Mel Kimura Bucholtz

Stillness Becoming Alive


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Mel has presented at major educational centers since the mid-1980’s, Harvard Medical School, Tufts and Boston Universities and numerous teaching hospitals. (For full list please click here.)

He has also taught at the following learning centers, Naropa University, Esalen and Omega Institutes, the Open Center, NYC and the Gestalt International Study Center. He has more than 30 years of experience as a trainer of physicians and mental health practitioners.

In the 1970's he

  • founded Interface, the first holistic training center in Boston
  • worked in the psychophysiology lab at Harvard University under Dr. David Shapiro
  • was personally trained by Milton Erickson, MD, the foremost practitioner of the 20th century in clinical hypnosis
  • studied Zen meditation in Hokkaido, Japan.

In the 1980's he

  • established and conducted his major clinical counseling practice in Cambridge, MA
  • developed and conducted a professional training program utilizing hypnosis for therapeutic practice.

In the 1990's he

  • was a scholar-in-residence at Esalen Institute
  • worked as a consultant in the 1996 Olympics

In 2002 he began developing  the Tuning Effect© method, which teaches individuals self-hypnosis for rapid trauma relief and for enhancing their self-esteem and performance. His work draws on Ericksonian techniques, which he combines with Gestalt and the Zen perspective.

In support for his work about using and teaching the poetic voice in therapy and education he was awarded a grant from the G. H. Johnson Family Foundation in 2001. In addition, for developing the Tuning Effect© method he was awarded a Recognition Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007.

He maintains an international counseling and training practice from Boulder, Colorado.




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