hypnosis for more than 30 years.

 Alta Lenee Cook Braxton, MS

Alta Lenee Cook Braxton, MS

Alta Leneé Cook-Braxton, M.S., RYT believes that all of us have limitless potential through our unique mind-body connection.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Dance, a master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology and is simultaneously pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at another University. 

Afik Faerman

Afik Faerman

Faerman is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at Palo Alto University in California. He completed his clinical training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is finalizing his internship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Akira Otani, EdD, ABPH

Akira Otani, EdD, ABPH

Otani is a psychologist in private practice in Annapolis, Maryland. He was on the graduate faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and senior staff psychologist at the University of Maryland at College Park Counseling Center. 

Christina L. Vair, Ph.D.

Christina L. Vair, Ph.D.

Dr. Christina L. Vair is the Whole Health Director with the Salisbury VA Health Care System in North Carolina and the regional Whole Health Network lead. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in geropsychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Courtney Armstrong, MEd., LPC

Courtney Armstrong, MEd., LPC

Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor and Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy who specializes in resilience-focused treatment for grief and trauma survivors.

David Alter, Ph.D., ABPP, ABPH

David Alter, Ph.D., ABPP, ABPH

Alter is a clinical psychologist with advanced training as a health psychologist and neuropsychologist. His interests, developed over 35 years of clinical practice, involve the intersection of mind, brain, body, and our social nature.

David Gaffney, LCSW

David Gaffney, LCSW

Dave Gaffney, MSW, BCCH, EFT-Adv, has been practicing hypnosis since the 1970s and providing clinical hypnosis for more than 35 years. He currently works as a clinical social worker at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and biofeedback.

Eric Willmarth, Ph.D.

Eric Willmarth, Ph.D.

Willmarth is a clinical psychologist and past president of ASCH, SCEH, and APA Div. 30. He is the chair of the Department of Applied Psychophysiology in the College of Integrative Medicine of Saybrook University. He is very pleased to be joined in this presentation by some of the outstanding students of Saybrook University, each an established professional in their own right. 

Eric Spiegel, Ph.D.

Eric Spiegel, Ph.D.

Spiegel is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia. Dr. Spiegel is a past president and fellow of ASCH and co-author of the book Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, published by the American Psychological Association. 

Eva Szigethy, MD, Ph.D.

Eva Szigethy, MD, Ph.D.

Eva M. Szigethy, MD, Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics, and medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, director of behavioral health within the Chief Medical Officer, and consultant to UPMC Health Plan, Behavioral Unit of Digitally Delivered Interventions (BUDDI).

Gabor Filo, DDS, ABHD

Gabor Filo, DDS, ABHD

Filo graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry in 1984. Since then, he has been an ardent and passionate proponent of dental hypnosis. During the last two decades, he has proselytized to fellow dentists at many of the major North American dental conferences.

Jeff Sugar, MD

Jeff Sugar, MD

Sugar, a child psychiatrist, has used clinical hypnosis with adults and children for more than 30 years in public non-profit, academic, and private settings. He learned hypnosis at UCLA with Jean Holroyd, John Hedenberg, and Joseph Barber, then with Ernest Rossi, child hypnosis with Lonnie Zeltzer, Karen Olness, and Dan Kohen, and hypnosis research methods with Ken Bowers and John Kihlstrom.

Jeffrey Feldman, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Feldman, Ph.D.

Feldman earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University and interned at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. In 1980 he helped found the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.

Jeremiah Pearcey

Jeremiah Pearcey

Jeremiah Pearcey is a Doctor of Cognitive Psychology and military veteran that specializes in stress and stress management, employing hypnosis to help people reduce stress and reconnect spiritually.

John Grahm, MD, Ph.D. Student

John Grahm, MD, Ph.D. Student

John Graham, M.D., D.Min., is a physician and an Episcopal priest. He has completed a fellowship in psychotherapy and is certified in hypnotherapy.  John is President and CEO of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center, in Houston.

John Hall, Ph.D., ABPP

John Hall, Ph.D., ABPP

Hall works as Emeritus LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator and a health psychologist in a whole health pain program with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is one of three subject matter experts in clinical hypnosis for the VHA's national rollout. 

Laurence Sugarman, MD, ABHM

Laurence Sugarman, MD, ABHM

Sugarman is research professor/director at the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation at the Rochester Institute of Technology, clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, and behavioral pediatrician in private practice at the Golisano Autism Center in Rochester, New York.

Linda Thomson, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, ABMH, FASCH

Linda Thomson, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, ABMH, FASCH

Thomson is from Ludlow, Vermont. ASCH, Fellow, Approved Consultant, Member; Clinical Hypnosis Education and Training Committee, Moderator, ASCH Board of Governors, Past President, ASCH; Past President, New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis (NESCH); President, Northeastern Mountain Society of Clinical Hypnosis (NMSCH)

Cheryl Bemel, Ph.D.

Cheryl Bemel, Ph.D.

Health Psychologist, Allina Health, Bandana Square Clinic, St. Paul, Minnesota; Deployable Psychologist, MN Behavioral Health Unit, Medical Reserve Corps (MN BHMRC), Private Practice, St. Paul, MN, Minneapolis Police Dept Child Development Policing Project - Crisis, Responder/911, Past President & Faculty, MSCH, Faculty NPHTI (National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute).

Louis Damis, Ph.D., ABPP

Louis Damis, Ph.D., ABPP

Damis is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Mary Wells, Ph.D.

Wells is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over 30 years in the areas of rehabilitation and pain management. She is currently working as part of an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System to provide services to patients with chronic pain due to a variety of medical conditions. She provides evaluations and psychological treatment for management of chronic pain.

Michael A. Quiñones, Ph.D..

Michael A. Quiñones, Ph.D..

Michael A. Quiñones, PhD is in independent clinical and forensic psychology practice in suburban Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He specializes in treating trauma-related and dissociative disorders, regularly employing hypnotherapy, mindfulnes practices, and other altered states to empower clients to assume an active role in resolving their difficulties, and he has an extensive and sophisticated knowledge base in the biopsychology of traumatization and altered states.

Moshe Torem, MD, ABPN

Moshe Torem, MD, ABPN

Torem is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. He was trained in hypnosis at Columbia University and has been utilizing hypnosis in clinical practice since 1980. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a life fellow and former president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Oksana Sivkovich Fagin, Ph.D.

Oksana Sivkovich Fagin, Ph.D.

Oksana Sivkovich Fagin is a cognitive psychologist: a researcher with an interest in visual perception and hypnosis. She received her doctorate degree from The New School University. She teaches cognitive psychology and research methods at CUNY (New York).

Paul Schenk, Psy.D.

Paul Schenk, Psy.D.

Schenk has been in practice as a clinical psychologist since 1978. An Approved Consultant with ASCH for many years, he is the author of two books and co-author of numerous journal articles that stemmed from his large MMPI-2 outpatient research study back in the 1990s and has written for lay audiences in publications such as Family Circle. Past-life regression therapy has been part of his work since 1987.

Philip Shenefelt, MD, ABMH

Philip Shenefelt, MD, ABMH

Shenefelt is a retired professor of dermatology from the University of South Florida. He is an ASCH fellow, approved consultant, and past president, and holds a deep interest in spiritual and religious influences on the healing of skin disorders and other health issues.

Philip L. Accaria, Ph.D.

Philip L. Accaria, Ph.D.

Dr. Philip L. Accaria has been practicing in the field of mental health since 1976 and has been utilizing clinical hypnosis since 1986. He is a past president of ASCH and past-chair/moderator of the ASCH Board of Governors.

Ran Anbar, MD, FAAP

Ran Anbar, MD, FAAP

Anbar is board certified in both pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics.  He offers pediatric hypnosis and counseling services through Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California. Dr. Anbar is a past president, fellow, and approved consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Richard Hill, MA, MEd, MBMSc

Hill presents internationally on the science of psychotherapy including his specialty: curiosity and possibility and the client-responsive approach. He is co-author with the eminent Ernest Rossi, Ph.D., of The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands and co-author with Matthew Dahlitz of The Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Psychotherapy.

Stephen Lankton, LCSW

Stephen Lankton is a licensed clinical social worker (since 1974). He studied with Milton Erickson from 1975 to 1979. He has been the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis since 2005 and is a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Steven Gold, Ph.D.

Steven Gold, Ph.D.

Gold is professor emeritus with Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology, a past president of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division of Trauma Psychology and of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and editor-in-chief of the APA Handbook of Trauma Psychology.

Terry Terrell, MS, Ph.D., Student

Terry Terrell, MS, Ph.D., Student

For over 20 years, Reverend Terry Terrell has partnered with individuals on their path to healing, health, and wholeness. She is the Director of a faith-based infectious disease clinic in Nashville, Tennessee . Rev. Terrell has supported individuals in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe with her comprehensive holistic health counseling and coaching.

Wendy Lemke

Wendy Lemke

Lemke is an ASCH-certified approved consultant and board member. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is also a fellow and an active member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).

William "Bill" Hayes, LCSW

William "Bill" Hayes, LCSW

Bill is a clinical social worker with the W. G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. He has been with the VA for 17 years, working entirely in the mental health field, ranging in such programs as acute psychiatry, suicide prevention, and outpatient mental health.