MARY ELIZABETH (LEACH) RAINES, the Faculty Director of the Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training, lives in Sedona, Arizona. She has been a certified professional instructor and adjunct faculty member for the National Guild of Hypnotists for fifteen years, and has also conducted workshops and seminars for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, International Hypnosis Federation and Mid-America Hypnosis Convention. She is director of Laughing Cherub Unlimited, founder of the Midwest Professional Hypnosis Associates, and was the creator of the inspirational Laughing Cherub Self-improvement CD & MP3 series.
Mary Elizabeth Raines developed and continues to teach the first Guided Imagery Certification course ever offered by the National Guild of Hypnotists at their summer institute, and has taught a number of self-hypnosis, guided imagery, and related classes for assorted venues that include the Continuing Education Department of the University of Wisconsin, Friends' General Conference annual Gatherings, and at the former Bodhi Tree in West Los Angeles.
In addition to Ms. Raines' work with private clients in her clinical hypnotherapy practice in Arizona, she is a dynamic workshop leader and lecturer. She has had advanced training in many adjunctive healing modalities.
Mary Elizabeth Raines has been hypnotizing people since she was 14 years old, and has trained top hypnotists and leaders in the field for over fifteen years. Her formal education was in piano performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, and included independent studies in film at UW-Oshkosh.
Well versed in all areas of hypnosis, in the past she was also a professional stage hypnotist, providing laughter and wholesome entertainment for audiences as Lady Rainey.
A writer, playwright & journalist who has won regional, state and national awards for her work, Ms. Raines is a columnist for The Journal of Hypnotism, an international hypnosis magazine. She has been associate editor of a national hypnosis magazine and is a regular contributor to professional hypnosis publications, which have included the Hypno-Gram, the Hypnotherapy Journal (U.K.), the Link, and publications of the International Medical & Dental Hypnosis Association and the International Hypnosis Federation. Her hypnosis books and articles can be found on Kindle (Amazon.com); additionally, she has contributed chapters to three books about hypnosis, including "Everyday Miracles of Hypnosis," and "The New Consumer's Guide to Hypnosis," published by the National Guild of Hypnotists. According to the National Guild of Hypnotists, Raines is "recognized as one of the leading practitioners of the art and science of hypnotism."
A message to new students from Mary Elizabeth Raines, Director of the Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training