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Dr. Fredrick Woodard began his study of hypnosis as an undergraduate student reading about and experimenting with hypnosis. He went on to two lay hypnotist organizations where he received a Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH) from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy at Santa Ana, California in 1992, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Hypnotherapy from American Pacific University at Hawaii in 2003. He received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Fresno, California, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited school, in 2002. He also attained three Masters in different areas of psychology from the University of West Georgia at Carrollton Georgia; American International College at Springfield, Massachusetts, and California School of Professional Psychology, respectively. He trained in hypnosis at the Milton Erickson Institute in Arizona and has also done extensive training in clinical hypnotherapy during training in psychotherapy. Dr. Woodard is a great grandson of Chief Madockawando, the Grand Sachem of the Abernaki Nation of Acadia and Maine, from the 1690’s, and of Revolutionary Soldier Captain Amos Woodard of Pittsford, Vermont. Dr. Woodard’s great grandmother Susanna Capen was the great grandmother of Ulysses S. Grant who was the 18th President of the United States of America. Just as these and other ancestors fought for individual freedoms and rights, Dr. Woodard emphasizes freedom of thought in his writings as he addresses subjective experiences, spiritual experiences, and altered states. Dr. Woodard was not satisfied with general psychological explanations of hypnosis in the literature, as they did not completely reflect his own personal and clinical experience. He began to formulate his own theory of Perceptual Hypnosis and published his first journal article, “Hypnosis and Phenomenological Perceptual Psychology” in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in March 1996. His theory was further developed in his doctoral dissertation in 2001. He followed the publication of his dissertation with a series of articles in Psychological Reports (2003 through 2012) that described in detail his theoretical approach to perceptual awareness, spirituality, and hypnosis. His private practice in clinical hypnotherapy and psychotherapy is located in Milford, New Hampshire. He has been a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist since 1991 and a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy since 1992. He is also a full member of the American Psychological Association and the New Hampshire and New England Psychological Associations. He is also a full member of Division 30 APA - Psychological Hypnosis, Society for Scientific Exploration, DBHRT - New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, and American Canadian Genealogical Society. It was while working with patients over the years with stress and pain management, depression and anxiety, and other psychological maladjustments that he discovered the real benefits and potential of hypnosis and especially self-hypnosis. He has also used this process with well adjusted individuals seeking to explore and expand their human potential and achieve self-growth.
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