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Professional Hypnosis Certification – Learn to be a Hypnotist

While cognitive therapies help clients manage problems, the brain responds differently in relaxation than in waking state. Relaxation, guided imagery, or hypnotic processes operate at a different level neurologically to help clients experience life differently at an automatic, visceral level. These processes are empirically based, solution-focused, fast and effective.

I am very excited that you are considering my Professional Hypnosis Certification Course beginning this January, 2024! I’ve taught the class for years, but now, in addition to my private practice, I am training psychiatrists in this same material as Core Faculty for the Graduate Medical Education – Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the William J McCord Adolescent Treatment Facility. This program is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

The course provides up to 50 CEs (including 3 ethics CEs) for professional counselors (and noncontact hours for social workers) and leads to certification as a hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the nation’s oldest and largest professional association of hypnotists.

Early bird tuition is available through December 31, 2023. Registration is $300 and is applied to the tuition for the course. In person space is limited (you can also attend virtually, and there is no limitation on that space).

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (US EST)
Dates: January 25-26, February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, 2025.
Location: Watermark Counseling, 1705 Richland Street, Columbia SC 29201
The course will offer both virtual and in person opportunities. Live participation is limited to the first nine registrants, with unlimited live virtual participation available.
Tuition: Early bird tuition is $2,477 until December 31, 2024 (this may be changed without notice, but will be honored if you register before any change). Full tuition beginning January 1, 2025 is $2,677. Registration is $300, leaving a discounted tuition of $2,177 remaining (If registered by December 31, 2024). A payment plan is available at no interest and with no credit check.


You will be taken to PayPal to complete your registration. If you have questions, would like to pay in another way, or any difficulty registering, please contact me here or email me directly at, text to 803-467-8888 (or call 803-750-2000 – text and email are best).

Please use the button below to register for our 2024 Professional Hypnosis Certification Course. The $300 payment is applied towards your tuition.

The class provides solid information, but focuses on developing the practical skill you need to work with your clients. This is standard of care, solution-focused, and a brief therapy model.

Neurologically this is an especially good process for treating:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Unipolar Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
  • Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders (including physical pain relief and Functional neurological disorder)
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Elimination Disorders
  • Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunctions

A bit more about me: I am presenting the closing keynote address at the UK Hypnosis Convention this November (2023). I’ve been an international speaker on hypnosis since 2013 and I’ve presented keynote addresses at conferences in several countries. I am also an investigator as part of a multidisciplinary team with Clemson University and Prisma Health Upstate in a randomized controlled trial exploring the efficacy of virtual reality assisted guided imagery (VRAGI) in a home setting for pain management in patients with active cancer. I am responsible for the psychological content of the trial, and our protocol was published in the British Medical Journal this past spring. I am also the author of three books. I am a clinical mental health counselor. I’ve been in private practice as a hypnotist for over 20 years, so I bring a good bit of practical experience to the table in this training.

This course is also open to life coaches and members of the public.

Thank you again for considering this!

More feedback on Dr. Mau’s training

Who should take Dr. Mau’s training?
“Honestly anyone who needs to communicate clearly, effectively, and healthily with other humans.”

“I learned more than I could have ever imagined I would.”

“Excellent topic that changed how I understand client progress.”

“All of it. Amazing and ground breaking.”