Kingston Cowart, M.S. has been a counselor and change
consultant specializing in influence communication
in San Diego, California for over 38 years. His counseling
style emphasizes the role of positive choice and right
action in self-change.
To serve clients outside the San Diego area, he offers
options for some services online as well as At
Home By Phone.
He also assists clients
through general hypnotherapy to make lasting,
successful changes in such areas as:
- habit change
- stress management
- panic and anxious
- personal development
- weight control
- pain management
- diet & exercise
- academic improvement
- nicotine addiction
- health and wellness
In addition, he provides
the following services to patients of (or clients
referred by) California licensed psychologists, physicians,
and dentists for therapeutic treatment:
- clinical therapy
through hypnosis and self-hypnosis training
- medical hypnotherapy
and hypnoanesthesia/- analgesia
- dental anesthesia
for bruxism and other oral health concerns
the first practitioner in his field to have received
formal approval in specific instances to use clinical
hypnosis in the treatment of patients at major San
Diego area hospitals (including Alvarado, Grossmont,
Mercy, and Sharp Memorial).
taught hospital in-service programs in the use of
hypnosis in emergency medicine.
Over the years Mr. Cowart's
practice has expanded to include personal self-change
advising, public seminars, corporate presentations
(keynote speaker and breakout presenter), university
teaching, consulting, and mentoring.
Through his counseling
practice, his work in clinical and general hypnosis
and his extended professional outreach, J. Kingston
Cowart has been an effective change agent for many
thousands of people.
A Spiritual Approach
actions are often both stimulated and inhibited by
religious beliefs. Moreover, religion itself is becoming
an increasingly significant factor in today's secular
world a world in which international affairs,
domestic politics, and corporate practices are impacted
far more by ethnic and cultural religious issues than
by matters of personal spiritual insight.
such an atmosphere, many core spiritual issues in
religion are often misunderstood or even misrepresented
- leaving us with a need to reengage the true spiritual
roots of the of the world's great religions.
is therefore part of the mission of the Center for
Self-Change to help promote an understanding of those
essential historic psychological and spiritual truths
which can be of importance to all members of society
Kingston Cowart's own background is well suited to
that mission. In addition to separate bachelor of
arts degrees in sociology and psychology and a master
of science degree in counseling, he has also completed
over 90 undergraduate and graduate units in the fields
of philosophy and religion. These include courses
related to the equivalent of a third bachelor's degree
in religious studies and the Master of Arts in philosophy
and psychology of religion.
interests to date have been in world religions, East
Asian traditions, metaphysics, ways of transformation,
modes of spirituality, and philosophy of spirit.
He has studied the Teaching
of Philosophy and Religion with Huston
author of The World's
Religions and subject of "The Wisdom of
Faith with Huston Smith," PBS 1996;
Philosophy of Religion
and Psychology of Religion with Maurice
Marlin Buber's authorized
biographer; moderator of the famous 1957 dialogue
between Buber and Carl Rogers; a major figure in
the development of the dialogical approach in psychotherapy,
he is co-founder of the Institute for Dialogical
Psychotherapy in San Diego, California;
and Ways of Transformation
and Philosophy of Spirit with Allan
W. Anderson, Ph.D.,
a major interlocutor
of J. Krishnamurti, author of A Wholly Different
Way of Living: Krishnamurti in Dialogue with Professor
Allan W. Anderson; and an exceptional professor
of religious studies whose unparalleled series of
special topics classes Mr. Cowart attended for many
During the course of
these studies, he also became acquainted with
Joseph Campbell, M.A., author of The Masks
of God and subject of "Joseph Campbell and
the Power of Myth", PBS 1988 for whose academic,
professional, and personal advice he remains most
These influences have
led J. Kingston Cowart to an approach toward self-change
which emphasizes the essentially spiritual nature
of the human condition. He agrees with Carl Jung's
position that psychotherapy is at its best when it
is spiritually informed. He further believes that
what may generally be called the Holy Spirit is the
source of self in each of us and is thus the
true agent of self-change (whether acknowledged or
Mr. Cowart does not
require nor even expect that his clients accept these
views. They simply represent the perspective from
which he envisions reality and the basis on which
he works to help others achieve the changes they desire.
Having completed a two-year
interfaith seminary program through St. John's University
- Springfield LA, J. Kingston Cowart was ordained
a minister of the Congregational
Church of Practical Theology on July 15, 2003.
His private practice
and other professional activities are thus part of
an ongoing ministry of support for others on their
own paths to self-change.
The Center for Self-Change
is not, however, a church. It seeks no tax exemption
or other special status and does not engage in either
the teaching of any religion or the promotion of one
religion over another.
April, 2007 Rev. Cowart was recognized by the San
Diego VITAS Hospice organization as its 2006 Spiritual
Care Volunteer of the Year for his work with terminally
ill patients and in facilitating bereavement groups
for family members suffering from the effects of grief
April, 2008 Rev. Cowart was accredited as a Certified
Chaplain by the Academy of Certified Chaplains.
AND COLLEGE TEACHING
J. Kingston Cowart founded
the San Diego State University Self-Hypnosis Program,
teaching self-hypnosis for academic improvement and
personal development to some 5000 students over 28
semesters (1971-1985). A nationally noted course,
the program received favorable notice in Psychology
Today and stimulated interest in other universities
as far away as Belgium and Brazil. During its thirteen-year
existence, the program was the only university offering
of its kind in the world.
Mr. Cowart developed
many innovative and highly effective techniques in
educational hypnosis. As a consequence, he created
and taught a program for the SDSU school of education
on Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis in Educational Processes.
Originally intended as a single semester offering
for teachers and graduate students, the course was
continued for two and a half years.
He has also taught additional
courses on hypnosis at SDSU from time to time for
both graduate and undergraduate credit in sociology,
education, athletics, and criminal justice.
He taught Police Psychology
at Southwestern College (Chula Vista, California),
summer semester, 1985.
For three semesters
(1998 and 1999) Mr. Cowart lectured twice monthly
on Altered States of Consciousness and Consciousness
and Self-Change for California State University, San
Marcos Office of Extended Studies.
J. Kingston Cowart is
an engaging and informative presenter for seminars,
lectures, and keynote addresses on influence communication,
the philosophy and metaphysics of change, organizational
change, and related topics.
A graduate of the Law
Enforcement Hypnosis Institute in Los Angeles,
Mr. Cowart pioneered the use of hypnosis in criminal
investigation for San Diego County in 1974 and served
for several years as forensic hypnosis consultant
to the San Diego Sheriff's Department.
For corporations, private
companies, public institutions, and other organizations,
he offers Solution-Focused Management Consulting and
Training as well as personnel training in such
areas as self-hypnosis, motivation, stress management,
salesmanship, executive development, and health &
Master of Arts (ABT),
Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy and Psychology
of Religion, San Diego State University (SDSU),
Master of Science, Counseling,
Bachelor of Arts Equivalent
Units (degree not applied for) Religious Studies,
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology,
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology,
Association, Fellow, 2008; Certified Diplomate
in Psychotherapy, 1998.
California Council of
Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapist, 1985
American Council of
Hypnotist Examiners, Master Hypnotist, 1982
Council of California, Master Hypnotist, 1979
Law Enforcement Hypnosis
Institute, Investigative Hypnosis (Basic),
Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnosis
Los Angeles Society
of Clinical Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnosis (Advanced),
San Diego Society of
Clinical Hypnosis, Medical-Dental Hypnosis (Basic),
COMMUNITY COLLEGE CREDENTIALS
Philosophy & Religion
of Practical Theology (Minister)
of Chinese Philosophy
of Philosophy and Psychotherapy
San Diego State University
Alumni Association (Officer)*
VITAS Innovative Hospice
(Spiritual Care Volunteer; Bereavement Group Facilitator
San Diego State University Business Alumni Network,
(current); President-elect, (2009-20010); Vice President
for Professional Development, 2007-2009).
President, San Diego
County Sheriff's Reserve Deputies Association, 1979-1981
Chair, San Diego Regional
Examining Board, Hypnotist Examining Council of California,
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