About the Dave Elman Institute of Hypnosis

Welcome to the Dave Elman Institute of Hypnosis, 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 hypnosis therapist to get help 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 to book a one on one session with our licenced practitioners trained in the methods of Hypnosis pioneer Dave Elman.

Or are you a hypnosis instructor that is looking to attain the latest certifications and training to be able to lead your own hypnosis guidance sessions or education? DEHI can help you actualize your objectives and maximize your success as a licenced hypnotist. We offer many different books, courses, speeches and seminars, all based on the seminal teachings of Dave Elman.

If you have any questions, want to schedule an appointment, or discuss exactly how the Dave Elman Institute of Hypnosis 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 Dave Elman

Hypnosis Pioneer

Dave Elman was born David Kopelman in Park River, ND on May 6th, 1900. Growing up in Fargo, Dave became interested in hypnosis therapy at a young age after witnessing its powerful effects on his ailing father. Stricken ill with cancer, Dave’s father was able to play with him one last time after an induction session by a hypnotist, and that experience left him with a lifelong fascination with the art of hypnosis. 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 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. It was around this time that he changed his last name to Elman in order to fit his name on marquees when he performed.

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 over a decade. He also created and hosted a “War Bond Auction” in order to help the War Effort during the Second World War. 

One day in 1949, he decided to show a close group of doctor friends his rapid hypnosis induction techniques, and the instruction was such a success that he was soon getting calls from doctors all over the country that wanted to learn his techniques. He started to travel the country and teach his highly successful training course, as well as recording dozens of audio courses. 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 courses are now highly regarded as classics in the field of Medical Hypnosis.

Hypnosis Henderson
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About Larry Elman

Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Son of Dave Elman

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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 a career in Hypnosis from an early age, even graduating from his father’s Course in Medical Hypnosis three times! Larry worked as a Stage Hypnotist during high school and college before becoming an engineer for MIT and the Air Force, before eventually retiring from the Service as a United States Air Force Colonel.

After retiring from the Air Force, Larry began to write about his 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 with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Certified Hypnosis Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Certified Master Trainer with IACT
  • 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 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 Counseling Therapist 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 Counseling Hypnotist
  • Certified Master Course Trainer
  • Accredited Goulding SleepTalk Consultant  
  • Mid-America Conference “Educator of the Year” Award Recipient
  • ICBCH “Hypnotist of the Year”
  • IMDHA Annual Conference Instructor
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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.

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.