Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy


Donald Pelles, Ph.D., Certified Hypnotherapist hypnosis and hypnotherapy Kensington Bethesda Rockville Silver_Spring Potomac


Donald Pelles, Ph.D.

is a Hypnotherapist, an NLP practitioner, and a Spiritual Life Coach.


Donald guides his clients to use their minds in new ways, to resolve their short- and longer-term issues, so they can live fully and don’t have to “settle.”


People settle, for things in their lives they don’t really like, that they feel powerless to change.


I work with both the conscious and unconscious aspects, sometimes indirectly, in ways that engender changes on both of these levels.


I enable and empower my clients to open up to new directions and possibilities, to new ways of feeling, thinking, doing, and being.


Hypnosis is Donald's third career – he began in 2007 after many years as a software developer and, before that, a mathematics professor. Donald utilizes many of the same skills he developed doing technical work, but now with different “hardware,” the human psyche. He has found in this work a life path that is fulfilling in ways that nothing previous had even approached.


Many of Donald’s clients remark on the sense of calm they feel in his presence, his soothing and hypnotic voice, and the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere he has created in his office (and online), all leading to an aura of connection and rapport that enables the resolution of their difficult and long-standing issues.


In addition to what many think of as “standard hypnosis,” Donald also employs techniques of NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming), in particular the powerful paradigms of Core Transformation and Wholeness, which utilize profound altered states and spirituality to engender change and personal growth.


We Can Help

Have you tried almost everything to quit smoking, knowing you should quit, wanting to quit, but just not been able do it?  We can help.  Have you despaired of ever being the slim, trim, fit person you dream of being?  We can help.  Is chronic pain (Fibromyalgia, IBS, or something else) diminishing or ruining your life?  We can help.  Do you have difficulty, or are you unable to drive over bridges, ride in elevators, go to the dentist, or fly in airplanes?  We can help.  Do you sabotage yourself or procrastinate?  Do you know you can be so much more, do so much more – but you feel stuck?  We can help.  Is there a habit you would like to leave behind: biting your fingernails, pulling your hair out, grinding and clenching your teeth?  We can help.  Are you about to have surgery and would you like to minimize the swelling, bruising, bleeding, and pain, healing easily and quickly?  We can help.  Play better golf or tennis?  Yes, we can help with that too.



Some of the issues Donald helps clients resolve are:


"I feel like a big door closed and a new one even bigger opened. And your contribution to this new me has been profound."

– Victoria K.

"I heard about Hypnosis Silver  Spring from a friend who was able to stop smoking after meeting with Dr. Don. My challenge was with anxiety and insomnia stemming from a divorce. This was affecting my ability to overcome simple roadblocks and concentrate on basic tasks at work and in my personal life. Working with Dr. Don was a blessing. He was able to bring back to positive subconscious parts of my personality, and eliminate the negative reactions to triggers. He not only worked with me to correct the anxiety, but also provided me with mental tools and emotional  techniques that I will carry forward for the rest of my life. Very easy to work with and highly recommended."

- Vinny, Washington, DC

my comfortable office, Hypnosis Silver Spring, Kensington, MD
Hypnosis Silver Spring Office

Donald listens attentively to your concerns in his comfortable and relaxed office. He skillfully utilizes hypnosis and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) to empower you and enable you to make the changes you desire. Hypnotherapy is a highly effective and efficient way to help you feel better and make lasting changes.

"I’ve never been hypnotized before and came in for a completely different issue. But Don realized my state and taught me techniques for mastering my power self and dealing with difficult situations in my life. This literally changed my life."

– Alex

"I gained some valuable insights into my thought patterns and how to overcome some thinking habits that cause me unnecessary stress.  I also found the exercises to be very useful in steering me toward a more joyful and positive outlook toward life."

- J, Rockville, MD