SPEAKER PACKET FOR DONALD PELLES, PH.D, Hypnotherapist, Speaker, Author

Donald Pelles, Ph.D.

Donald Pelles, Ph.D. has provided hypnotherapy services to the greater Washington, DC, area and beyond since 2007. He guides and enables his clients to resolve difficult issues in their lives that they no longer want to settle for, including excess weight, smoking, pain, grief, and anxiety.


Donald’s talks are dynamic and informal as well as interactive, providing his those listeners wish to participate with a brief hypnotic experience. The question-and-answer time that follows is lively and stimulating. Times range from 20 minutes to longer presentations suitable for workshops or conferences.

Hypnosis and Weight Loss book

Dr. Pelles’ book, Hypnosis and Weight Loss, contains original articles as they have appeared over 8 years in the Hypnosis Silver Spring Newsletter. Included is “The Zone,” a blend of self-hypnosis and meditation, articles explaining and demonstrating hypnosis, the notorious “How to Get Girls With Hypnosis” (not what you think!) and in the Weight section, tips for handling restaurants, holidays, and vacations.

Talks and Presentations

Don’t Settle! Stop settling for things in your life that make you unhappy: excess weight, habits, addictions, insomnia, anxiety, anger, pain, or being “stuck.” You have to go beyond logic and beating yourself up, to transform on the emotional, unconscious level.


Control Your Stress! Imagine yourself serene, calm, and at ease, a smile on your lips.  This is how participants will feel at the end of one of my Stress Relief talks.


Weight Loss: It’s not just about losing x number of pounds – you must change your relationship with food and yourself in order to become slim, fit, and healthy for good.


Self-Hypnosis/Meditation and Wholeness: Brief mental practices that will transform your perspective and put you on a path to equanimity and serenity.


Get Unstuck! Imagine being totally free of everything and anything that is limiting you and holding you back.  This talk is about reprogramming yourself for a happier, healthier, and more effective life.


Use Your Brain, Control Your Pain: “Mind tricks” you can use to reduce and/or eliminate pain. All pain is in your head. Really.


The Rotary Cub of Columbia extends  its gratitude to you for your engaging, informative, expert and enthusiastic presentation at its meeting. The members appreciated the discussion which you handled with amazing ease and rapport.


Donald Pelles, Ph.D., Certified Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy is Dr. Pelles' third career. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College with a B. A. degree in Mathematics and earned his M.A. and Ph. D. in Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He served 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 four decades of creative problem-solving, to that ancient and most important piece of hardware, the human mind. A lifelong learner and exemplar of excellence, he continues to expand his skills and competence through numerous trainings in specific aspects of hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistics (NLP).


Dr. Donald is married to Rosalyn Pelles. They have four grown sons and four grandchildren. He sings in a local chorus and plays tennis whenever he can.