Forensic Hypnosis

What is Forensic Hypnosis

When law enforcement officials need victims or witnesses to relay information from a crime scene, their memories are not always as helpful as they would like them to be.

According to Senior Special Agent John Kilnapp of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), hypnosis may well be the only way to recover the details of a traumatic event crime victims and witnesses have blocked out of their mind.

Brain wave frequencies

Neuroscientists studying electroencephalograms of the alpha and theta brain wave cycles experienced during hypnosis, explain the deep, attentive, physical, mental and emotional relaxation, characteristic of hypnosis, produces a significant increase in endorphin levels, our body’s natural opiate system, as well as in dopamine and norepinephrine levels, enhancing our focus and attention.

This creates an ideal state for synthetic thought and creativity, functions of the right brain hemisphere, placing us in an optimal condition to learn new information, remember facts and data, memorize new languages, and analyze complex situations.

Memory revivification

Helping witnesses and victims enhance their clarity of mind, enables us to revivify their recall, thereby providing law enforcement officials vital leads and information previously inaccessible.

When conducted properly, forensic hypnosis can be an important element in the preparation and outcome of a trial.

Forensic Expertise

A Fellow and the former President of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, Genvièv is an award-winning, board-certified forensic and clinical educator with the National Guild of Hypnotists. The NGH is the largest and most respected organization in the field of professional hypnosis in the world. Established in 1950, it counts thousands of members in over 60 countries.

Professionally trained by a retired police officer and former marine, with a lifelong experience assisting police departments in retrieving the most information possible, Genvièv specializes in high-profile murder cases and criminal investigations. A sample of her criminal case files is accessible below.

Genvièv brings to the table years of executive experience in the legal field, assisting major law firms with the coordination of their cases. She worked on the production of prosecution exhibits for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office during the O.J. Simpson trial and the Menéndez Brothers trial.

A Valedictorian from the Ivy League University of the Sorbonne in Paris, Genvièv graduated summa cum laude from the department of doctorates of one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. With specialized training in forensic discovery, and years of expertise in the medical and legal fields, she acted as a communication liaison in complex and critical situations, including duties for the Department of Homeland Security, the US court system, and leading medical centers.

Trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms and knife combat by a former Lieutenant in the Foreign Legion Anti-Terrorist Unit, she served as an assistant instructor in the Black Belt program of the International Hapkido Federation. She has years of specialized combat training, crime protection and defense training under her belt.



History of Forensic Hypnosis

A crime-fighting tool often kept under the radar, forensic hypnosis refers to the application of hypnosis in civil and criminal investigations to enhance the recall of pertinent details among victims and witnesses.

The use of forensic hypnosis in criminal justice and law enforcement dates back to 1845. First used to solve a burglary case, it has since been used in a number of high-profile cases, including the criminal prosecutions of Ted Bundy, Dr. Sam Sheppard, the Boston Strangler, New York City’s Mad Bomber, and the Scott Peterson case.

In 1976, the use of forensic hypnosis gained national recognition when a school bus driver and 26 students, aged 5 to 14, were kidnapped and buried alive. The driver escaped and was able, with the use of hypnosis, to remember the license plate of the abductors’ white van.


While Courts are divided over the admissibility of hypnotically elicited testimony, forensic hypnosis can be an important element in the preparation and outcome of a trial. The use of forensic hypnosis has been upheld by the US Supreme Court.

In states where hypnosis is not admissible in court, forensic hypnosis, when conducted properly, can still produce vital information, leads, and credible testimony. Pursued and verified independently, this information can lead to court admissible evidence, and prove to be determining to the outcome of the investigation.

For Agencies

If you work in law enforcement, the legal profession, or a governmental agency and need forensic hypnosis expertise, please contact me to schedule a consultation.

For Individuals

If you, or someone you know, have witnessed a crime or have been prayed upon. If your recollection is not as accurate as you would like it to be, contact me to schedule a consultation.

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