Don Mottin, DNGH, CMI, OB

Vice President, National Guild of Hypnotists
Director Mottin & Johnson Institute of Hypnosis


Contact Information

Location: St. Louis, MO area
Phone: 800-288-3065

Don Mottin first became interested in hypnosis while stationed in Japan serving in the United States Marine Corps in 1972. After viewing a few demonstrations of hypnosis, Don was skeptical. After all, he was from Missouri, “The Show Me State”. He volunteered for a hypnotic demonstration and was amazed at how much hypnosis differed from his preconceived notions. He discovered that he was not asleep. He did not float about the room. He was not out of control. He was, however, able to create total anesthesia. He could recall events from the age of five, as if they happened yesterday. He was free of all stress and worries. He was hooked and knew what to do with his life. He spent the next year while in Japan studying hypnosis.

When Don returned home to the United States his quest for knowledge continued. He began studying and reading as much as possible on the subject. In 1976, Mottin joined the police department and began refining his hypnotic techniques in the field of criminal investigations. Most people who are involved in a crime only recall how large the gun appeared. With hypnosis, the witness may be regressed back to the time of the crime and is able to recall the event without experiencing any of the emotions. Don was appointed to the Major Case Squad. He has since used hypnosis to help the police with cases involving murder, rape, kidnapping, robberies, burglaries, and other major crimes. By 1980, Mottin found himself working 8 hours a day with the police department and another 8 hours a day with therapeutic hypnosis for smoking, weight loss, and motivation. There was not enough time to do both well. Mottin chose to leave the police department. In August of 1980, Don opened Mottin and Johnson Institute of Hypnosis to concentrate on hypnotherapy and teaching others how to use hypnosis. His original plan was to work three days a week and still make a good living for himself and his family. The plan did not work out. Don had under-estimated the market for his hypnosis services. He was seeing 11 clients a day and many times had a waiting period for an appointment of over a month in advance. Mottin spent the next five years training new hypnotherapists and delivering his hypnosis services to the public.

Over the last 30 years, Don Mottin has gained an international reputation as one of the foremost experts in hypnosis today. Every major hypnosis organization has presented Don with awards for his unique teaching abilities. Don is the only hypnosis instructor in the country that has been named Instructor of the Year by NGH three times. Other awards include: the Rexford L. North Trophy, the President’s Award, Educator of the Year, the prestigious Ormond McGill Award, the Iron Man Of Hypnosis Award, and the Charles Tebbett’s Award just to name a few. Don has also been featured on the cover of the Journal of Hypnotism. Mottin loves teaching hypnosis and he does it very well. Going to Google and typing in Don Mottin will generate hundreds of responses from those who have trained with Don.