About Donald Pelles, PhD, Certified Hypnotherapist

In practice since 2007, Donald Pelles, PhD, provides hypnotherapy services to the greater Washington, DC area. He works with clients worldwide via the internet, Skype, and telephone.


Dr. Pelles is certified by, and member of, IMDHA (the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association). IMDHA requires continuing education credits to maintain certification. Dr. Pelles regularly attends and presents at the annual IMDHA Hypno-Expo. He also presents and teaches workshops at Hypnothoughts Live, an annual conference for hypnotherapists from all over the world.
Hypnotherapy is Dr. Pelles' third career. He brings to this practice a wealth of life experience and wisdom that can come only from wide and varied study.  Dr. Pelles graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College with a B. A. degree in Mathematics and earned his M.A. Ph. D.  in Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He had a successful career as a Mathematics professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before transitioning to a 28-year career in software development. Dr. Pelles brings to hypnotherapy more than three decades of creative problem solving to a new hardware, that of the human consciousness. A life-long  learner and and exemplar of excellence, Dr. Pelles continues to expand his skills and competence through numerous trainings in specific aspects of hypnotherapy.


Some of Dr. Pelles' post-certification trainings include: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), PTSD, Insomnia, Pain Control, and Core Transformation.


Most people think only of the coding side of software development. Donald's strength was in creativity and problem-solving, generating solutions beyond the coding issues; to make software engaging and useful. Those are the skills he brings to hypnotherapy. There is always a solution if you are willing to look at a problem from different angles. Donald is an effective guide in that process.

Donald's fascination with hypnosis began as a child watching a cartoon program. Several other encounters through his life lead him eventually to try it himself. After one session he stopped a longstanding habit of cracking his knuckles. This may seem a minor issue, but it convinced him of the power of hypnosis. He began to study the phenomenon himself, applying the same intellect that had produced his success at Harvard and Berkeley. He earned his basic certification, and has gone on to study a wide variety of techniques and strategies so as to tailor his approach to individual clients.