Steven Heller, Ph.D., founder and director of The Heller Institute, had a clinical hypnosis practice since 1969. He was widely in demand as a lecturer and trainer of the Ericksonian method, as well as his own method, Unconscious Restructuring®. Through his seminar program, Clinical Hypnosis: Innovative Techniques® Dr. Heller was one of the first individuals to present what was to become known as “Ericksonian hypnotherapy.” This program was presented throughout the country for several years. As a result he became known as the “trainer of the trainers,” and was given the name “The Wizard.”
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Heller trained members of the helping professions, and conducted in-house training programs for hospital staffs, universities, medical, dental and psychological associations. He was a guest on several radio and television programs. Dr. Heller utilized his methods for surgical procedures, in which general anesthesia could not be used. One dramatic example was the use of Unconscious Restructuring® as the sole anesthesia during a mastectomy. Not only was the patient free from pain during the procedure, she also required no postoperative medication. She was also discharged 36 hours post surgery.
Dr. Heller received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California Western University, where his special area of study was, of course, hypnosis. He was born in Los Angeles in 1939 and died in 1997. He is deeply missed.