Joe is a Clinical Hypnotherapist Certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE), the International Hypnosis Association (IHA), and the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH). He is also a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist registered with the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (NATH), a Regression/Past Life Practitioner Certified by the International Association of Regression Research and Therapies (IARRT), and a Clinical Hypnotherapist Specializing in Alchemical Hypnotherapy certified by the Alchemy Institute of Hypnosis.
He studied hypnotherapy with Randal Churchill, Marleen Mulder, and Ormond McGill at the Hypnotherapy Training Center of Northern California. Then he went on to study Medical Support Hypnosis, Past-Life Regression Therapy and Natal Regression Therapy with Tim and Heather Simmerman at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He augmented these certifications with two others offered by Anne Drucker, CCHt., one in Spirit Releasement Therapy and the other in Cellular Release Hypnotherapy (TM), from the Colorado Coaching and Hypnotherapy Training Institute. He was trained also in Somatics in Hypnotherapy by Greg Freedman, M.D. at the Denver School of Hypnotherapy, and in Somatic Healing I, Emotional Clearing, Advanced Past-Life Regression, Conference Room, and Addictions and Phobias by internationally known Alchemical Hypnotherapist David Quigley in Santa Rosa, CA. In addition, he completed training in Regression Hypnotherapy (Levels I and II), conducted by world-renowned regression hypnotherapist, Dolores Cannon. Moreover, NATH certified Joe in Michael Newton’s Process of Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy.
He was certified as a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in Santa Fe by NLP Trainer Patrick Singleton, CCHt. and has completed Level II of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) taught by EFT trainer Jane Buckman. Moreover, to further enhance his transpersonal/spiritual counseling practice, Joe completed Christen McCormack’s 3-Year Program in the Spirit School of the Intuitive Arts; is an advanced student in Michael Harner’s Method of Shamanic Training; was certified as an Angel Alignment Practitioner by Candy Danzis, a protege of Doreen Virtue; completed Level III (Whizard Training) of Dr. Richard Bartlett’s training in Matrix Energetics; and was certified in Reiki II by Candy Danzis, RMT, at the Haven Reiki Center in Pennsylvania. Joe has also studied the Actor’s Process, Movement, and the Alexander Method at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. to learn more about embodying various dimensions of the soul.
Joe is also working as a Reconnective Healing Practitioner, doing Reconnective Healing and The Reconnection.
Furthermore, Joe is an interfaith minister ordained by Universal Ministries.
In his hypnotherapeutic work with individuals, couples and groups, Joe meets clients where they are currently focused, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Listening to the client’s conscious concerns, he is also tuned in to the voice of the subconscious manifested in body language, physical symptoms, tone of voice, language choice and pattern and in other ways usually unnoticed by the conscious mind. With this information and other data gleaned from the client’s history, Joe tailors a combination of techniques to help the client expand his or her awareness of himself/herself and engage the inner and outer resources needed to change his or her behavior for the better.
As a former traditional therapist, group psychotherapist and Gestalt therapist for over twenty years, Joe left that thriving practice permanently to focus exclusively on hypnotherapy and spiritual coaching work. For many years he was also a workshop leader on a vast variety of topics, including, but not limited to, various therapy issues, gender reconciliation, men’s work, Jungian archetypes, art therapy, and poetry therapy. Moreover, he has taught literature, group dynamics, art therapy, poetry therapy and couple therapy at various universities in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., as well as at the Smithsonian and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Currently, besides his hypnotherapeutic and spiritual consulting practice, Joe is a national business consultant, executive coach, NLP Practitioner, teacher, and trainer on such topics as group dynamics, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, negotiation skills, conflict resolution, leadership development, creativity, and storytelling. In addition, Joe is a former university professor of American Literature and English Poetry. He has published many articles in popular and professional venues on literature, social work, leadership, and men’s work. He is also the author of The Berryman Gestalt: Therapeutic Strategies in the Poetry of John Berryman published by Garland.
For over nine years, he combined his literary background with his clinical work and other interests to facilitate RoundTable Theatre (RTT), an improvisational modality designed to help individuals and groups find and dramatize new possibilities of thinking, feeling and behaving. Now, RTT is used exclusively in a business context for corporate problem-solving, team-building and change management. Joe’s newest creation is HypnoDrama, the combining of hypnosis and improvisation for spiritual development. Co-facilitating RTT for Business and HypnoDrama is Joe’s wife, Dr. Liz Berney, an organizational consultant, who also works with Joe in organizational development and training venues.
Joe received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University (where he received special recognition for his teaching), a Master’s in Organization Development (M.S.O.D.) from the American University/National Training Lab, an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work (with a 4.0 average) from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and a B.A. with honors in English and History from Providence College.