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Biography for Brett S. Cantrell, Rev, AA, CHt, CNLP

Brett is an HMI College of Hypnotherapy Diplomate. He lectures on consciousness, human possibility, mindful meditation, and awareness. He currently lives with the fatal disease of ALS. The disease has slowed dramatically due to the use of Hypnosis, Imagery, NLP, and Mindfulness Meditation and his understanding of consciousness. He lectures entertainingly to all size groups on the nature of consciousness, our minds, and senses, and how important this understanding is to our happiness, our health, and wealth. There is no longer room for hatred. It’s time for us, and the world, to wake up.

Brett started his career adventure at age 17 as a Minister in the United Methodist Church. As one may feel called to the church, one can also feel called otherwise into service. Brett joined the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. After healing the spirit, he felt the need to learn how to heal the body.

Onboard the ship he held sick-call every morning, conducted physical exams, performed laboratory tests, and wrote and filled prescriptions. And out of 3 times in Naval combat, once he was the only medical personnel onboard treating 200 men, earning him the Navy Achievement Medal with a Combat "V" for bravery in combat from the Secretary of the Navy. He accrued 78 Academic Hours in upper and lower levels of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from his Naval Service. He is a 100% Disabled American Veteran due to his service in the military.

In 1999, Brett became a Buddhist Householder, or lay equivalent of a Monk, except he did not take the vow of celibacy or the vow of poverty. He has the privilege of having a wife and children, home, and business. Additionally he has taken the Bodhisattva Vows. And containing a lot of meaning for Brett, he has taken the Medicine Master Buddha Empowerment to heal others. Along this time Brett studied Ayurvedic Medicine with Rev. Losang Jinpa, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and student of Dr. Vasant Lad, a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery.

Brett is currently heading the Methodist Buddhist Church, studying Consciousness and Human Possibility, and understanding our lives in both the sayings of Jesus Christ and Shakyamuni Buddha. Two key points in this understanding are that we no longer recognize black and white, male or female, gay/trans or straight. We only realize ourselves as people, equal with all of our birthrights. Second, is that we honor truth, in our lives, our politics, and our religion. We remember Jesus’ words that “The truth will set you free.”

Brett has totally enjoyed his time with HMI, his studies, and the challenges. He looks toward further work with HMI.

Brett’s Post-Nominal Letters are: RM (Reiki Master), NCM (Navy Commendation Medal), NAMV (Navy Achievement Medal Combat V (Bravery in Combat)), AA (Associate of Arts Sociology), CNLP (Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

Hypnotherapy Specialties

  1. Anxiety
  2. Breathing
  3. Chronic Pain
  4. Creativity
  5. Dreams
  6. Fears
  7. General Practice
  8. Hopelessness
  9. Panic Attacks
  10. Postsurgical
  11. Presurgical
  12. Public Speaking
  13. Self Awareness
  14. Self Control
  15. Self Criticism
  16. Self Hypnosis
  17. Self Mastery
  18. Sexual Problems
  19. Shame
  20. Stress


  • Exploration of Consciousness and Human Possibility
  • Pastor, South Georgia Conference, The United Methodist Church
  • Hospital Corpsman First Class (Surface Warfare), United States Navy
  • Senior Instructor, Master Training Specialist, Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
  • Multi-Purpose Artist interpreting peoples mental images onto paper, fabric, and tattooed skin.


  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy
    Hypnosis Motivation Institute - Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy - 818-758-2700
    Date Started: 05/03/2021 - Date Graduated: 02/06/2022
    Total Hours: 300 - Total Weeks: 52 - Total Years: 1
  • Associates in Arts - Sociology
    Waycross College
    Date Started: 06/01/1980 - Date Graduated: 06/01/1982
  • Hospital Corpsman USN
    Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego, CA
    Date Started: 03/05/1984 - Date Graduated: 07/30/1984
  • Biomedical Photographer
    Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
    Date Started: 01/20/1988 - Date Graduated: 02/02/1989
  • Group Paced Instructor, Master Training Specialist
    Naval Training Center, Dam Neck, VA
    Date Started: 06/29/1991 - Date Graduated: 08/18/1991
  • Master at Arms USN
    Department of Defense Law Enforcement
    Date Started: 07/05/1990 - Date Graduated: 10/06/1990
  • Police Officer (Reserve Corps)
    Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC
    Date Started: 04/06/1993 - Date Graduated: 05/22/1994

Continuing Education from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. How to Give a Dynamic Hypnosis Speech - 05/2022
  2. Hypnosis in History - 06/2021
  3. Introduction to Positive Psychology - 08/2021
  4. Introduction to the Embodied Mind Theory - 09/2021
  5. Mental Bank Seminar - 05/2022
  6. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - 09/2021
  7. Rapid and Instant Inductions - 09/2022
  8. Understanding and Working with Older Patients - 09/2021


  • Certified Master Hypnotist
    American Hypnosis Association - 818-758-2700
    Certification Number: 011738
    Certification Valid To: Jun 16, 2023

Certifications from the American Hypnosis Association

  1. Advanced Handwriting Analysis - 07/2022
  2. Advanced Imagery - 10/2021
  3. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 11/2021
  4. Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - 11/2022
  5. Handwriting Analysis - 07/2022
  6. Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy - 10/2022
  7. Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator - 10/2021


  • Navy Commendation Medal
    Secretary of the Navy - 07/15/1994
  • Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V
    Secretary of the Navy - 10/10/1988

Professional Memberships

  • American Hypnosis Association
    Member Since: 2021
  • Hypnotherapists Union Local 472
    Member Since: 2021
  • Potomac Lodge #5, Free and Accepted Masons
    Member Since: 1991

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hawaiian

Contact Information

Brett S. Cantrell
Valdosta, Georgia 31602, United States