AWHC has really helped me get back on track. I used to be stressed out constantly and always felt tired and sluggish. However, hypnosis has given me a new energy and has recharged my passion for life. Nearly all of the stresses and problems that used to bother me are gone. I am more focused, happier and sleep much better. Hypnosis has really helped rebuild my career and my entire life.

Alpharetta, GA.

Insomnia, Pre-Diabetes, Weight & Anxiety

“I knew nothing about hypnotherapy”, so before scheduling an appointment with AWHC I did some research on-line to get opinions of hypnotherapy from highly respected professionals in the health field. All the ones I checked were in favor of hypnotherapy. With that assurance I scheduled an appointment. My reasons for going to a hypnotherapist, insomnia, pre-diabetes (weight control and exercise) and anxiety, all could have been treated with medication and often are. That was something I did not want to do without at least giving hypnotherapy a try.

My sessions were with Laura LaRain. I cannot say enough about her professionalism, insight and demeanor. Results were immediate with the insomnia and diet while the anxiety took a little longer. But now I’m free and very happy with the results of my time with Laura. I feel happier and healthier than I have felt in many years and am so grateful not to be on any medications.

Thank you!

P. O.
Atlanta, GA.

Weight & Nail Biting

I came to Atlanta West Hypnotherapy Clinic for help. I needed to lose weight and stop biting my nails. Currently, I have lost 20lbs and only occasionally bite my nails. This has helped me. My co-workers are watching my progress and getting as excited as myself. I have other areas to work on now for myself and will be back at AWHC to get the job done.

S. B.
Marietta, GA.

Daniel’s Story

Our son, Daniel, is a 31-year-old man with Down’s syndrome. He graduated from High School in 1994 with a Special Education diploma. Since then, he has been employed by a cafeteria as a bus boy, and most recently as a front-end clerk at a local grocery chain. Daniel was always a very outgoing, social, happy and well adjusted young man, who enjoyed life. He was a pleasure to be around and brought much joy to our family. He had an active life. He is a first degree black belt, bowls weekly, participates in Special Olympics and belongs to a local social club for mentally challenged people. He has a brother who is four years younger and is an Airline Pilot; they have always gotten along with each other great. His father is an attorney and his mother a Registered Nurse.

One day in March 2000, all our lives changed. Daniel had what was called a psychotic episode. He became extremely paranoid, depressed, thought he was turning into a werewolf, and afraid that there were people out there trying to kill him and his family. No one can tell us why this happened. After thorough medical evaluation no physiological reason could be found to explain Daniel’s dramatic turn. Daniel was then evaluated by a psychiatrist who prescribed antidepressant and anti-psychotic medication.

It was a challenge to find professionals, who had any experience in dealing with mentally challenged people. We saw several therapists with many different ideas. We even tried “tough love”, as suggested by a licensed psychologist, but not to the extent he wanted us to. Looking back, we feel it did more harm than good in trying to resolve Daniel’s problems. One therapist even told us Daniel’s condition was just teenage rebellion, his psychiatrist did not agree. Over the next seven months Daniel’ condition deteriorated even more. There were days when he would not eat and drank very little. We could not even give him his Glaucoma eye drops.

Finally, Daniel was admitted to Ridgeview Psychiatric Institute for eleven days. While he was there, we went to visit him. Some days he would not even come out to see us. When we did see him, the almost constant look of panic and fear on his face was heartbreaking. When he was released from Ridgeview, all he did was stay in his bed; we could not even get him to go to church, where he had been a Eucharistic Minister. He was scared to go anywhere and did not know why. We were almost sure he was hearing voices and hallucinating, but he was unable to verbalize this to us. Daniel continued attending therapy (sometimes reluctantly) weekly and he was still on medications. It was a daily challenge just to get him out of bed. Very gradually, we started going to karate and bowling but he would not get out of the car, so we sat in the parking lot. He continued to be scared but did not know why and still had a look of fear and panic on his face.

In the summer of 2001, I stopped by Atlanta West Hypnotherapy Clinic just out of curiosity and desperation. I met Barbara Sands who explained how hypnosis works. I was very impressed with her quiet, soft-spoken manner and could see she really cared. Although she had never worked with mentally challenged people she was willing and said she would get back with me after speaking with her boss. I came away with some hope for the first time in quite awhile. Daniel started seeing her in July and it took three months before he would close his eyes even for a short time. He started to look forward to seeing Barbara weekly and it was his decision to stop seeing his therapist at the Psychiatrist office around November 2001. Daniel was still under the care of his psychiatrist for medications. We saw Daniel start to smile more, talk with his friends and be more willing to go places because of the hypnotherapy sessions.

Now it is 2003 and almost two years since Daniel started seeing Barbara. He now willingly gets dressed to go to karate, bowling, church, and his social club. He once again, is stating to take pride in his appearance and some days, even combs his hair. He smiles more, is getting his sense of humor back, and enjoying life again. These may seem like little things, but believe me it means so much. He has regained his interest in football, baseball, and basketball. He keeps up, by reading sports magazines, and once again, the sports section of the daily newspaper, is his alone. He has taken a job readiness program at Tommy Nobis Center and they are trying to find him employment. For the first time in a long time, he initiates conversations while out in public and even sees things that need to be done. For example, while grocery shopping, he puts the carts back, bags our groceries and straightens cans on the shelves.

Daniel is still on medication; his psychiatrist is gradually decreasing them and wants to get him on as few as possible. There are still times, when he is scared, but they are not as often. Best of all he smiles more and his wonderful special outgoing personality is shining through. Other adults, who have known him for over twenty years, have noticed the difference. Daniel is once again putting a smile on many people’s faces. He still goes to see Barbara and looks forward to it. For Daniel this is a time when she helps him to relax mentally and allows his mind to rest. There is no doubt in our mind that the alternative treatment of hypnotherapy has been the turning point in Daniel’s recovery. Sometimes thinking outside the box of regular medical treatment pays off.

By Alice & Joaquin


“Laura LaRain has an amazing gift which she uses generously to help people overcome their problems. After more than 30 years of drinking, I was able to stop completely, after only a few sessions with Laura.

I have not had a drink for over a year now. She helped me to uncover my inner strength and self-esteem and I feel like I have control over my life again.”

R. H.
Marietta, GA.

Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute – Recommendation

I am a graduate of four 100 hour courses of Dr. LaRain’s school beginning in 2006 and completed in 2009.

The education I received from Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute was a program that taught integrity, integrity, integrity. Integrity involving the ethics of working with clients in a session, the integrity in honoring a client’s confidentiality, and the integrity Laura LaRain promoted in terms of completing course requirements, making up missed sessions, completing exams, and participating in practice sessions, she would not let us work with clients until we completed 400 hours of training under her guidance.

Director Laura LaRain was very strict about learning the material as they presented it and not “going off on our own” with working. She expected us to memorize all parts of the hypnotic session and was very clear that we were to learn the material, based on her 35 years of experience, and not our own creativity.

She was strict about class attendance and insisted we come in and review each taped session we missed as each lesson was built upon the previous lesson.

In my research of schools across the country, I learned that ANHI’s method, of teaching students the ability to recognize communication patterns of their clients for higher success rate, was not commonly taught. I appreciated this approach as it continues to serve me personally, giving me more understanding about my marriage and husband and our communications styles and patterns. I learned more about us in the 2 years of training at ANHI than in 22 years of marriage and I was able to assess myself.

I could recommend ANHI to anyone and am very grateful to have had someone with Dr. Laura’s caliber and decades of experience and wisdom coming from that experience to teach me and guide me to become a successful agent of change for those seeking to work in a hypnotherapeutic setting.

Marietta, GA.