Hi Ron,

 

Pete Bloom here. Remember me? I just began writing an article for my regular column for the N. Va. Academy of Clinical Psychologists newsletter. The current article is about what leads to experience sticking with us, and I was thinking of what has stuck with me personally and professionally in all of the training I've done over the years. Your training, was it over 20 years ago, came instantly to mind. I think that what I learned with you has influenced my work with patients more than, or as much as, any other approach to helping people. Rapport skills, (many of them), reframing, ecological checking, well-formed outcomes, future pacing, "my friend John" stories, security anchors, and more, always used in ethical, respectful ways,  are always with me and what a difference they've made to my experience with and my  approach to therapy.

 

Plus, I sometimes share the story of how I overcame my fear of flying and going up and down in high-rise elevators. It goes like this: My hypnosis training took place on the 16th floor of a high-rise building. There was no phone up there, and we, the students, had no cell phones back then, so I'd have to take the elevator 16 floors up and down to check for messages at my office. It was a nervous experience for me. During one class, the Ron, instructor, asked if anyone had a phobia they'd like to work on. I raised my hand. I described my experience with white knuckled plane flights and also with elevator rides, especially more than 10 floors or so, as during the trainings in this high-rise. The Ron asked me to vividly visualize being in that elevator. I did and raised my hand when I was experiencing it fully, including any feeling that were starting to occur. At that point, the instructor, loudly sang out with circus music "Ya da da da da da da dah!" I cracked up laughing. We did it again and again, until I anchored that experience, of being in the elevator and hearing that happy circus music and as I did, the fearful reaction to heights was beginning to fade. Then, later that morning, we had a coffee break and I and a bunch of fellow students got into the elevator to go down to the lobby to make calls, etc. As we began to descend, the whole group broke into circus music, "Ya da da da da da da da da da da da dah!". We all cracked up and the light-hearted reaction to elevators was even more firmly anchored.  Back in the class we generalized the circus music reaction to turbulent airplane rides and other similar situations. It has stuck with me over these many years.

 

So Ron, I am very grateful to you for your excellent way of teaching the Ericksonian Hypnosis, Brief Psychotherapy and NLP methods, and for your insights concerning these approaches, mixed with your own creative ideas for helping people, for easing suffering and for sharing so many useful ways to change our behavior.

 

My appreciation to you for your excellent training, expressed many years ago, which I see is still on your pamphlets and website, is still true and more appreciated now when I consider the many years over which I have benefitted from what you offered me.  

 

                                                                                                                     Peter Bloom, Ph.D.

 

 

I am so pleased to come away from this workshop with a real skill that I can practice immediately.  I appreciated the length of time to practice skills in dyads and the use of the unique learning circle.

            

                                                                                                              Debra Bellefontaine, M.S.

 

A highly professional presentation---adequate time for hands-on practice to assist with the integration of a useful variety of new material.  Fun and enjoyable.

 

                                                                                                                          M. Cann, M.A.

 

This program was highly stimulating and thought provoking.  As a psychiatrist it gives me yet another perspective on the workings of the human mind and many alternative non-chemical methods to alter human behavior.  Also liked the opportunity to share problems and experiences with colleagues in different mental health professions.

 

                                                                                                        Dr. J.A.C. Gojer, Psychiatrist

 

The training was the most intense and detailed workshop I have ever attended. History and theory were minimal. The practical methodology was what I was looking for and that’s what I got. With the practice and supervision provided during the program, I have a framework with which to immediately do a better job as a therapist.

 

                                                                                                                       Denton Kurtz, M.Ed.

 

In all my years of education this was the most useful and thorough training I have received.  The training is insightful, challenging, and taught with the integrity of the client as a primary value.

 

                                                                                                                         Pat Lamb, M.S.W.

 

Comprehensive, stimulating and growth-enhancing in both a personal and professional sense.  The training left me with a clearer recognition that the possibilities for interacting therapeutically are indeed endless.  It affirmed the feeling I have had that art and science can be elegantly integrated.

                                                                                                                    Michael D. Lukens, Ph.D.

 

This was the best training program of its nature I have attended.  It was an exciting experience and an excellent opportunity to actually gain specific skills to take back to the therapeutic situation.                     

                                                                                                                       Nancy Keogh, Ph.D.

 

This program exceeded my high expectations.  Ron Klein provides a combination of truly disciplined collaborative orientation and very effective methods for doing therapy-and a sense of spontaneity and joy in the therapeutic work.  I am emerging, from just this exposure to hypnotherapy, with a sense of a marvelous array of tools available to me.  After many years as a therapist, I thank you Ron, for a refreshed perception of what I can do and be.

                                                                                                                            Hadassa Wisch, M.S.W.

 

The training opened new door which I have never knocked on before - what a vision!  

                                                                                                                   Marge Zimmerman, M.S.W.

 

 

After 35-plus years in private practice and many, many workshops and seminars this program was by far one the most challenging, provocative and rewarding I have ever attended.

                                                                                                                          John Wortley, Ph.D.

 

Mr. Klein is not only a master hypnotist, but he has also mastered the art of teaching-facilitating learning.

                                                                                                                          Marcus Mottley, CAC

 

I began the seminar with the belief that Doctor Milton Erickson was a mystifying presence.  I concluded the seminar with clarity, understanding and respect for the tools that Dr. Erickson so wonderfully utilized.  I now know that the magic Dr. Milton Erickson worked can be duplicated as a result of the powerful learning offered by Ron Klein and his dedicated, caring approach and his thorough understand of those tools.           

                                                                                                                     Fran James Vita, M.Ed.

 

Ron,

This was really a premiere experience for me...the quality and richness of your Ericksonian training seminar is something about which you should feel very proud.

                                                                                                                                    Ed Boris, Ph.D.   

 

Everything presented in the training program will be valuable to me in my life and in my profession.  Ron, the most valuable was experiencing you!  Your methods of teaching, your commitment to excellence, your genuine concern for people--in other words, you made this one of the most valuable learning experiences of my life. 

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                              Charles D. Blankenship, M.A.

 

Ron,

I have been to many training experiences and worked with many teachers in the past.  The hypnosis training has been the very best in my experience for two reasons: 1) You know how to teach; and, 2) the material presented is immediately usable in my practice.     

                                                                                                                          Kevin J. Kelley, M.A.

 

The program is excellent: like a great meal, you walk away full and can’t wait to go back for another.

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                    Gordon Stickland, M.P.H.

 

I believe that I learned more useful information and techniques in this 8-day training program than I did in any graduate level course or in any other seminar I have ever attended.            

                                                                                                                            Richard C. Boris, M.A.

 

This training has been a tremendous experience for me.  It has completely altered my perception of how I care for people.  I’m reminded of “Thoreau Castles” in the air--this training puts the foundations under them.  

                                                                                                                     Vanella Crawford, M.S.W.

 

This was the best workshop I have attended.  I learned much more than I expected.  The skills are very relevant to my work and I am very excited about getting back to work to try the techniques out with my clients.  Thanks Ron!

 

                                                                                                      Silvia Frausin-Murphy,  Psychologist

 

I am most impressed when a seminar adds in some significant way to my overall philosophy as a therapist.  My belief that change takes a long time has radically shifted.  Thank you.            

                                                                                                                      Eileen Stanzione, M.S.W.

 

I wish I had been to this training sooner.  You are truly a caring grown-up one can look up to and learn from.  I thank you!

                                                                                                                      Shirley Sherwood, M.S.W.

 

This program exceeded my high expectations.  Ron Klein provides a combination of truly disciplined collaborative orientation and very effective methods for doing therapy-and a sense of spontaneity and joy in the therapeutic work.  I am emerging, from just this exposure to hypnotherapy, with a sense of a marvelous array of tools available to me.  After many years as a therapist, I thank you Ron, for a refreshed perception of what I can do and be.

            

                                                                                                                           Hadassa Wisch, M.S.W.

 

The training opened new door which I have never knocked on before - what a vision!

            

                                                                                                                    Marge Zimmerman, M.S.W.

 

The best workshop I have attended in terms of organization and presentation.  A good balance of information and experience.  I was pleased with the system of checks on all participants.

                                                                                                                            Paul J. Coyle, Ed.D.

 

 

 

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Magnificent! Directly applicable to therapy and counseling practice.  Impacts one’s own personal life as well. 

                                                                                                                    Georgia Sedwick, M.Ed.

 

I have been to numerous conferences where I felt that I had wasted my time and my money.  This is the most expensive seminar I ‘ve attended.  It was worth every penny and my time!  Thank you.

                         

                                                                                                                       Tom Barrett, M.A.

 

 

Fantastic-provided me with technique that will be quite useful for future clients.  I just wish I would have had these techniques many clients ago!!.  Just wonderful.

            

                                                                                                               Louise Bettermann, M.Ed.

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