About the Dave Elman Institute of Hypnosis

Welcome to the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute, or DEHI for short! You may be asking yourself, “What exactly does DEHI do and how can they help me accomplish my dreams”?

No matter who you are or what you do, DEHI can help you! 

Are you looking to consult with a seasoned hypnotist to assist you with an everyday issue such as quitting smoking, increasing your confidence or helping you manage your stress levels during a hectic day? We can help with that! Contact us today for a consultation with our certified practitioners trained in a variety of methods including those by Hypnosis pioneer Dave Elman.

Are you interested in training to become a Certified Hypnotist? Or are you certified already and looking to further your skills and techniques, and perhaps take one of our NEW 12 week Elman Book Study courses to expand your understanding of the classic Hypnotherapy book? DEHI can help you actualize your objectives and maximize your success by presenting a wide variety of techniques with hours of interactive practice whether in person or live on Zoom. 

Are you already an established hypnosis instructor that is looking to expand your available courses and training? Our flexible DEHI Instructor Training and materials will establish opportunities for you to offer a variety of hypnosis courses and education with signed DEHI certificates. We’re always happy to Zoom into your classroom as a guest.

Through our stores, we offer many different lessons in the form of books, audio & video courses, speeches and seminars, including those based on the seminal teachings of Dave Elman

We are available for live or video speaker appearances for corporations, conferences and professional and private gatherings of all types. We work with businesses of all sizes to improve employee & sales performance as well as team building. 

If you have any questions, want to schedule an appointment, or discuss exactly how the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute can help you achieve your goals, contact us today using the form below or call us at (252) 432-2205 and we will be happy to help you!

About Cheryl Elman

Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute President and Certified Master Trainer

Cheryl Elman is the President and Primary Marketing Force of the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute, committed to Leading Communities Through Hypnosis Education and Personal Empowerment Hypnosis using the Dave Elman Method. In addition, she is a highly respected Certified  Hypnotist, International Speaker and Certified Master Trainer, experienced in both helping Clients overcome their challenges through Hypnosis as well as teaching Instructors the latest in Rapid Induction Methods and Certifications. 

Cheryl began her teaching career as a high school instructor, spending over 30 years in the field of education. This experience has made her uniquely equipped to become a hypnosis trainer and counselor to students all around the world. She has also worked as a Vice President, Trainer and Manager of two companies in New York City for 14 years. Whether she is working with a client during a one-on-one Hypnosis session or teaching a class full of future Hypnotists, she brings humour, energy and creativity to every situation.


  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist· 
  • President and Marketing Director of DEHI (Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute)  
  • Goulding SleepTalk® for Children Consultant and International Trainer       
  • 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from HypnoseKongress, Zurich        
  • 2014 Educator of the Year Award from Mid-America Hypnosis Conference.
  • ICBCH Hypnotist of the Year
  • BS in Elementary Ed and Special Education K-12 from Syracuse University
  • Certified Master Trainer (IACT) International Association of Counselors and Therapists
  • DEHI Certified Hypnosis School Instructor for the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association (IMDHA)
  • Lifetime Honorary Member of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Lifetime Honorary Member of the New Zealand Hypnosis Association
  • Lifetime Honorary Member of the Asociatia Romana De Hipnoza
  • Co-Producer of DEHI Training Products
  • Henderson Optimist Club External VP
  • Henderson Vance Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
  • SOFA/TV (Brazil) Ambassador:   Virtual Conferences
  • Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner
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2014 MAHC Educators of the Year
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About Larry Elman

Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Son of Dave Elman

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Larry Elman Hypnosis

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that could not be any more true in this case! Larry Elman followed in the steps of his father Dave and pursued an interest in Hypnosis from an early age, even graduating from his father’s Course in Medical Hypnosis three times! Larry had some experience as a Stage Hypnotist during middle school, and high school and helped classmates with test anxiety in college at MIT before becoming an Aeronautical Engineer.

After retiring from the Air Force as a Colonel and a career in Computers and college Prof, Larry began to write about quick hypnosis teachings and  travel the country and give lectures about his father’s life, hypnosis career, and The Dave Elman Course in Medical Hypnosis. He has been a presenter for the National Guild of Hypnotists Annual Convention each year since 2009, teaching his father’s induction methods. He has also spoken at the International Hypnosis Federation Conference, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners Conference, IMDHA/IAC and the Virginia Annual Conference, as well as International Conferences in England, Switzerland, Singapore and Australia.


  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist 
  • Certified Hypnosis Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Certified Master Trainer with IACT (international Association of Counselors and Therapists 
  • Certified Instructor of our IMDHA school  (International Medical & Dental Hypnosis Association)
  • Certified Instructor for ICBCH
  • CEO of the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute (DEHI)
  • 2009 Presentation Award from the NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists)  
  • 2011 IHF ANGEL Award (International Hypnosis Federation)  
  • 2013 Humanitarian Award from IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists) 
  • 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from HypnoseKongress, Zurich 
  • 2014 Educator of the Year Award from Mid-America Hypnosis Conference. 
  • DEHI Certified Hypnosis School Instructor for the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association (IMDHA)
  •  Lifetime Honorary Member of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  •  Lifetime Honorary Member of the New Zealand Hypnosis Association
  • Lifetime Honorary Member of the Asociatia Romana De Hipnoza
  • Co-Producer of DEHI Training Products
  • B.S. (S.B.)  in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT
  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Oklahoma
  • Post graduate work in Engineering Sciences from Rensselaer Polytech Institute (RPI)
  • MIT Educational Counselor for 9 counties in NC

About Dave Elman

Hypnosis Pioneer

Dave Elman was born David Kopelman in Park River, North Dakota on May 6th, 1900. Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, Dave became interested in hypnosis at a young age after witnessing its powerful effects on his ailing father. Stricken ill with cancer, Dave’s father Jake was able to play with his children again after a hypnosis pain reduction session by a hypnotist. That experience left Dave with a lifelong fascination with the art of hypnosis and it’s use for medical and health issues. He spent his teens learning as much about hypnotism as he possibly could, and he quickly became able to induce trances in his friends and neighbors.

In 1922, Dave began to perform in the Vaudeville circuit as a comedian, musician and Stage Hypnotist, and was known as “The World’s Youngest and Fastest Hypnotist”. Dave specialized in rapid hypnosis, and the speed of his inductions astounded audiences around the country, as he was often able to achieve a full trance in less than a minute. About this time he began to use Dave Elman as his stage name in order to fit his name on marquees and advertising when he performed. His name was legally changed many years later.

Over the next two decades, Dave became involved in the rapidly booming radio industry, first as a writer, producer, director and performer for CBS and later as creator and host of the enormously popular Hobby Lobby radio show which was on the air for well over a decade. He also created and hosted the radio program “War Bond Auction” (later renamed “Victory Auction”) as part of the War Effort during the Second World War. 

In 1949, he demonstrated his rapid induction methods and knowledge of pain control to a group of physicians who approached him after his hypnosis stage show. As a result, he was asked to provide a course on hypnosis to physicians and dentists. He insisted that he not practice medicine but only teach the techniques of hypnosis. His students often researched further medical applications and these collaborations were added to the course. The Dave Elman Course in Medical Hypnosis was taught to thousands of physicians and dentists.  In 1964, he wrote the widely respected book “Findings in Hypnosis”, which was later republished as HYPNOTHERAPY. Both the book and the series of audio recordings made in the classrooms of his courses are now highly regarded as classics in the field of Medical Hypnosis

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I expect from a session at the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute?
A: Your hypnotist will discuss your goals or any issues you may have. The hypnotist will then explain how you can quickly achieve your desired results with hypnosis.  When you are comfortable with the process, the session will begin. You will be guided into a very deep state of physical relaxation. Although very physically relaxed, you will be extremely alert mentally. You will be aware of everything around you . The hypnotist will then give your subconscious mind suggestions for the changes you desire, allowing you to accomplish goals and eliminate problems.

Q: Can anyone be hypnotized?

A: Yes! Anyone of normal intelligence can be hypnotized. Take our Quiz HERE to see if you are a likely candidate for hypnotic induction!

Q: Can you be hypnotized without your consent?

A: No! Hypnosis is a 100% consent state.

Q: Can a person be made to divulge secrets while in a trace?

A: No! If you would keep a secret in your normal waking state, you would keep that secret in hypnosis.