A psychotherapist and mental skills coach, Mr. Smith was first introduced to performance enhancement techniques including self-hypnosis as a graduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more than 27 years, in addition to establishing a thriving private practice, Mr. Smith has been a proponent and teacher of these effective and easy to learn methodologies.
Now, he teaches these techniques at seminars throughout the United States to a wide range of audiences. A nationally certified approved consultant in clinical hypnosis, he has trained thousands of health care professionals in the use of hypnosis to enhance personal performance.
His seminars focus on the same mental preparation techniques that he has employed in his successful professional career as well as his amateur racquetball career where he is consistently ranked #1 in the world in his age group. He also believes that these same mental strength exercises were critical to his survival of a rare and deadly form of leukemia which he was diagnosed in 1999. He endured seven months of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments and has been in remission for 6 years.
Mr. Smith is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland, holding diplomat status with American Psychotherapy Association, American Society of Sports Counseling and Psychology, and the National Association of Social Workers. In 2003, Mr. Smith was honored as a Fellow by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in recognition of his contributions to the practice of hypnosis. He has received the distinguished honor of serving on the faculty of the American Society of Clinical hypnosis, the Society of Clinical and Experimental hypnosis and the International Society of Hypnosis. He is particularly known for teaching workshops to other licensed professionals on how hypnosis is utilized as a tool for enhancing sports performance.
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