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Ventura County Hypnotherapy CD / Bunny Vreeland / Unmasking the truth - finding a scam!

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I have noticed that her name has been showing up online. I did buy her product and reviewed it. It did not give much value, but
this in itself would not hurt anyone except to con people out of people 60 bucks.

Steve K.D. Eichel,who is considered by many in cleaning up fakes and frauds in this field gives the following advice when buying a CD on weight loss, smoking etc.

Use ".. HypnosisNetwork.com is one such network. A good "quality control" check on a publisher is to review their website, paying particular attention to the qualifications of the people associated with it. Be wary of websites that employ obvious "hype" language (see below) and dubious claims. Check how they reference their claims.."

Sadly Steve K.D. Eichel, in order to expose slipshod credentialing organizations, got his cat a Ph.D and proceeded to have it board-certified to practice hypnotherapy. Many of these credentials ARE OR similar to Dr. Bunny Vreeland's own that she has claimed proudly on on her website.

http://web.archive.org/web/20021113085937/http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/oct25cred.html

Scam #2: Certified Hypnotherapists

A Certified Hypnotherapist is really a misnomer. Most states do not even have licensing in hypnotherapy - this is why the importance of the therapist being licensed in another regulated therapy is paramount. A "CHT" may be certified and claim to have received 200 or more hours of training from an institution (roughly 5 weeks of full time work), but licensed health care professionals typically have seven to nine years of university coursework, plus additional supervised training in internship and residency programs. Their hypnosis training is in addition to their medical, psychological, dental or social work training.

Scam #3: Hypnotherapists with Questionable Educations
There are many "institutions" that provide students with PhDs, MAs, etc. that may be registered as a school in their state, but that are not accredited by any governing body in regards to what standards their graduates must meet to be licensed mental health professionals. While this might be acceptable for many trades, medical and mental health professions need strict regulation to ensure the quality of care you are receiving!

http://www.hypnosisnetwork.com/articles/a/20/What-Are-Common-Hypnosis-Scams

At the very least She needs to put a disclaimer, so people know truly what training she really has had and not mislead people including the newspaper she appears in as an expert giving what appears medical advice.

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  • Bu
      16th of May, 2007
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    You are correct in your statement that Hypnotherapists are not licensed in California. As of now, there are no policies to license Hypnotherapists. I am certified and registered by a number of alternative colleges and organizations, including the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana. I attended Ventura College with honors, UCSB with honors and then, because there is not a Hypnotherapy program at UCSB, I attended Huntington Pacific University. One of the noteworthy developments in higher education has been the advent and growth of what are called Professional Doctorate Degrees (also sometimes called "Technical" or "Clinical" Degrees). For those of you not familiar with them, these are "non-academic" degrees as opposed to the "academic", i.e., MA or Ph.D.

    For instance, a Medical Doctor holds an MD - a non-academic "Professional" degree. The other professionals with such Doctorates that you're probably familiar with include:

    Chiropractors (DC)
    Dentists (DDS or DMD)
    Optometrists (OD)
    Osteopaths (DO)
    Psychologists (Psy. D)
    Naturopathics (ND)

    And then there are those you might not be as familiar with who also hold Professional Doctorates, such as:

    Physical Therapists
    Pharmacists
    Audiologists
    Oriental Medical Practitioners
    Nutritionists
    Acupunctureists
    Herbologists

    Professional Degrees for Hypnotherapists (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy or DCH) was pioneered back in the 1980's by the American institute of Hypnotherapy which I founded along with Dr. A.M. Krasner. The DCH is now recognized world-wide.

  • Th
      18th of May, 2007
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    There is no misunderstanding. You misrepresent your education to me. Let me set the record straight:

    You did give a disclosure no where does it state (unless you have changed it) you went to a school that has a and received an education from a place that is basically a Diploma Mill. There are no secrets? Well perhaps your idea of with holding the truth or valid important data as being truthful You state you are proud of your background and worked very hard for it. Well let’s look at your statement and see how proud one should be:

    I did not buy my Ph.D. any more than John Grey, (author of Men are From Mars...) Louise Hays or any of the other notables who have alternative degrees. Let’s John Grey, (author of Men are From Mars...) and Louise Hays both graduated from Columbia Pacific University allowed itself to deteriorate to the extent that it lost its Full Institutional Approval and license to practice in the State of California and in October 2000, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education’s denial of CPU’s re-approval application was upheld and affirmed by the California Supreme Court. However, the court and the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education stated and decreed that CPU degrees awarded before June 25, 1997 are legally valid. However after that date they are not valid.
    California's Deputy Attorney General Asher Rubin called CPU "a diploma mill" as well as "a consumer fraud, a complete scam" and a "phony operation" which offered "totally worthless [degrees]...to enrich its unprincipled promoters." The Associated Press reported that the state had been trying to shut down the correspondence school almost from the day it opened, saying CPU "had virtually no academic standards."[ Truth Vs. Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference (Paperback) by David R. Hawkins (Author)
    According to the California website 2007 “..Although Columbia Pacific University (CPU) is pursuing various legal remedies to regain its approval, CPU is not currently authorized to operate as a degree-granting institution in California...“

    http://www.bppve.ca.gov/press_releases/cputime.htm

    January 15th, 2007 at 2:57 am

    COLUMBIA PACIFIC “UNIVERSITY” IS NOW NOTHING MORE THAN A PUBLIC CHARITY ACCORDING TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

    Incredibly, amazingly, the link provided by Coblin http://www.cpuniv.us./ does not show Columbia Pacific University to be a non-profit “university”, but instead, is actually a Public Charity according to the IRS! Not a “university” as claimed by Coblin, but a Public Charity. Coblin is nothing more than a liar and fabricator.

    Read the entire letter from the IRS here http://www.cpuniv.us./images/irs2.jpg

    NOW let’s talk about your University

    Bunny-Your PHD in Clinical Hypnotherapy from Huntington Pacific University is fully accredited by the World Association of Universities and Colleges (WAUC). And a troubling statement of “... HPU has chosen not to pursue accreditation from regional and/or programmatic agencies associated with the U.S. Department of Education... ” http://www.hpu-edu.com/generalinfo.htm

    Note-The World Association of Universities and Colleges, WAUC, is an institutional accrediting body not recognized by the United States Department of Education. It is run by Maxine Asher, director of the American World University, an unaccredited school. WAUC's website claims that "laws in the U.S.A. prohibit the recognition of global accreditation associations."

    Huntington Pacific University’s webpage:

    When one goes to the contact page http://www.hpu-edu.com/contact.htm

    And click on the link Admissions At Huntington Pacific University it opens to a hpuniversity@earthlink.net. Now how professional is this? It sure does not seem very professional

    Bunny you state “I did not buy my Ph.D”


    “PAY AS YOU LEARN” OPTIONS

    Did you decide on the “ Professional Doctorate Degree (DCH, DMP, DBP, DAH) - $6,950” and Option #1 - $1,500 down. Balance paid in 12 consecutive equal monthly installments.

    Or choose One-time payment in full?

    http://www.hpu-edu.com/tuition.htm

    You also said “... One of the noteworthy developments in higher education has been the advent and growth of what are called Professional Doctorate Degrees (also sometimes called "Technical" or "Clinical" Degrees). For those of you not familiar with them, these are "non-academic" degrees as opposed to the "academic", i.e., MA or Ph.D. Are you talking about Bruce E. Kaloski, Ph.D

    Bruce E. Kaloski, Ph.D – who is Chancellor of Huntington Pacific University?

    -Executive Director of Success Trak Enterprises,
    -past president of the American Medical Hypnotherapy Association,
    -past president of the American Board of Hypnotherapy,
    -co-founder of the American Institute of Hypnotherapy, E
    -executive Director of the International Alternative Therapists Association, and a Fellow of the National Board for Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Anesthesiology

    This makes sense because it states on General Information Mr Kaloski connections seem helpful for the people who go with his program

    One reads the following “..HPU is affiliated with a number of proprietary certifying organizations and associations. These currently include the American Board of Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapy, the International Alternative Therapists Association and Success Trak Professional Training Institute. In most cases, the completion of assigned degree program courses includes certification and/or membership and/or registration by the appropriate association or organization at no additional cost to the student…”
    It also , implies

    “... The non-traditional concept of our self-directed programs does not set a time limit on the student, thereby graduation can occur at any time the student has completed his or her study requirements, met all financial obligations and been recommended for graduation by the core faculty... ” see degree programs http://www.hpu-edu.com/

    Huntington Pacific University’s webpage

    Bruce E. Kaloski, Ph.D.
    412 Olive Ave., #547, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (888) 437-5256
    E-mail: successtrak@earthlink.net
    Clinical Hypnotherapy Training & Certification
    Of course we do. It is not yet offered in 'traditional' universities.

    For instance, a Medical Doctor holds an MD - a non-academic "Professional" degree. The other professionals with such Doctorates that you're probably familiar with include:

    Chiropractors (DC)- A chiropractic program consists of 4 academic years of professional education averaging a total of 4,822 hours, and ranging from 4,400 hours to 5,220 hours in the 16 colleges. This includes an average of 1,975 hours in clinical sciences and 1,405 hours of clinical clerkship. The minimum hours for accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education is 4,200 hours. (CHIROPRACTIC TRAINING Ian D. Coulter, PhD; Alan H. Adams, DC; Ruth Sandefur, DC, PhD 1996 study) this is not the same as your degree

    Dentists (DDS or DMD) To become a general dentist, three or more years of undergraduate college education degree (typically with a strong science foundation) plus four years of dental school is required. After graduating, dentists must take a licensure examination which is required by the state

    Optometrists (OD) The OD degree is usually completed in four years. In general, the four-year programme includes classroom and clinical training in geometric, physical, physiological and ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy, ocular disease, ocular myotology, ocular pharmacology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the vision system, color, form, space, movement and vision perception, design and modification of the visual environment, vision performance and screening. Unique to the educational requirements of optometrists is the advanced study of optics, the science of light and vision, and extensive training in lens design, construction, application and fitting.

    Osteopaths (DO) an osteopath completes 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopaths receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system. M.D.s, osteopaths are licensed at the state level. Osteopaths who wish to specialize may become "board certified" (in much the same manner as M.D.s) by completing a 2- to 6-year residency within the specialty area and passing the board certification exams.

    Psychologists (Psy. D) Successful completion of all requirements for Masters by Coursework in Psychology (at sixth year level or equivalent) except for Psychology Minor Thesis and satisfactory progress in Psychology Minor Thesis. The program comprises a total of 144 units of study. If the clinical or forensic psychology options are chosen, the coursework component consists of 69 units, the professional placements consist of 21 units, and the thesis consists of 54 units. If the organisational psychology option is chosen, coursework consists of 67.5 units, professional placements 22.5 units and the thesis 54 units.
    The first two years of the program consist of the Master of Psychology (Clinical), Master of Psychology (Forensic) or Master of Psychology (Organisational) which are fully nested within the Doctor of Psychology degree. Third and fourth years build upon the first two years by allowing further specialization at doctoral level. The Doctor of Psychology degree may be completed in a total of four years of full-time study or the equivalent of part-time study.

    Naturopathics (ND) A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology and lifestyle counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams to be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care physician.

    And then there are those you might not be as familiar with who also hold Professional Doctorates, such as:

    Physical Therapists A California physical therapist has completed an accredited four-to-six-year college program or if educated in a foreign country has met the educational requirements in physical therapy, including studies in biology, basic medical sciences, and clinical experience. Studies focus on the evaluation and treatment of the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and the nervous system. In addition, California physical therapists have passed the national physical therapy examination and an examination on the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy in California they must have completed 92 credits of undergraduate study including the core and other requirements FOR Doctor of Physical Therapy professional program.

    Pharmacists Pharm.D. is a 4-year program that requires at least 2 years of college study prior to admittance, although most applicants have completed 3 years. Entry requirements usually include courses in mathematics and natural sciences, such as chemistry, biology, and physics, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences. Approximately two-thirds of all colleges require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

    In 2003, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) launched the Pharmacy College Application Service, known as PharmCAS, for students who are interested in applying to schools and colleges of pharmacy. This centralized service allows applicants to use a single Web-based application and one set of transcripts to apply to multiple schools of pharmacy. A total of 43 schools participated in 2003.
    In the 2003–04 academic year, 67 colleges of pharmacy awarded the master-of-science degree or the Ph.D. degree. Both degrees are awarded after the completion of a Pharm.D. degree and are designed for those who want more laboratory and research experience. Many master’s and Ph.D. degree holders do research for a drug company or teach at a university. Other options for pharmacy graduates who are interested in further training include 1-year or 2-year residency programs or fellowships. Pharmacy residencies are postgraduate training programs in pharmacy practice and usually require the completion of a research study. There currently are more than 700 residency training programs nationwide.

    As you can see Bunny you choose some poor examples and compare years of training and a well regulated body vs. “ your school”

    Gil Boyne, one of the top hypnosis trainers in the English-speaking world... whose reputation is very solid and very well deserved... pointed out in his response that there is no such thing as an accredited degree in hypnosis (no BA, no MA, no PhD) as hypnosis is an unregulated, unlicensed profession (personally, I would like to see it kept that way).

    John Dovelos also noted:

    “It's true that many universities offering degree programs in hypnotherapy claim to be accredited. However, if you search a little deeper you'll find that their "accreditation" comes from unrecognized (sometimes even bogus) "accrediting" agencies. In some instances, universities set up their own "accrediting" agencies which they use to accredit themselves. As you understand, this type of "accreditation" is useless and it is worse than no accreditation at all. (seeLife of Brian Blog http://briandavidphillips.typepad.com )

    Bunny Shame on you to imply the Catholic Church accepted

    Professional Degrees for Hypnotherapists (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy or DCH) was pioneered back in the 1980's by the American institute of Hypnotherapy. The DCH is now recognized world-wide. Hypnotherapy is accepted by the AMA, BMA and the Catholic church.

    I for one are sad you are practicing Hypnotherapist because you have hurt me, you already mentioned it. And may have hurt hundreds others, that have hidden, because of fear and shame. After the research all will now see you are a fake like I said I want no money just to be safe and others to be safe. You had a damaged me.

    in Hypnosis Complication, Risks and Prevention, a research article by Dr. Mac Hovec, in The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1988, he lists about 50 complications associated with hypnosis and reports that this is only a partial list. The author grouped the complications into five categories:

    1. The psychotic symptoms or acute panic attacks
    2. Depression with the possibility of suicidal behavior
    3. Symptom substitution
    4. Symptoms resulting from inadvertent suggestions
    5. Masking physical pathology.

    He defines hypnotic complications as “unexpected unwanted thoughts, feelings or behaviors during or after hypnosis which are inconsistent with agreed goals and interfere with the hypnotic process by impairing optimal mental functioning with no prior incidents or history of similar mental or physical symptoms.”

    Well be happy with your life and I wish you the best.until you are served with the lawsuit on your pas clients and the AG complaint soon. I do this not out of anger but to prevent you from hurting anyone else My my Advice to you. The exposed criminal’s “best defense that money can buy” is the truth. A person must take full responsibility for their actions and hold themselves fully accountable without any excuse. They should never rationalize their criminal conduct.

    Ending here is a link with an ad http://www.successtrak.org/hypnosistraining.htm with your Bruce E. Kaloski, Ph.D.- You have him on your references and as your teacher and he is the main contact from the college that you got your PHD.

  • Ju
      20th of May, 2007
    0 Votes

    Bunny you have hurt a lot of people, and need to be shut down! That will be my goal.

  • Bu
      21st of May, 2007
    0 Votes

    You might want to go back and read the disclosure I give all my clients on the first visit. Full disclosure. If you go to my website www.bunnyvreeland.com it also lists my background, education and history. All out front and all available for all to read.

    Have wonderful weekend.

  • It
      22nd of May, 2007
    0 Votes

    It is sad that "Dr." Bunny Vreeland truly does seem to believe that her "degree" actually means something. She says "The DCH is recognized worldwide"... What does that mean? In reality, the DCH is recognized by NO ONE, except the people who buy them and the people who sell them.

    Even with her "extensive" doctoral training, she seems to lack the understanding that based on what she claims on her website, SHE IS PRACTICING MEDICINE WITHOUT A LICENSE, a serious crime.

    I actually feel a little sorry for her because she really seems to think that she "earned" a Ph.D. The fact is, most legitimate professional hypnotists laugh at people who use these kinds of degrees.

    I doubt anyone can convince her that she is deluded about her worthless degree, because it's hard to accept that fact that she's fallen for a scam.

  • It
      22nd of May, 2007
    0 Votes

    Good lord, I just found that "Dr." Bunny Vreeland is listed as an "expert" on the Ventura County Star website:
    http://vcexperts.venturacountystar.com/expert_detail.cfm?expert_ID=51

    I wonder what this newspaper is thinking, promoting this unlicensed person who does not even appear to have a bachelor's level degree, as an expert giving medical and psychiatric advice?

  • Mi
      4th of Jun, 2007
    0 Votes

    We need to really protect the rights of those on these consumer rights. She has now stated that she has filed charges. This is wrong! People who have been ripped off have a right to express their feelings and She can post a rebuttal.

  • Mi
      4th of Jun, 2007
    0 Votes

    My post is in response to "Dr." Bunny Vreeland

    Important Notice Regarding Falsified Internet Complaints

    As of May 15, 2007 there have been some complaints registered against me on the Internet. I would like to take this opportunity to clear these up. These individual complaints are all being posted by the same person pretending to be many. A person who has made some very serious, false, misleading, slanderous and inaccurate charges against me. For this purpose, we will use the initial ‘N’ for identification of the person being referring to.

    Thankfully, many methods are available these days to track malicious individuals such as ‘N’; some of these include IP address tracking, reverse IP lookup, e-mail records, and other investigative tools. To date ‘N’ has been identified and charges are being filed with the Fraud Division of the District Attorney’s office in Ventura County. Some of the charges include Criminal Fraud, identity Theft, and defamation of character, criminal intent and slander.

    Because of the nature of this case and pending litigation I have been advised not to release the details. I just want to say that as professionals, we are all vulnerable to these types of slanderous, malicious, and potential damaging accusations.

    I hope I have cleared up any matters that may concern you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

    Dr. Bunny Vreeland


    I would think she could prove her "PHD" is real, but sadly after reviewing all the information I am not sure how. But I wish she would, instead of making threats

  • St
      22nd of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    I only know about Bruce Kaloski who Bunny Vreeland claims to have a degree from. He rents a very small empty room in Huntington Beach on Main Street now. His hypnosis did not work for me. It did not work for me twice. He apparently teaches hypnosis and offers his own special certificates of graduation. I guess anyone can do that. Give me $297 and I'll send you some tapes and a certificate too.

  • Hy
      9th of Feb, 2010
    0 Votes

    It’s a great post. I like it very much. You shared here extremely knowledgeable post.
    http://www.hypnosisworks.org/hypnotist.shtml

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