Hypnosis can help you conquer life's challenges

About Donna Nowak, CH, CRT

I didn’t plan on becoming a hypnotherapist. In fact, for nearly 20 years, my career had been in turnaround management, helping troubled companies and assisting business start-ups. I was happy in the corporate world.

Then in early 1999 out of the clear blue, I had an overwhelming internal calling to study hypnosis. It didn’t make sense to me at that time, but through a variety of interesting life experiences, I’ve learned to heed the inner voice. By April 1999, I was certified as a hypnotherapist, and in January 2000, I opened an office. In 2002, I became certified as a past-life/regression therapist.

In November 2001, I again received intuitive guidance (a sudden message/idea about something I had not even been considering). This time my “directive” was to establish a nonprofit association that would bring together all of the practitioners in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Thus, Mind-Body-Spirit Connected (MBSC) was formed as a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit professional association.

In 2007, a desire to collaborate nationally prompted me to contact the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA). Much to my surprise, by early 2008 I stepped in as their Executive Director/CEO, to guide them through a restructuring and turnaround. This included relocation of offices from Seattle, WA to Cleveland, OH; facilitating the merger of MBSC into the AHMA later that year; and putting my hypnotherapy practice on hold for two years.

In March 2010, I passed the leadership baton to a successor, resumed seeing hypnosis/regression clients, and am now working with a few business clients in addition to managing a major restoration project of a 1916 house in Cleveland Heights.

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

Hypnotherapy and Regression Certification

  • Certified Hypnotherapist
    Eastern Institute of Hypnotherapy, Goshen, VA, 1999
  • Certified Regression Therapist
    The International Board for Regression Therapy, NY, 2002


  • American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists,  Palo Alto, CA (Life Member)
  • National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists, NC
  • The National Guild of Hypnotists, Merrimack, NH
  • Association for Research & Enlightenment, Virginia Beach (Life Member)
  • International Association for Regression Research & Therapies, Riverside, CA (Life Member)
  • American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), Cleveland, OH

Community Service

  • Mentor/Consultant to various nonprofits
  • Renaissance Unity, Board Treasurer

Awards & Recognition

ATHENA Award Finalist
2005 “Inside Business Magazine” (recognition for professional excellence, community service, and assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence)

Member of the Year
2001/02 Cleveland Women’s City Club (WCC)

Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Industry
1992 Turnaround Management Association (TMA)

Account Executive of the Year
1987 United Way

Marketing Person of the Year
1982 Avery Dennison (Fortune 100 Company)

Most Highly Motivated
1970 Perry High School