My Discovery of Alternative Healing Modalities


In the early 1990’s, I felt drawn to learn how to restore the mind, body, and spirit with a more holistic, natural approach in healing.  In 1994, I took my first training class and became a Certified Spiritual Healer, at the Institute of Spiritual Development (ISD) in Washington, DC.   Over the next seven years, my life’s purpose as a Teacher/Healer unfolded while attending classes and becoming a member of ISD.  ISD is where I once again found God and Jesus Christ and found answers to many spiritual answers I'd been searching for throughout most of my life.  It's also where I became familiar with many kinds of alternative healing modalities, such as Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Technique, Acupressure, Reiki, Past-Life Regression, etc.  I was drawn toward working with Reiki energy and discovered that it came naturally to me.  So I became certified to practice Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Level I in 1995,; Reiki II in 1996; and became a Reiki III Master-Teacher in 1997.  Two years later, I took my Reiki training further and became certified as a Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki (SSR) Master/Teacher Level VII, in 1999.   In 1996, I pursued my certification training to practice Therapeutic Touch Energy Healing, and in 1997, became a Spiritual Counselor.   After becoming a Reiki Master-Teacher, I discovered that I truly enjoyed teaching, which is why I also became certified to teach to the NGH certified Hypnotist course. 

In following my pursuit in wanting to help others, I was ordained into the ministry with the "Sanctuary of the Beloved" in 1997, an incorporated, non-denominational church in New York State.  As an Ordained Minister, I perform baptisms, weddings, dedications, funerals, memorial services, blessings and meditations.  

While living in Montgomery County, MD, from 1968 to 2000, I served as an In Home Care volunteer with Montgomery Hospice; was a Board Member of the Society for the Advancement of Past Life Research Therapy (SAPRT), and a member of the Nurse Practitioner and Healer Association.

Hypnosis is an excellent adjunct as a complimentary medical tool, but it does not replace, nor do we advocate replacing our traditional medical treatments.   Working with your doctor, hypnosis can be used to alleviate the stresses, fears, and discomforts before, during and after surgical procedures, chemo and radiation treatments, painless child birth, burns, and those suffering from long term chronic disorders.  Before moving to Southern Maryland, I received referrals for clients from Doctors at the Pain Management Clinic, at Georgetown University Hospital.

Other successful uses for hypnosis are Stress Management, Smoking Cessation, Weight Reduction, Releasing Fears and Phobias, such as fear of flying, fear of cats or dogs, fear of taking tests, etc.  For example, one school aged young lady, had a  fear of taking tests that caused her to become physically sick to the point she was unable to attend school the day of the test.  In one visit, using hypnosis she was able to eliminate the stomach discomfort and release the test anxiety.  She now takes each test and passes with ease.   Some of my clients have come to see me as a last resort, after they’ve tried everything else known to them.  But, that’s okay, because I feel confident that this will be their last stop in their search for relief. 

I became interested in hypnosis after I’d had an outpatient surgical procedure and had listened to a hypnosis tape that a friend, also a Hypnotist, had given me to relieve the pain from the surgical procedure.  I received the tape the day before the surgery was scheduled, so I decided to listen to the tape the night before the surgery, but quickly fell asleep before finishing it.  After surgery, I’d gone home and when it was time, I took a prescription pain pill as directed by my surgeon.  Within moments I became very ill and lost the contents in my stomach.  That’s when I thought to myself, “This might be a good time to listen to the hypnosis pain tape again.” After listening to the hypnosis tape again my pain had completely disappeared.  I still remember being totally amazed that my surgical pain had totally disappeared.  Next came that “AHA” moment, and in that split second, I knew that I wanted to learn how to do this.  I wanted to learn how to help others relieve their surgical pain.    Within a few months of experiencing a pain free and quicker than normal recuperation, I completed my course study for the Basic Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification, in early 1996, with the International Therapeutic Research Institute, and became certified as a Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) as well. 

Brenda Knight, founder of ATI Hypnosis, brings over 20 years of experience to her very successful hypnotism practice and school, in Lexington Park, MD. She is a lecturer and facilitator of workshops and seminars in the Washington, DC Metro area.   She is certified to teach the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) “Consulting Hypnotist” course and is certified by NGH as a Consulting Hypnotist, HypnoCoach and Metaphysical Counselor.


As a Consulting Hypnotist, I’ve worked with clients covering a wide range of non-therapeutic and clinical, physical and emotional issues.  However, for problems of a clinical nature (physical or emotional) the client must have a referral from their medical or mental health practitioner.  

Brenda Knight, founder of ATI Hypnosis

Credentials and Training 

  • Certified Spiritual Healer, March 1994, (ISD)
  • Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Level I, September 1995 - Rev. Marie Ciociola
  • Certified Basic Clinical Hypnotherapist, Feb.1996 - Int’l Therapeutic Research Inst.
  • Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki II, October 1996 - Rev. Marie Ciociola
  • Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, 1996 
  • Ordained Minister, Sanctuary of the Beloved, Inc., January 1997 – Rev. Daniel Chesbro
  • Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki III Master/ Teacher, February 1997 – Rev. Marie Ciociola
  • Certified Hypnotist, March 1996 (NGH)
  • Certified Spiritual Counselor 1997 
  • Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki Level VII Master/Teacher, November 1999 – Diane Shewmaker
  • Certified HypnoCoach, (NGH) August, 2006 – Lisa Halprin
  • Certified Master of Life, Metaphysical Counselor (NGH) August 2007 -Dick Sutphen
  • Holographic Memory Resolution Practitoner), Level II –  July 2008, Brent Braun 

Brenda Knight