Dr. Daniel L. Araoz, May He Rest in Peace, Rest in Joy

Daniel L. Araoz was not only an accomplished man but also seems to have been immensely well loved and respected, judging by the obituary which announced his passing on Sept. 15, 2022 at the age of 92. I can believe this. All of his written work that I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot!) was infused with kindness, integrity, and a wish for others to experience joy and pleasure, along with some really great “road maps” on how to get there. Dr. Araoz was a therapist/sex therapist, a professor of counseling, and a clinical hypnotist. He was the author of many, many books (thirteen, according to the obituary) and “hundreds” of journal articles (also according to the obituary).

News of his death was a great shock to me. Without ever having met or communicated with him, I have considered him as my unofficial “mentor” (I’ve even said “guru”) in the area of hypnosis for sexual problems after finding one of his books, Hypnosis and Sex Therapy (1982), sometime in 2008 or 2009. The bibliography of my own Ed.D. project on “sexological hypnosis” cited many of his works. The courses I’ve created on sexological hypnosis–ditto. In fact, this week I suddenly began retooling and repurposing the literature search and hypnosis methods portions of my Ed.D. project as a textbook for the most recent incarnation of my Hypnosis for Sex Problems course. This means I have been reading his name, references, and quotes all week long, feeling anew how much there is to appreciate in this man’s work and how lucky I have been to find it. I began doing this on September 19th, just 4 days after his passing, though I had no knowledge of it.

It was only yesterday that I stumbled across his obituary. I was looking up some of the other greats of what I consider the “Golden Age of Hypnosis for Sex Problems” (1970s to mid-1980s) and happened to wonder when Dr. Araoz was born. And that’s when and how I learned of his death.

Though out of print, his book, Hypnosis and Sex Therapy, has always been required reading in my courses. I have created whole slideshow presentations for these courses, where we examine his views on the “New Hypnosis,” sex therapy, and his other ideas and methods. I have also recommended his other books to my students as well, and have had them read what journal articles of his that we can find online. I sincerely hope that he had, somewhere in his circle of intimates and former students, someone who is standing at the ready (or who is already engaged) to write his biography and arrange an understanding and overview of his work, for both lay people and helping professionals.

I believe he was a great man, though I sense that he was a modest one. I think his work should be more widely known to younger therapists, sexologists, and hypnotists. In my mind, he was a pioneer.

I used to wonder, from time to time, if I should ever reach out and let him know how much his work has meant to me and my career, but I was too shy. I did not want to impose. And now there will be no opportunity. So all I can do from afar is wish him well in his journey through the other world. I wish him peace. I wish him joy. And I send (from afar) condolences to all his family and friends.

Announcing Our New Textbook!

The Intimate Hypnosis Training Center is pleased to announce its latest textbook, based partially on Dr. Amy Marsh’s 2011 Ed.D. project but also updated and upgraded for 2022! Contains an extensive catalog of hypnosis methods used for sex problems as well as an extensive bibliography. Available now as a PDF and will be available soon as an eBook on Kindle.

The new textbook for Hypnosis for Sex Problems, included with tuition!

2021 Updates for IHTC

2020 was a difficult year for all, and yet the Intimate Hypnosis Training Center experienced growth, both in number of students but also in launching a new community activist course, Hypnosis for Community Wellness. At the beginning of 2021, we are updating curricula and preparing for another year of offering online hypnosis courses. We also gave the website a new look!

Pre-requisite: 100 hours of hypnosis training and/or certification.

Hypnosis for Sex Problems has a new instructor, Marcos Carvalos from Brazil, a 2020 graduate of HSP. He will be teaching in both English and Portuguese. We are currently translating Hypnosis for Sex Problems into Portuguese and hope to have that done by the end of the year.

2020 graduates also include psychologist and sex therapist, and Desiree Robinson, MSW, ACS. Both graduates are currently in PhD sex therapy programs.

Hypnosis for Sex Problems starts up again on Feb. 15, 2021. UPDATE: Enrollment is now closed for this session.

We had four graduates from our Hypnosis for Community Wellness course in 2020: Kryss Diven (Ann Arbor, MI), Emily Kandagawa (Occupied Hawaiian Kingdom), Nimisha Agarwal (India) and Akshaya Nim (India). We are currently holding supplemental hypnosis practice sessions via Zoom.

In 2021 there will be four scholarships for Hypnosis for Community Wellness. Fall 2021 Course dates TBA, in order to allow plenty of time for revision.

Certification through the National Guild of Hypnotists.

This course is on hold until the pandemic is over as it requires 75 hours of in-person instruction. However you can learn the basics of hypnosis online–a 25 hour course.

If you want information about any of the above, please get in touch.

Ten Activist Scholarships for Hypnosis for Community Health Training

The following text is also found on this page on the website. See the top part of the page for more details about the course.

Ten Scholarships in 2020 – Apply by July 15th

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This is not the first time I’ve given scholarships to hypnosis students, but this year, 2020, I want to award TEN scholarships to celebrate the launch of the new online Hypnosis for Community Health Program, which will start August 1st. This means that we’ll have a great cohort of learners for this program. (This course is $1,500 without a scholarship.)

These scholarships are reserved for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (as a form of reparations); LGBTQIA+ people; people with disabilities; and people who are recent immigrants to the U.S. but who are experiencing discrimination as a result of their ethnicity or religion.

Two of the ten scholarships are reserved for people who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity (also known as TILT and environmental illness).

Participants will earn a certificate of completion when they finish this 150-hour, 15 week course.

Applicants must have at least one year’s experience in community or professional service and/or activism in issues such as:

  • Black Lives Matter and similar organizations;
  • anti-facist organizing;
  • Covid-19 public health/mental health;
  • general health;
  • sexual and reproductive health;
  • HIV/AIDS and other STIs;
  • poverty rights;
  • disability rights;
  • immigration rights;
  • sexworker rights;
  • children’s rights;
  • elders rights;
  • risk and harm reduction programs;
  • chemical addictions programs;
  • community clinics and medics;
  • doula, midwifery, and lactation;
  • food justice;
  • homelessness/houselessness;
  • environmental health and justice;
  • LGBTQIA+ issues and justice;
  • social and racial issues and justice;
  • indigenous issues and justice.

All instruction will be free. In addition to attending the lectures and completing the coursework, you only have to buy one or two books, pay to watch a video series (under $20 or so), have fairly regular access to the internet, and line up a couple of friends or volunteers so you can practice your hypnosis skills in real person. 

Apply for the Scholarships by July 15, 2020

If you would like to schedule an online conversation (via Zoom) as the first step to a scholarship, please send an email to dr.amymarshsexologist@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

  • Your name, address, email address, phone number, and time zone. International students are welcome to apply;
  • Your pronouns;
  • A little about your interests and experiences in any or all of the above issues;
  • Any prior experience or training in hypnosis or another helping profession;
  • What is it that interests you about this course;
  • Your needs, and that of your communities.

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from you!