This chump claims to be the "leading hypnotherapy instructor in the United States." That's about as accurate as his "PhD."
He claims to hold a PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy from American State University. Folks who follow our blog know to look at our degree mill resource guide here: http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2012/11/known-diploma-mills-resource-guide.html
A very interesting blog post that another blogger wrote about Seedman:
Today, I saw a tiny ad in the back of Natural Health magazine for
"Albert University", offering doctoral degrees in hypnotherapy and
The President of this fine institution, "Dr." Barry Seedman, "earned"
his degree from American State U, one of the worst diploma mills, and
one of the very few to be shut down by Hawaii authorities.
"Dr." Seedman modestly reports that he has won "almost every major award
in his field", and goes on to list awards by a bunch of organizations
I've never heard of, but no awards from any of the legitimate
hypnotherapy groups. Big surprise.
The school offers mail-order Ph.D degrees, which are described as
"Technical degrees, similar to Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of
Chiropractic, and not academic degrees". (!)
Apparently, for the hypnotherapy degree, one submits one's trance
inductions on a cassette tape for review. And it's a little frightening
that they offer courses that clearly fall in the realm of things that
only a licensed psychotherapist should be doing. Not cool.
Oh... and there's almost a full page of accreditation apologia -- the standard stuff, probably ripped from ASU
's site. The school claims to be accredited by the probably nonexistent
and almost certainly fraudulent Government Accrediting Association of
And when you download the PDF application to the school, we find that
it's campus is (surprise!) a PMB address which turns out to also belong
to "JW Doan Hypnotherapy."
(That's a new one... a combination Mailboxes Etc and hypnotherapy service...)
However, you are supposed to send your application and $500 fee to the
"Eastern office" which, conveniently, is in New York, where "Dr."
I was hoping that this was one of those well-meaning but clueless
holistic folks, but I don't think so. The $6000 fee, and very
misleading statements on the value of the degree and the fraudulent
accreditation make it pretty clear that the guy is out to scam people.
The amazing thing is that anyone is actually dumb enough to sign up for a program like this.